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  ISSUE 17/2005

4 August, 2005  


It has been a few quiet weeks because at least most of our Finnish members have been on their summer vacations. But soon we are all back to business, although for the Japanese, we still have the o'bon holidays mid-August.

We start our autumn season on Wednesday 24 August with a casual club evening at the Juniper Café and Bar at Roppongi Hills. Hope many of you could join this event. Read more about it below.

24 August - Club Evening at Juniper at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Our Club Evening at the Juniper Café and Bar in April was well received and attended by a record number of 50 members and guests. Therefore we start off our autumn activities with a new event at the same venue.

Come and meet old and new friends in a relaxing but elegant atmosphere! See details below.

Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 August, 19:00-
Place: Juniper Café and Bar at Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills, 4F [MAP]
Cost:3,500 yen (collected at the door)
including one drink and light buffet
Registration:by Monday 22 August

By keeping the fee low, we try to encourage many staff members from our member companies to join, guest and spouses are also welcome! If you would like to attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Ambassador Salovaara Awarded High-ranking Japanese Decoration.

The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (Kun Itto Kyokujitsu Daijusho) was conferred to Ambassador Salovaara by the Emperor. Ambassador Eero Salovaara was granted the decoration for his longstanding contribution in deepening the relations between Japan and Finland. Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Shuzen Tanigawa mentioned that during Ambassador Salovaara's term in Tokyo there have been many high level visitors from Finland to Japan including the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister. In addition, there have been a lot of cultural events like a Feel Finland campaign in 2003, which broadly introduced Finnish science and culture to the Japanese audience.

Ambassador Eero Salovaara and Madame Liisa Salovaara worked five years in Tokyo 2000-2005. From the beginning of September, Mr. Salovaara will assume the ambassadorship at the Finnish Embassy in Copenhagen.

The EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table

The EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table (BDRT) held its annual meeting in Brussels on 7 and 8 July 2005 under the co-chairmanship of Viscount Davignon and Mr. Kobayashi, and in the presence of Mr. Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, Mrs. Reding, Commissioner for Information Society & Media, and Mr. Lamoureux, Director-General of Energy & Transport DG; and from the Japanese Government: Mr. Onodera, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Mr. Yamamoto, Parliamentary Secretary for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Mr. Matsui, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, International Affairs (MIC).

The BDRT Members welcomed the Authorities' clear political will and commitment, as expressed in the press statement issued by the bilateral EU-Japan Summit in May 2005, to improve EU-Japan relations taking account of the BDRT's specific Recommendations.

For more information and documents from the meeting, please click link below.
EBC White Paper 2005

Due to the high quality of its white papers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, the EBC is now regarded as an authority on the Japanese business and investment environment and our participation in the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table, at which the white paper is distributed as supportive documentation, is considered indispensable and has come to be expected. The Japanese Government is increasingly turning to the EBC for opinion and participation in hearings as well as requesting copies of the report.

The year 2004 white paper, "Trade, Investment and the Reform Nexus - The EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment 2004", was produced last year thanks to the generous sponsorship of many EBC committee members. This authentication via sponsorship from the members is essential in establishing the credibility of the report.

Similar to last year, the EBC will again produce English and Japanese white papers simultaneously for release in early November to coincide with the European Commission's regulatory reform dialogue with the Japanese Government. The EBC is asking its members to sponsor the publication as "Blue-Star Sponsors," "Special Sponsors" or "Sponsors" in return for visible acknowledgment in the 2 volumes. EBC will also take orders for the white papers at 5,000 yen for one set (1 English and 1 Japanese version per set) to assist with cost-recovery.

  • Blue-Star Sponsorship: 150,000 yen ad up (Company name on a 2-name page)
  • Special Sponsorship: 100,000 yen (Company name on a 10-name page)
  • Sponsorship: 50,000 yen (Company name on a 20-name page)

  • 5,000 yen per set: 1 English copy and 1 Japanese copy (including postage)

    If you would like to support the white paper as sponsor and/or would like to order copies please click links below for order forms.
    News from Finland

    Kallasvuo to replace Ollila as Nokia chief executive

    Jorma Ollila, 54, the chairman and chief executive of Finnish mobile phone titan Nokia, is to pass over the baton to Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, 52, on 1 October. Mr Kallasvuo, who is currently head of the mobile phones business group, is to be chief operating officer effective 1 October and president and chief executive as of 1 June 2006.

    Mr Ollila is to continue as chairman and chief executive until 1 June 2006 and as non-executive chairman from that date, added a Nokia stock exchange statement on Monday.


    "Nokia's current President, Pekka Ala-Pietilä, will resign to pursue personal interests. He will take on the role of Executive Advisor as of October 1 and leave Nokia on February 1, 2006," said a statement.

    Said Paul Collins, vice chair of the Nokia board, "The Nokia Board has had in place a succession process in anticipation of Jorma Ollila's retirement with the objective of maintaining vitality, adapting to a rapidly evolving industry, and ensuring continuity."

    "Jorma Ollila, our CEO for over 13 years and Chairman for over 6 years, has built the modern Nokia that we know today. Therefore we are pleased that Mr. Ollila has agreed to remain as the Chairman of the Board. This will provide for an orderly transition while giving the Company access to his understanding of our business, our industry and its challenges and opportunities."
    Grin of the week

    Dark Secrets

    At school, a boy was told by a classmate that most adults are hiding at least one dark secret, and that this makes it very easy to blackmail them by saying, "I know the whole truth". The boy decides to go home and try it out. He goes home, and as he is greeted by his mother he says, "I know the whole truth." His mother quickly hands him a $50 note and says, "Just don't tell your father.

    "Quite pleased, the boy waits for his father to get home from work, and greets him with, "I know the whole truth." The father also promptly hands him a $50 note and says, "Please don't say a word to your mother."

    Very pleased, the boy is on his way to school the next day, when he sees the mailman at his front door. The boy greets him by saying, "I know the whole truth." The mailman drops the mail, opens his arms, and says, "Then come give your FATHER a big hug."

  • That's all for now, hope you have a good o'bon holiday!

    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 580 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, 16 individual and one special member.