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  ISSUE 2/2005

28 January, 2005  


Time flies... already almost one month has gone from this year even if we just celebrated the new year.
And it is less than two months to the start of the EXPO 2005 AICHI. At the Expo, the five Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, will present themselves as one region. The pavilion will focus on the Nordic countriesf common characteristics of modern life, history, culture, traditions, climate, industry and trade, instead of focusing on individual differences.
To find out more about the Nordic pavilion, go to: http://www.nordicatexpo2005.org/

Report from the FCCJ Club Evening at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe

Businessmen among the Moomins

The second FCCJ Club Evening was held on 19 January at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe at Tokyo Dome City La Qua.

Despite a limited space for the 35 participants (or perhaps just because of that...) the discussions were active and the mood relaxed. The new Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland, Ms. Anu Saarela, and the new Director of the Finnish Institute in Japan, Dr. Heikki Mäkipää, introduced themselves and the tasks ahead of them in their new positions.

For more images from the evening, click link below.
23 February - FCCJ Monthly Luncheon Meeting

The next luncheon meeting is held on Wednesday 23 February.
Our speaker is Mr. Hirokuni Yoshida, President, Outokumpu K.K. and the theme of his presentation is (tentative): Outokumpu and their current business in Japan - worldwide success through cooperation


Date & Time:Wednesday, 23 February, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 21 February

  Profile of Hirokuni Yoshida
Mr. Yoshida was born in 1950 in Tokyo. He graduated (BA Econ.) from Musashi University and joined the Steel Sales Division of Nichimen Corp. in 1974. In 1987 he moved to Outokumpu Japan K.K. as Sales Manager and was appointed President in 1994. Between 2002 and 2004 he was President of AvestaPolarit Japan K.K. (AvestaPolarit was established through a merger between Outokumpu stainless steel and Avesta-Sheffield). When AvestaPolarit and Outokumpu was merged in 2004, Mr. Yoshida became President of the new Outokumpu K.K.
Hirokuni Yoshida is married with two children.

If you would like to register, please click link at right.
3 February - Okayama Investment Seminar

Okayama Prefecture will hold a seminar on investment opportunities and incentives in Okayama on Thursday, February 3, 2005 at the Ark Hills Hall in Tokyo.

For business information about Okayama please go to: http://www.optic.or.jp/invest/EN/index2.html
This section of Okayama Prefecture's English website provides business information about Okayama, including a section on public support for investors (click on "Business Information" at the bottom of the screen).


Date & Time:Thursday, 3 February, 15:00-17:30
Place: Ark Hills Hall A2 & A3 (5th Floor)
Akasaka , 1-12-32, Minato-ku

Please see the attached flyer for details about the meeting and registration. Please register your attendance at the seminar directly with Okayama Prefecture.
17-18 February - Visit Mie Medical Valley

Mie Prefectural Government and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) are organizing a tour entitled "Visit Mie Medical Valley, where Life Science means opportunities" for foreign-affiliated companies interested in expanding their businesses into Japan's pharmaceutical industry to acquaint them with the business environment of Mie Prefecture and to give them opportunities to network with local companies.

Mie Prefecture has launched in 2002 a "Mie Medical Valley Project" by aiming to develop a medical-health-welfare industry cluster based on the concentration of pharmaceutical companies in the Iga and Yokkaichi regions. Mie Prefecture provides subsidies for new business development (up to 1 billion yen) and venture subsidies. A special zone for foreign researchers and the conclusion of a cooperative agreement with BioCon Valley (Germany) are among other approaches being pursued.

This tour will offer briefings on the investment environment in Mie Prefecture, the industrial cooperation assistance offered by Mie University's School of Medicine, and the Mie Clinical Trials Support Network, visits to the facilities of local pharmaceutical manufacturers; and a reception to give participants opportunities to exchange views with officials from manufacturing companies, Mie University, and local governments.

Please see the attached flyer for details about the tour and registration.
News from Finland

Nokia Q4 pre-tax profits down, expects solid Q1 sales
Nokia on Thursday reported fourth-quarter pre-tax profits of 1.46 billion euros, down by 15 per cent year-on-year, and net sales up by 3 per cent to 9.06 billion euros. The group's profits were however forecast to drop more than posted.

Chairman and chief executive Jorma Ollila said in a statement that the group's mobile device market share rose to 34 per cent in the fourth quarter from 32 per cent in the previous one. "Our fourth-quarter performance was clearly a reflection of the ability of the Nokia team to rapidly respond to faster-than-expected market growth," Mr Ollila said in a statement.

After a year that saw a radical drop in market share in the spring and subsequent price slashes to regain lost ground, Nokia sees robust sales in the first quarter of 2005. "First-quarter Nokia group net sales are expected to be in the range of EUR 7.0 billion - EUR 7.3 billion, compared with EUR 6.6 billion in the first quarter 2004," the statement said.

Grin of the week

Reasons to allow drinking at work

The below are valid reasons as to why drinking should be allowed at work. If you use them wisely, you may even be able to convince your boss into allowing alcohol.
  1. It's an incentive to show up.
  2. It leads to more honest communications.
  3. It reduces reduces stress and complaints about low pay.
  4. It cuts down on time off because you can work with a hangover.
  5. Employees tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear.
  6. Increases job satisfaction because if you have a bad job you don't care.
  7. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.
  8. It makes fellow employees look better.
  9. It makes the cafeteria food taste better.
  10. If something does something stupid on the job, it will be quickly forgotten.
A final note, if you are a golfer, please mark Friday 15 April in your calendar. Then we play the Stora Enso Cup - the Sweden Finland Golf Challenge. There's a lot of revenge to be taken...

Enjoy the weekend and,

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
send it to: fccj@gol.com

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This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 550 recipients among its members and related organizations.
FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 72 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.