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  ISSUE 13/2006

29 May 2006  


Finally Finland won something big on the international stage, literally, at least if you are into music. Lordi, a melodic hard rock band from Finland, won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with a record 292 points, giving Finland its first ever victory. Yes, they are controversial and their costumes makes you scared, but they don't sound that bad...

Monster costumes are such an integral part of Lordi's publicity image that they refuse to be photographed or even interviewed without them, even if in some cases it leads to their own discomfort. Even though President Halonen has acknowledge their victory (read more in the news section), they will not be invited to the Independence Day party on 6 December at the Presidential Palace because people with masks are not allowed....

Report from the FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on 23 May

At our luncheon meeting on 23 May we had a prominent business leader from Finland, Mr. Heikki Martela, President of Martela Group as our guest speaker.

Mr. Martela spoke about the development of Martela Group from a small family company established by Hekki's father in 1945 to 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.

Heikki Martela was in Tokyo, his first visit to Japan, on the occasion of "Martela Design Event Tokyo 2006" which is held at the Embassy of Finland.

To find out more about the event, attended by 23 members and guests, please click link below.
Wed. 21 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting with Ambassador Julin

At the next luncheon meeting on Wednesday 21 June our speaker will be H.E.. Mr. Jorma Julin, Ambassador of Finland to Japan.

Ambassador Julin will speak around the theme: "Finland's EU Presidency July-December 2006" Finland will take over the Presidency of the European Union on July 1. What are her priorities and objectives and what does it mean for EU-Japan relations?


Date & Time:Wednesday 21 June, 12:00-14:00
Place: Embassy of Finland
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 19 June

  Profile of Ambassador Julin
Before taking up his position in Tokyo in September 2005, Ambassador Julin served as Counsellor for Foreign Affairs. Mr Julin entered the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1971 and has held posts in the Finnish missions in Bonn and Teheran and the Permanent Delegation of Finland to the OECD in Paris. He has been the Finnish Ambassador to Seoul and, from 2000 until 2005, Head of the Permanent Delegation to the OECD in Paris. At the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, he has served, among others, as Director and, from 1996 to 2000, as Director General of the Department for External Economic Relations.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right.
DCCJ Brunch Meeting with Lars Lindgren, CEO SAS International
Thu. 1 June - The Future of Scandinavian Airlines International

The Danish Chamber invites you to a Brunch Meeting with Mr. Lars Lindgren, CEO Scandinavian Airlines International, who will be speaking on, "The Future of Scandinavian Airlines International" and the challenges in the aviation industry.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. The location will be at the attractive City Club of Tokyo inside the Canadian Embassy, accomplished by a delicious light brunch!


Date & Time:Thursday 1 June, 8:30-10:00
Place: City Club of Tokyo MAP
Cost:3,500 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 29 May

  Profile of Lars Lindgren
Lars Lindgren was born in Stockholm on 26 August 1950. He earned an MBA at the Gothenburg School of Economics in 1972. He enrolled in a management trainee program at SAS in 1974, and has been loyal to SAS since then. Mr Lindgren was appointed Senior Vice President, SAS Partnerships & Alliances in the beginning of 1999. In conjunction with the forming of a new SAS in 2002, the Partnerships & Alliances department was extended to include the task of Commercial Coordination of the SAS Group of Airlines.

In 2003, yet another step was taken, Scandinavian Airlines was divided into 4 units - Denmark, Norway, Sweden and International. Mr. Lindgren was appointed the CEO of SAS International, which is responsible for all Sales & Marketing and Station staff overseas, as well as Scandinavian Airlines' Long-Haul operations to Asia and North America. Mr. Lindgren is on the Board of Directors for Skyways and SAS Cargo.

If you would like to attend, please click link at right to register directly with the DCCJ.
News from Finland

President Halonen to award Finnish Eurovision winner Lordi

Tarja Halonen, Finland's president, is to present an award from Suomalaisen Työn Liitto, the Association for Finnish Work, to Eurovision winner Lordi.

President Halonen is to present the bronze Avainlippu, or "key flag", award to the monster band on Friday night at the celebration held in honour of the band's triumph at the Eurovision song contest. The celebration is to be held at the Market Square in the centre of Helsinki.

Grin of the week

Potential & Reality

A kid comes home from school with a writing assignment. He asks his father for help. "Dad, can you tell me the difference between potential and reality?"

His father looks up, thoughtfully, and then says, "I'll demonstrate. Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Robert Redford for a million dollars. Then go ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Then come back and tell me what you've learned."

The kid is puzzled, but decides to ask his mother. "Mom, if someone gave you a million dollars, would you sleep with Robert Redford?"

"Don't tell your father, but yes, I would."

He then goes to his sister's room. "Sis, if someone gave you a million dollars, would you sleep with Brad Pitt?"

She replies, "O my god! Definitely!"

The kid goes back to his father. "Dad, I think I've figured it out. Potentially, we are sitting on two million bucks, but in reality, we are living with two sluts."

Have a good week and remember; don't ask too many questions...

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.