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  ISSUE 12/2008 29 May, 2008  

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

I indicated in my last mail that we might have two events in June. Unfortunately we hade to postpone the visit to the Toyota factory in Toyota city planned for Wed. 18 June until autumn, but instead we have a luncheon meeting on that day where we will learn more about the background and activities of Nokia Siemens Networks. Read more below.

Report from the joint luncheon meeting with the Central Finland Chamber of Commerce

The luncheon meeting held on Tuesday 20 May was a joint meeting with the Central Finland Chamber of Commerce who is visiting Japan with a 9 person strong delegation. This was the first time for FCCJ to have a joint meeting with a Finnish chamber of Commerce.

We had two speakers, Ms. Ritva Nirkkonen, Managing Director of Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd., "Human Tech Business Competence in Central Finland" and Mr. Timo Varhama, President, UPM-Kymmene Japan KK, "Japan Business - Tips for Success"

The presentations created a lot of discussions and could have continued far longer than the two hours reserved for the luncheon.

For more about the event, attended by 35 participants,
Wednesday, 18 June - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Yasushi Ozu, President, Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp.

Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 June, where we will have the President of our newest member, Mr. Yasushi Ozu of Nokia Siemens Networks Japan Corp. The theme of Mr. Ozu's presentation will be will talk "Nokia Siemens Networks - background, current activities and future plans in Japan".

Date & Time:Wednesday, 18 June, 12.00-14:00
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing B2F, Ascot Hall MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Monday 16 June

If you like to attend, please click link below.
Saturday, 14 June -The Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association Event
Early Summer Outing to the Iris Garden at Meiji Shrine

The Japan Finland Culture and Friendship Association has the pleasure to invite you to an early summer outing to the renowned Iris Garden in Meiji Shrine on Saturday, 14 June at 10:00. Please bring family and friends!

Meeting place is the Meiji Shrine ticket gate at JR Harajuku station and the event is expected to take two hours.
Free of charge.

Please register by using the form linked below.
Wednesday, 4 June - Finland Forum
Presentation by Ambassador Jorma Julin: The Finland System

The NPO Active Middle International Association is organizing a Finland Forum on Wednesday 4 June focusing on the Finnish education system and the secrets of its success. Ambassador Jorma Julin will make a presentation titled "The Finland System" at the forum.
Another presentation will be made by Mr. Tatsuo Wada, who has earned an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 4 June, 18.30-21:00
Venue: Tokyo Women's Plaza, 1F
5-53-67, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo MAP
Cost:3,000 yen for advance registration, 4,000 yen on the day

For more information and registration (in Japanese), please click link below.

Request from the EC to Fill in Questionnaire on IPR in Japan
The European Commission is conducting a study to monitor IPR issues in third countries. If your company is an IPR holder, it would be appreciated if you could fill in the attached questionnaire based on your experiences in Japan and return the form to:
Ms. Taniguchi of the Delegation of the EC to Japan Aki.Taniguchi@ec.europa.eu by June 20.

For further details, please refer to the attached letter (link below) from Mr. Peter Van Den Heuvel, Head of Trade, Delegation of the European Commission to Japan.
News from Finland

The Japanese are not alone...
Three quarters of Finns believe politicians can be bought -Poll

The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) said Wednesday that 73 per cent of the respondents in a poll believed politicians could be bought by way of election campaign contributions.

Some 65 per cent of the respondents said they approved of contributions from business, with 59 per cent saying the current campaign contributions scandal had not affected public confidence in the political system.

Commissioned by YLE, market and opinion research company Taloustutkimus interviewed 974 people on 20-27 May.

A number of Finnish lawmakers and ministers have amended their 2007 general election campaign funding declarations after Timo Kalli, the head of the Centre party faction in Parliament, admitted to concealing some contributions owing to the lack of sanctions in the relevant legislation.

Grin of the week

Sweet revenge

A man has six children and is very proud of his achievement. He is so proud of himself that he starts calling his wife "Mother of Six" in spite of her objections.

One night they go to a party. The man decides that it's time to go home, and wants to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well. He shouts at the top of his voice, "Shall we go home, Mother of Six?"

His wife, irritated by her husband's lack of discretion shouts back, "Anytime you're ready, Father of Four!"

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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.