The June Luncheon meeting held on Thursday 27th, had a very timely theme, football!
We had the pleasure to have two experts on this theme as our guest speakers, Pekka Hämäläinen, President and Teuvo Holopainen, General Secretary of the Football Federation of Finland.
They were accompanied by a delegation of 8 persons, representing Finnish Sports organizations and the FAF sponsors. Our thanks to Finnair for sponsoring their luncheon participation!
The United Smile
In their presentations, Mr. Hämäläinen gave a historic background
to the game of soccer, and it's present dimensions and influence, and Mr. Holopainen described the present targets for Finnish Football, most notable the bid for the joint Nordic EURO 2008 Cup, the "United Smile" (for more on this, click the image).
As for the current World Cup, our guests had only positive comments, praising the organization as excellent. As for a question raised from the audience regarding the much debated referreeing at some games, Mr. Hämäläinen pointed out that the job of the referee is very difficult in todays fast game, and some unexperinced referees might be affected by a very noisy home crowd. But to suggest that there would be any kind of "plot" from FIFA to help the organizing countries succeed, he claimed is pure nonsense.
For more on the meeting and many pictures, plese click link at right.
There would be no luncheon meeting in July but in August we will again have an interesting subject; How to Invest?
Our speaker is Erik Ullner
, Chief Representative of Konigstedt Ltd.
Erik has spent most of his life in Japan working for several Finnish companies and for the last 15 years been involved in private banking at companies like Citibank, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.
Since 2000 he is Senior Partner and Chief Representative of Konigstedt Ltd.
Erik is also a member of the FCCJ board and our representative in the EBC Executive Board.
Date & Time:||Friday 30 August, 12:00-14:00
Place: ||Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Nikko Room (B1F)
Cost:||7,000 yen at the door
Registration:||by Wednesday 28 August
If you would like to register already now, click link at right.
The EBC e-Commerce Committee has invited two Japanese experts to speak on
the topic of advanced smart card systems in relation to methods of payment
forinternet transactions. Please refer to the attached flyer for details
about the speakers and the topic.
This meeting will be open to anyone interested. A charge of 1,000 yen at
the door will be made to cover the cost of refreshments.
Date & Time:||Wednesday 10 July, 08.45-10.30
Place: ||Europa House, (6th floor) Map
Cost:||1,000 yen at the door
Registration:||by Monday 8 July
If you happen to be in Finland on 26 August
(and play golf...), why don't you join the annual Japan Golf organized by Finnair, The Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Japan in Finland.
The tournament is played at the Masters Golf, Forest Course in Espoo. The first 60 to register will be accepted, registration dead-line is 5 August.
For more details and registration form, click link at right.
Outokumpu to increase ownership in AvestaPolarit
The Board of AvestaPolarit Oyj Abp has been informed by Outokumpu that Outokumpu Oyj and Corus Group Plc have entered into an agreement whereby Outokumpu will acquire all AvestaPolarit shares held by Corus Group and that Outokumpu following a successful completion of this transaction intends to proceed to make an offer in cash at a price of EUR 6.55 per share for the whole of the issued share capital of AvestaPolarit not already owned by Outokumpu.
Outokumpu today holds 52.4% and Corus Group holds 23.2% in AvestaPolarit. After acquisition of the Corus-held shares, Outokumpu's ownership will increase to 75.6% of the shares and votes.
Things you'd love to say at work...
I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
It sounds like English, but I can't understand a word you're saying.
I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid.
I'm already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean you're an artist.
I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant.
This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
Hot and humid weather sometimes makes us all frustrated and hot tempered. In case you need to let out some pressure, why dont you use one of these...;-)