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  ISSUE 22/2003

30 October, 2003  


You might have noticed that I dispatch these bulletins with somewhat irregular intervals. If there's not much new to report, I don't unnecessarily want to "junk" your mailbox. But when need arise you will receive these almost on a weekly basis. Like now when we have several interesting events coming up in the next few weeks which I want to "push".
So please read on....

Report from the October Luncheon Meeting

The October luncheon meeting was dedicated to a very interesting project which represents a new inroad to the Japanese market for Finnish companies, the Finnish Wellbeing Center (FWBC) in Sendai.

Our speaker was the Head of Finpro East Asia, Mr. Olli Juvonen, which is also a member of the FCCJ board. Even though the project has involved a number of organizations also in Finland, Finpro is the initiator and the project leader.

The FWBC project is a Finnish elderly care business development project in Japan and in cooperation with the city of Sendai and related stakeholders. It is also a packaged model of Finnish elderly care industry for implementation in markets worldwide.

For more abouit the meeting, click link below.
FCIG Business Confidence Survey Luncheon

The Foreign Chambers Information Group (FCIG) has conducted the 4th FCIG Business Confidence Survey in October. The survey, which got 330 responses from companies representing 13 foreign chambers of commerce and business groups, will be presented at a joint luncheon with members from all participating chambers.

Date & Time:Friday, 7 November, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, White Pearl Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
incl. the Business Confidence Survey report
Registration:by Wednesday 5 November

  The survey, conducted for the third time (previous survey took place in April) to provide an insight into what their members think about the current state of the Japanese economy and their own businesses, to obtain reliable data on how foreign companies perform in Japan and to find out their future strategies on this market. The survey idea and technical implementation is by the FCCJ.

To register, please click link at right.
StoraEnso Cup:
Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

On 14 November we play the 4th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge. This time the Swedish Chamber is the defender of the Stora Enso Cup, so we hope many FCCJ members will join this time to help us take back the cup!


Date & Time:Friday, 14 November (first tee-off 08.49)
Place: Narita High Tree, Chiba Pref.
Cost:20,000 yen (incl. play fee, lunch and party fee, tax)
Play format:Stroke play with HCP. Team score is calculated as average of the best 80% (net score) in each team
Registration:by Friday 7 November

We test played the course last Friday and I could promise you a interesting course in perfect condition with beautiful autumn colors. And the company will be enjoyable, as always!
And we will have nice prizes, Amer Japan (Wilson) has already donated golf equipment, and more is expected....

To register, click link below and give also you handicap and/or 3 latest scores.
Scandinavian Christmas Party 2003

Now it is time to start seriously thinking about Christmas... at least about the joint Scandinavian Christmas Party taking place on Friday 12 December at Royal Park Hotel.

Coming Tuesday (4 November), we open the registrations for the party at web site we have made for the event. So when you are back in office after the extended weekend, please go to the site if you plan to participate. Seats are limited, so early birds guarantee their reservation.

But before Tuesday you could sign up as sponsor for the event. This year we promise the sponsors more value for their contributions; through the web site, and during the event. And to get most out of your input, you should have your logo or name (linked to your web site) up on our site before hundreds of people start registering for the event!

To find out more about the party, and sponsoring alternatives, please click link below.
Fair Trade Commission of Japan Symposium
How Should Competition Policy Transform Itself?
- Designing the New Competition Policy

The International symposium on competition policy will be held on 20th Nov. 2003, to commemorate the inauguration of the Competition Policy Research Center within the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (CPRC/JFTC). The full day symposium consists of two keynote speeches and three panels. The JFTC has invited Prof. David Newbery from the University of Cambridge, as well as Mr. Mario Monti, EC Commissioner for competition policy, as speakers in the symposium. Speakers also include high officials in the US antitrust authorities.

Date & Time:Thursday, 20 November, 09.00-18.00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel
Language:English - Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
Organisers: CPRC/JFTC, ESRI and Nihon Keizai Shimbun
Registration:14 November

If you are intersted to participate in this event, click below for more information and registration.

News from Finland

Elcoteq, Cellon to cooperate

Finnish Elcoteq, a leading European electronics contract manufacturer, and Cellon International, the world's largest independent wireless design house, said on Tuesday they have signed an agreement that will make Elcoteq Cellon's primary manufacturing partner.

Cellon, which has more than 600 engineers around the world, names e.g Philips and Xelebri as well as a number of Asian product companies like Haier, Konka, CECT and Qiao Xing as its clients. Cellon's engineers in France, China and Canada will complement the 120 engineers Elcoteq has working at its design center in Salo, Finland.

"The new agreement will have only a marginal impact on Elcoteq's performance in 2003. However, collaboration with Cellon is expected to generate new design and manufacturing contracts that will boost Elcoteq's net sales and profits in 2004," Elcoteq said in a statement to Helsinki bourse. Under the deal, Elcoteq has also become Cellon's shareholder by investing USD 12.5 million in the company's shares.
Grin of the week

New Course: English for Rally Drivers

The Institute of Foreign Languages in Finland has decided to add one course to their program. Here are the details:
Teacher Lect. vööldtsamppion T. Makinen
Aim To löön hautu sei tät tö reis vas kuud bat tö front suspendöös veö proukken. Änd provaid miins tu sei tät vi meiid fjuu misteiks änd lost kapol ou sekonds.
Contents Pronaunsiessön, vokapuläri, inttöräkting soussöli vit tö mekaniks and kou draivöös.
Students N-kruup - vöörldsiiries draivöös from ool passiböl tiims. Draivöös huu häv teikken tö koursiis Inglis for mekaniks änd Inglis for foomjula van draivöös käänt partissipeit tis kourse.
Schedule Tis is ö full siison kourse. Juu mast partissipeit tu ool tö spesöl steitsiis.
Evaluation Vii vill put juu intu ö riöl rälli tiim änd if juu dount get biitten ap, juu häv päässd tis kourse. Vii vill oolsou folou joor koo'oopereissön vit joor koudraiver. Evri äksident vill äffekt joor kreid negativli.

This is again courtesy one of our friends in New York, Mr. R. So blame him, not me, if you think I make fun of our excellent racing drivers.

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt

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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 500 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, 15 individual and one special member.