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  ISSUE 22/2006

31 October, 2006  

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

I my bulletin last week I wrote about the Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday 8 December, and that we are recruiting sponsors. So far the response from FCCJ members has been rather limited.... please consider and go to this page!

The date for our last event for this calendar year, the Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy of Finland has now been fixed. It is held on Thursday 14 December. So mark this date in your calendar if you want to enjoy some nice Finnish Christmas dishes and hear the latest from the EU Presidency!

Report from FCCJ Luncheon Meeting on Friday 27 October

At our next luncheon meeting on Friday 27 October our guest speaker was Mr. Juho Lipsanen, President of TeliaSonera Finland. The theme of Mr. Lipsanen's presentation was "TeliaSonera and the Evolving Telecom Business"

Juho Lipsanen was in Tokyo with a group of executives from TeliaSonera Headquarters in Sweden and TeliaSonera Finland, party to study the recent trends in the Japanese mobile phone market, partly to attend the Finnish-Japanese Ubiquitous Society Conference held on the same day.

For more about luncheon, which was attended by 33 members and guest, click link below.
Tue. 28 November - Joint Nordic Luncheon Meeting organized by FCCJ
with Glen S. Fukushima, President & CEO, Airbus Japan K.K.

At the November luncheon meeting, which is a joint meeting with the Scandinavian Chambers we will have an interesting speaker, Mr. Glen S. Fukushima , who leads the Japan operations of Airbus S.A.S., the world's leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft, with 57,000 employees from 85 nationalities, headquartered in Toulouse, France. Mr. Fukushima will speak, "off the record", on the theme:
U.S.-Japan Relations: A European Company Perspective.


Date & Time: Tue. 28 November 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room (B2F)
Cost: 7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration: by Friday 24 November
Profile of Glen S. Fukushima
A native of California where he was born in 1949, Mr Fukushima was educated at Stanford University, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School. He began his career in a Los Angeles law firm in 1982. From 1985 to 1990, he was based in Washington, D.C. as Director for Japanese Affairs (1985-1988) and Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan and China (1988-1990) at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President.

He has studied and worked in Japan for over 20 years, including at Keio University, a daily newspaper, an international law firm, and as a Fulbright Fellow and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo. He joined AT&T Corp. in 1990 and served as Vice President of AT&T Japan Ltd. until 1998. He was also President and Representative Director of the Japan operations of Arthur D. Little, Inc. from 1998 to 2000, President and Chairman of the Japan operations of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. from 2000 to July 2004 and Co-President and Representative Director of NCR Japan Ltd. from August 2004 until he joined Airbus Japan in February 2005.

Mr Fukushima served two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) in 1998 and 1999, and Vice President from 1993 to 1997. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, the Japan Forum on International Relations, and other organizations and corporations.

If you would like to register, please click link at right.
Fri. 1 December - Stora Enso Cup - The Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge

The 9th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 1 December for a trophy donated by Stora Enso Japan K.K.
Both Chambers will also play for their own respective cups.

Here are the details:
Date & Time:Friday, 1 December (first tee-off at 9:30)
Venue: Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki
Cost:11,000 yen (incl. green fee, caddie, tax and lunch/party fee and tax)
Registration:by Friday, 17 November

Note that as we play stroke-play with handicap, we need you accurate handicap. If you do not have an official handicap, give your three latest scores. The team score will be calculated from the best 80% net scores in each team.
After the registration dead-line we will send you further information, starting times, groups and directions to the course. Prize donations are naturally most welcome!

If you would like to register now, click link at right.
Finland Café 2006

The Finnish Tourist Board office will organize a Finland Café for the fifth time in Tokyo. This time the event will be held at Ark Mori Bldg. 2F, 1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato-ku, from Wednesday, 1 November until Saturday, 2 December.

Apart from Finnish coffee and food, visitors to the Café will also be "served" cultural offerings. This years events include a seminar by Harri Kohonen on new Artek products and a lecture by Paola Suhonen of IVANAhelsinki.

For more information please go to the Café's web site by clicking link at right.
News from Finland

Lorry queue at Finnish-Russian border reaches record 44km

The queue of lorries waiting to enter Russia through the Vaalimaa border crossing in Finland reached a record 44km on Saturday evening, the Finnish Border Guard said.

The chronic sluggishness of Russian border checks has long been an issue of contention between the two countries.

In September, Matti Vanhanen (centre), the Finnish prime minister, raised the issue in a letter to his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Fradkov.

Grin of the week

Ladies first

A journalist had done a story on gender roles in Iraq several years before the war, and she noted then that women customarily walked about 10 feet behind their husbands. She returned to Iraq recently and observed that the men now walked several yards behind their wives. She approached one of the women for an explanation. "This is marvelous," said the journalist. "What enabled women here to achieve this reversal of roles?" The Iraqi woman replied: "Land mines".

Have a nice rest of the week!
Note that I will take a few days off from tomorrow Wednesday. So if you mail me to register for an event or some other issue, I will respond after I am back on Sunday.

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
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 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.