FCCJ LUNCHEON MEETING 8 NOVEMBER 2005
Theme:
"Views on current topics in Japan and Finland"

Guest Speaker: Mr. Tetsuya Chikushi , TBS News 23 anchor
RECAP
Mr. Chikushi started his presentation by talking about two encounters with some interesting people, Sony founder Akio Morita regarding the passport size Handicam, and Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki. Because of Mr.Kaurismäki's drinking problems they stage the interview for daytime, but despite that, Mr. Chikushi admitted that it was the only failed interview he had made.

Mr. Chikushi spent quite much time around the education theme, were he has been impressed by the Finnish eductation system, also documented in the PISA surveys. One big difference between Japan and Finland is the status of teachers. In Finland, university graduates want to become teachers and they have the same status in society as they had in Japan 50 years ago.

Questioned which person he would still like to interview, Mr. Chikushi responded without hesitation, Kim Il Jong.

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The luncheon was held in the Silver Room at Capitol Tokyu Hotel
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FCCJ President Mika Mäkinen makes welcome remarks
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Tetsuya Chikushi and Ambassador Jorma Julin exchange some views
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Wartsila Japan President Tako Suzuki introduces himself, and Wartsila's business
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Yasuyuki Amakusa of Marubeni Corporation explains about the current state in the paper business
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Tetsuya Chikushi introduces his new book at the beginning of his presentation
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At the top table, center Olli Juvonen, Finpro, Taiji Watanabe, Izumi Kosan and Isao Nishimura, Nishimura & Associates
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Mäkinen and Chikushi exchange views
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Mr. Chikushi makes his presentation
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From left: Timo Arokylä, Showa-Shell Sekiyu, Mikko Koivistonen (back to camera), Metso Automation, Eero Tammila, Finnair, Anu Saarela, Embassy of Finland, Juhana Häkkänen, Vaisala K.K. and Takeshi Yokoyama (back to camera), Finnair
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From left: Hiroaki Sugawara, Finn Corporation, Jukka Viitanen, Tekes, Shigeyoshi Noto, Finnish Tourist Board and Hirokuni Yoshida, Outokumpu K.K.
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FCCJ Board of Trustees Members with Mr. Chikushi, from left Isao Nishimura, Yukio Sakurai and Kanji Ohashi
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Mika Mäkinen hands a present to Mr. Chikushi
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Liisa Karvinen, Embassy of Finland, who was instrumental in getting Mr. Chikushi as our guest speaker, presents some gifts of appreciation from the Embassy
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Kuh Hamazaki, producer at TBS and Mr. Chikushi's right hand man, gets a present as well
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The luncheon was attended by 35 members and guests.
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