MONTHLY LUNCHEON MEETING 28 OCTOBER 2003
Theme:
"Finnish Wellbeing Center in Sendai"

Guest Speaker:
Mr. Olli Juvonen
Commercial Counsellor, Finland Trade Center (Finpro)
RECAP
The purpose of the Finnish Wellbeing Center (FWBC) project is to introduce Finnish health care expertise into the Japanese system of care for the elderly, and at the same time to help the development of the industry/business in both Finland and Japan to serve the wellbeing of elderly people in the "Finnish" way, which emphasizes helping individuals to maintain an independent lifestyle through the use of advanced technology. The concept is formed by joined effort of Finpro, the Finnish Institute in Japan, Tekes, Stakes, Oulu region centre of expertise and 15 Finnish companies. Partners on the Japanese side are the City of Sendai, Tohoku Fukushi University, Tohoku Fukushi Corporation, and Development Bank of Japan.

Mr. Gen Amano of Sendai city also participated in the meeting. He confirmed that the investments in facilities now under construction amounts to 3 billion yen. Mr. Juvonen estimated that the Finnish side has so far invested 1-2 million euro in the project.

In November, during a visit by a delegation from Sendai to Finland, a cooperation agreemnet between stakeholders in Japan and Finland will be signed to develop cooperation further.
IMAGES FROM THE MEETING
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FCCJ President Timo Varhama and the speaker Olli Juvonen.
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Gen Amano of Sendai city explains. In foreground Hiroto Nasu of Finland and Juha Markkanen of the Embassy.
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Olli Juvonen
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The new Press Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland, Ms. Liisa Karvinen
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Ilmo Parvinen of Sitra, right Jukka Salminiitty, Tekes.
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Cups and glasses and Juhana Häkkänen of Vaisala K.K. asking a question.
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The meeting at the Nara Room of Capitol Tokyu Hotel was attended by 24 members and guests.
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