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  ISSUE 6/2007

28 March, 2007  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

It is hanami time, i.e. cherry blossom viewing, which is the Japanese equivalent of the Finnish Vappu (May Day) and Juhannus (Midsummer) combined, at least what comes to consumption of "not so soft" drinks. So take care... falling asleep under a cherry tree does not prevent you from getting a flu.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency had some problems to forecast the accurate date when the cherry blossom would start, but now it is safe to say that it is here.

Tue. 3 April - FCCJ Annual General Assembly

The seventh Annual General Assembly of the FCCJ will be held at
the Embassy of Finland on Tuesday, 3 April at 17.00.

The General Assembly will be followed by a presentation by Jorma Turunen, President and CEO, Finpro and a buffet 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 Friday 30 March.
Stora Enso Cup:
Fri. 13 April - Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
The 11th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 13 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, 13 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 6 April

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

Report from Luncheon Meeting on 16 March with Gerhard Fasol

At our luncheon meeting on Friday 16 March at Westin Tokyo we had one of the foremost experts, at least among foreigners, on mobile technology in Japan, Mr. Gerhard Fasol, Representative Director, CEO, Eurotechnology Japan K.K..

In his presentation, themed "Help - my mobile phone does not work! - Why Japan's mobile phone sector is so different from Europe's", Mr. Fasol talked about the handset market share, the perception of broadband in Japan and Europe, Japan's mobile phone market and what could be learned from the failure of Vodaphone in Japan.

For a report (incl. Mr. Fasol's presentation) and more images from the event,

For a report (incl. Mr. Hienonen's presentation) from the luncheon, which was attended by 37 members, click link at right.
EBC Retail, Wholesale, and Distribution Committee presentation:
Thu. 12 April - Retailing in Japan: Imaginary Barriers or Real Challenges

On April 12, the EBC will hold a seminar on "Retailing in Japan: Imaginary Barriers or Real Challenges". There will be presentations by the authors of "Japan: A Modern Retail Superpower" and discussion among panel members, including the President of LVMH Japan, IKEA Japan, Tesco Japan and Copyrights Japan.

Please click link at right for details and registration.

News from Finland

Euro more popular in Finland than in eurozone on average

Asked by London-based thinktank Open Europe whether a return to the previous national currency would be a good idea, some 59 per cent of Finns said no and 38 per cent yes, compared with the eurozone average figures of 47 and 49 per cent, respectively.

Some 63 per cent of the Finnish respondents said 'against' when asked which way they would vote in a referendum on a new treaty transferring more power to the EU. Across the 27 member states, opinions were split down the middle with 41 per cent saying 'for' and 41 per cent 'against'.

Open Europe, which is highly critical of the EU's supranational power, made the results of its survey public late on Friday. More than 17,000 people were interviewed.

Grin of the week

Diver Meets Guy Underwater

One day, a diver was enjoying the aquatic world 20 feet below sea level. He noticed a guy at the same depth he was, with no scuba gear on whatsoever. The diver went below another 10 feet, but the guy joined him a minute later. The diver went below 15 more feet, and a minute later, the same guy joined him.

This confused the diver, so he took out a waterproof pad and pencil, and wrote, "Amazing! How are you able to stay this deep down without equipment?"

The guy took the pencil and pad, erased what the diver had written, and wrote, "I'm drowning, you moron!"

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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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 67 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.