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  ISSUE 8/2006

28 March 2006  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!

Finally the spring has arrived in Japan. A sure sign of it is the cherry blossom, which started in Tokyo a couple of days ago. The cherry blossom brings out the festivity mood in all Japanese (and some of us foreigners living here...), which means a lot of partying under the cherry trees. In many companies, one of the first duties of newly hired is to go in the morning to secure a good spot in some park for the evening's party with a big blue tarpaulin.

But for those of you who didn't have this duty, please read on, there's a lot of items in this bulletin.

Wed. 5 April - FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The seventh Annual General Assembly of the FCCJ will be held at
the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 5 April at 17.00.

The General Assembly will be followed by a reception hosted by H.E. Ambassador Jorma Julin at 18:30. The Reception is free for one representative per FCCJ member, additional participants will be charged 7,000 yen. Note that the General Assembly is open only to members and representatives of member companies.

If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link below. Registration dead-line is Monday 3 April.
Stora Enso Cup:
Fri. 14 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The 9th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 14 April for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
This time the event is organized by SCCJ and we have decided to use the same venue as last time, the Windsor Park Golf & Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Date & Time:Friday, 14 April, first tee-off 09:29
Place: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki Pref. [MAP]
Play format: Stroke play with handicap
Cost:11,000 yen (incl. green fee, sandwich lunch, party and tax)
Registration:by Friday 31 March

For further information, please click link below for a flyer which also contains a registration form. You could also  email your registration   to me.

IKEA 4.5 MUSEUM in on Ginko Tree Avenue in Gaienmae

On 31March, from 19:30, IKEA unveils an exhibition of 14 rooms,
4.5 tatami sized, along the Gingko Tree Avenue in Gaienmae (Icho-Namiki)!

IKEA would be delighted to see all friends at this event which continues during April. All room sets will find a winner among the visitors at a lottery at the end of the exhibition period.

And of course, don't miss the opening of the first IKEA store in Funabashi on April 24!

Sincerely,
Tommy Kullberg, Country Manager, IKEA Japan
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation JOHOGEN Seminar
Wed. 5 April - Japan's Silver Elite: Opportunities in a Growing Retirement Market

by Patrick Ryan, Senior Analyst, Marubeni Corporation and Declan Hayes, Professor of Finance, Sophia University, Tokyo

Details:

Date & Time:Wednesday, 5 April, 14:00-16.00
Place: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Main Conference Room 4F MAP
Cost:free
Registration:a.s.a.p

The seminar will provide an introduction to the development of Japan's retirement market and a discussion on the structural changes necessary to allow Japan develop in the health care industry to cater for its rapidly aging population of retirees. The speakers will discuss the many lucrative niche areas of this $1,300 billion market where European and other foreign companies can be profitably involved. The presentations are intended to provide a framework for open discussion for the benefit of the audience through the Question & Answer session - the speakers welcome the participants' input and topics of interest in advance of the seminar.
OECD Tokyo Centre Seminar
Thu. 6 April - Doha Round: What is at Stake

Presenter: Jean-Marie METZGER, Director, OECD Trade Directorate

The WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong in December 2005 made some progress in advancing the Doha Development Agenda. But much remains to be done, particularly in setting negotiating modalities in agriculture and NAMA and in putting some flesh onto the bones of the GATS. Given the work still to do, it is not guaranteed that new deadlines will be met or that the DDA will be concluded on time.

Details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 6 April, 10:00-12:00
Place: Japan National Press Club Hall
Nippon Press Centre Bldg. 10th Floor, 2-2-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Tokyo
Cost:free
Registration:a.s.a.p

The OECD work supports the Doha Development Agenda by informing the negotiators on the costs and benefits of the different issues under negotiation. Mr. Metzger will provides analysis on how these benefits can be reaped as well as how costs could be offset.
Canadian Chamber Event
Thu. 13 April - The Podcast Primer

Everything you need to know about the internet's latest and hottest application - podcasting! Podcasting is about creating content (audio or video) for an audience that wants to listen when they want, where they want and how they want.

In less than a year, podcasting has gone from niche trend to phenomenon to full blown media opportunity. The CCCJ has put together a panel of Japan's leading podcasters, producers and marketers to tell their stories and give a report on the state of podcasting worldwide and here in Japan.

Details:

Date & Time:Thursday, 13 April, 18:30-20:00 (includes networking cocktails and snacks)
Place: Canadian Embassy Theatre
Cost:3,500 yen (chamber members)
Registration:by Monday, 10 April

Panelists include: Toru Sasaki, Director of Nikkei's Podcast section, Kamasami Kong, Hawaiian radio legend and well known on-air talent in Japan, Phil Rubel, Managing Director, Fallon Tokyo, Catherine Kobayashi, Individual podcaster and host of "Better English with Catherine", Rich Pavonarius, Host and producer of "Herro Flom Japan".
Moderator: Peter Williams, CEO, Orbitune Inc. Producer of Yomiuri Shimbun's daily news podcast.

If you are interested in this event, please click below to register.
Program Director's Position at JMEC

The Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC) is looking for a Program Director. This is a unique opportunity to organize, promote and direct Japan's only non-profit market expansion competition.

JMEC is a practical business training program centered on a competition between teams of English-speaking Japan-based individuals, to write the best business plan for the Japan activities of client companies. In its 12th successful year, JMEC is supported by 11 foreign chambers of commerce and the European Commission in Japan.

Further details of the JMEC program and job description, click link below.
CHANEL Presents Young Concert Artists Festival Week

6 -13 May at NeXus Hall in Chanel building in Ginza

Young Concert Artists is a professional organization founded in 1961 to discover and launch the careers of brilliant, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world.

At the concert week, 11 young artists will perform at seven concerts, including three Finnish musicians, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Paavali Jumppanen and Elina Vähälä.

For further information and sponsoring opportunities, please contact Shuzo Yamamoto, Chairman, Citizen's League for the Arts, tel: 03-5985-5322, e-mail: affinite@aol.com
News from Finland

Finland's Metsa-Botnia says ready to halt work at Uruguay mill

Finnish pulp and paper maker Metsa-Botnia is prepared to suspend installation of equipment at its pulp mill in Fray Bentos in Uruguay, Erkki Varis, the chief executive, told the Finnish News Agency (STT) Monday.

According to Mr Varis the timing, duration and extent of the halt are up to negotiations between the president of Argentina, Nestor Kirchner, and Tabare Vazquez, the Uruguayan opposite number. The presidents are to meet Wednesday, after which the government of Uruguay is to announce its demands to Metsa-Botnia.

Metsa-Botnia is constructing the pulp mill in cooperation with the Spanish company Ence. Ence has not yet announced whether it is willing to suspend its own construction activities.

The row ensued after Argentinean non-governmental organisations protested against the alleged environmental effects of the pulp mill, which is located close to the Argentinean border.



Hope you have a good week and could enjoy some cherry blossom!

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 600 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.