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  ISSUE 10/2006

28 April 2006  


This bulletin I would like to start with an apology....although this time I am fairly innocent, blame it on the French...

In last weeks bulletin, and in the invitation sent out to our members on Wednesday, I announced that our next club evening with wine tasting would take place on Tuesday 16 May. Almost as soon as we had dropped the invitation letters in the mailbox I got a call from our co-organizer. The venue, La Brasserie de l'institut Franco-Japonais, has a problem with our date... The institute has closed ties to the French Embassy, and the French Ambassador fancied the same date for his party....

Therefore we agreed to move up our event one day, i.e. the new date is Wednesday 17 May. Read more about the event below.

One last reminder about the Foreign Chambers Business Confidence Survey, which ends today. I have sent out a survey notice to our foreign affiliated members. If you have not received the notice, or lost it, please MAIL me. We have already more than 400 responses, but would like to have yours too!

Wed. 17 May - FCCJ Club Evening and Wine Tasting

Our next Club Evening on Wednesday 17 May will be held at a different location because we are combining it with a wine tasting!

This event is organized in cooperation with Eric Dahler of Alcotrade Trust Inc. who will bring a variety of wines for tasting. If you find wines to your taste, and budget, you could make orders at favorable prices on the spot for delivery to your home or office. Again, note the change of date!

Date & Time:Wednesday, 17 May, 19:00 -21:00
Place: La Brasserie de l'institut Franco-Japonais, Ichigaya [MAP]
Cost:4,000 yen (members); 4,500 yen (non-members)
Registration:by Friday, 12 May

Note that the fee is for dinner only, the wine tasting is provided for free, but naturally Mr. Dahler expects some business...
Therefore we hope that those who will attend would also, although no obligation, seriously consider purchasing some wine. When you register you could also mention which kinds of wines you are interested in; red/white; French/Italian/Spanish/Californian/New World/etc. and price range; i.e. less than 1,000 yen, 1-2,000 yen, over 2,000 yen.

If you would like to attend, please click link below.
Tue. 23 May - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Heikki Martela

At our next luncheon meeting on Tuesday 23 May we will have as our guest speaker Mr. Heikki Martela, President of Martela Group.

Mr. Martela will speak around the theme: "From 1945 to Martela's Design Event in Tokyo", about the development of Martela into the leading office furniture company in Scandinavia, and about their business in, and strategies for Japan. Details:

Date & Time:Tuesday 23 May, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Kyoto Room, B2F
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Fri. 19 May

  Profile of Heikki Martela
Born in 1956, M.Sc. (Econ), MBA President of Martela Oyj since 1 March 2002. Heikki Martela has worked in Martela since 1993 and has earlier been responsible for the Scandinavian business unit and the product development process of the Group. Served as Managing Director of Martela AB and Aski Inredningscenter AB 1993-1999. Member of the Board of Martela Oyj since 1986 and served as full-time Chairman of the Board 2000-2002

About Martela Group
Martela is the leading office furniture company in Scandinavia. The concept behind Martela is the fast and efficient delivery of good quality, ergonomically designed, dynamic interior solutions, which support its customers' business. Martela has been furnishing offices and public premises since 1945.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
EU-Japan Centre - JOHOGEN Seminar
Thu 11 May - "Introduction to Word of Mouth Marketing"

Seminar by Rainer Jeske, Principal, Comites Asia LLC (in English) and Masayuki Nakajima, Director, Kokokusha K.K. (in Japanese)

A recent study by McKinsey, revealed that two-third of the US economy is based on word of mouth (WOM). WOM is gradually gaining momentum, as shown by its effect on successful businesses such as Skype, Apple, LinkedIn and many more.

This seminar will explain how WOM can be effectively used to acquire more customers. The speakers will present critical insights from their own experience and propose their WOM model that has been successfully applied across different industries - a case study of Kansai Electric Power will highlight the strategic use of WOM from planning to implementation and how it yielded double the normal results.


Date & Time:Thursday, 11 May, 14:00-16:00
Place: EU-Japan Centre for Ind. Coop., Main Conference Room 4F MAP

For more information and registration form, click link below.
News from Finland

Kone to supply all lifts for Beijing 2008 flagship stadium

Finnish lift and escalator maker Kone said in a statement Wednesday that China's Guo Hua International Contractor Company and Beijing Urban Construction Group had placed two orders with Kone to deliver all 26 lifts for the National Stadium in Beijing, the main athletics stadium of the 2008 Olympic Games.

The National Stadium, known as the 'Birds Nest' because of its unique design, will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, as well as athletics events and football finals.

Kone has won a number of orders for Olympiad-linked projects in China, including equipment deliveries for the new terminal in Beijing Capital Airport, the Capital Museum and the National Grand Theatre.

Grin of the week

College Rules

On the first day of college, the dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules: "The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time. Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will cost you $180. Are there any questions?"

"How much would it be for a season pass?"

Tomorrow marks the start of the Golden Week in Japan, with a string of public holidays on 29 April (Greenery Day), 3 May (Constitution Day), 4 May (Between Day - according to Japanese law, a day which falls between two national holidays is also declared a national holiday) and 5 May (Children's Day). Many Japanese take paid time off on the intervening work days, but some companies also close down completely and give their employees time off.

The term Golden Week was coined by movie theater operators after a new law in 1948 created the consecutive holidays, and thus increased attendance at the theaters, and money in the operators coffers. At the time, April 29 was a national holiday celebrating the birth of Emperor Showa. Upon his death in 1989, the day was renamed as "Greenery Day" in order to retain Golden Week.

In 2007, Greenery Day will move to May 4, and April 29 will be renamed Showa Day. So the the week becomes a bit less Golden (at least if you like days off). Perhaps it should then be renamed Silver Week...

I wish you a nice weekend and a pleasant Golden week or May Day or Vappu (depending on where you are)!

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 72 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.