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  ISSUE 21

5 October, 2001  


The last three months of the year are full of activities in our Chamber, as you can read below. In addition to these, we still have the November Luncheon Meeting with Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Minister for Transport & Communication, and in December the Scandinavian Christmas Party and the FCCJ Christmas Luncheon at the Embassy.

Please note that our events are not restricted to one person per member company, anyone could participate. Also, if your company is not a member, feel free to participate in some event on a "trial basis", if you would like to participate on a regular basis we would naturally like you to become a member.

October Luncheon Meeting
The October Luncheon meeting will be held at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Akasaka, Nikko Room, B1 floor, on Thursday, 18 October at 12.00.
This time the theme is: Electronic component and EMS business between Japan and Finland, and our guest speaker is Mr. Mika Mäkinen, Vice President, Elcoteq Japan Co.,Ltd.
In 2000 the electronic components made up about half of Japan's export to Finland, more than double the value of car exports.

Mika has a long experience of doing business with Japan. Between 1996 and 1998 he was working for Nordberg (now Metso Minerals) in Japan and Korea after which he took up position as President of Elektrobit Nippon K.K.
In July 2001 he was appointed Vice President of Elcoteq Japan Co.,Ltd., where he would take up the position of President on 1 October.

To register now, click link to the right, if you would like to see who has already registered, click HERE .

FCCJ Golf Competition
The third FCCJ Golf Competition will be held on Friday 9 November at the Manna Country Club, Gary Player Course, in Chiba Pref. Participation fee is 18,900 yen including play fee, caddie fee, lunch (w/one drink) and party (w/one drink).

Last Friday a group of Board members made an inspection tour to the course together with our past President, Rauno Sirola (our own Gary Player....). Pictured right Mr. Sirola (left) with FCCJ President Timo Varhama on the 10th tee.

We well mail out invitations to our members next week, but in case you would like to register already now, click link to the right.

Business Barometer - last reminder
In coorperation with the Embassy and Finpro we are preparing a bi-annual Finnish Business Barometer based on views from Finnish Companies established in Japan. The purpose of the barometer is to collect your opinions on the current and future economic and market situation in Japan. At the same time we would like to evaluate future business plans of Finnish companies.

We have sent out the questionnaire to Finnish affiliated companies in Japan. 15 companies have already replied but we would like to receive some more to make it more reliable. If you have received the survey and have not yet replied, please click link at right to particpate. Entries received by Wednesday 10 October will be included in the survey.

Reform in Japan: The EBC Perspective
Launch of the EBC Report on the Japanese Business Environment
The watchword of the new Koizumi government is 'reform'. But will the Koizumi reforms significantly change the business and investment environment for European companies operating in Japan?
Come to the launch of the EBC's Year 2001 report on the business and investment environment and hear what a panel of experts from the European Business Community in Japan (EBC) have to say about some of the reforms needed. Comments will also be made by His Excellency, Ambassador Ove Juul Jorgensen, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan, and Ms. Isabelle Hupperts, Chairperson of the EBC.
Venue:   Keidanren Kaikan, Diamond Room, 12th floor
  1-9-4 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Time:     12.00-2.00 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2001
Fee:       10,000 yen at the door.
  Includes lunch, one copy each of the English and Japanese reports.
Register by Tuesday, 9 October by clicking link below.

Joint Chamber Seminar: International Commercial Arbitration
The gradual internationalization of financial, commercial, economic and technical matters over the last fifty years has resulted in a major shift in the conduct of business. When corporations conclude contracts outside their national boundaries, no coherent set of legal rules is available to them. International arbitration has developed to fill this legal void, with contracts for such international relationships as the sale of goods, joint ventures or distributorships typically containing an arbitration clause. The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the leading international arbitration institution. The panel discussion will focus on the options that are available and how this process may be better than the courts.

Confirmed panel of speakers include: Robert Grondine, President of the ACCJ, Dr. Sawada of the International Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber member, Haig Ohighan, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.
Date: Monday, November 12
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM (followed by a cocktail reception)
Place: Canadian Embassy Theatre B1
Price: 3,000
Registration deadline: Monday, November 5
For further information and registration, click link at right.

News from Finland
Finnish police demand 19 % pay increase
The new chairman of the Finnish Police Union Pekka Salomaa has demanded that the salaries should be increased by 19 %.
The state labour affairs director Teuvo Metsapelto is upset about the demand. "An impossible situation, we will not go into such negotiations", he commented.

The salary system for the police force is under renewal and to better reflect the requirements of the work. The salaries would increse through this change, but only with a few percent, according to Metsapelto. The increase demanded by the union would cost an additional 400 mill.FIM for the state.

For more news, click link to the right.

Grin of the Week
Online test to freak you out before the weekend...

Free will or synaptic wiring? You be the judge. Do the following exercise and prepare yourself to freak out.
Just follow these instructions, and answer the questions one at a time and as quickly as you can.
Then click See Result...
  • Think of a number from 1 to 10.
  • Multiply that number by 9.
  • If the number is a 2-digit number, add the digits together.
  • Now subtract 5.
  • Determine which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c, etc.)
  • Think of a country that starts with that letter.
  • Remember the last letter in the name of that country.
  • Think of the name of an animal that starts with that letter.
  • Remember the last letter in the name of that animal.
  • Think of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter.

Have a nice extended weekend!
(for readers outside Japan, Monday is a public holiday...again...)

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt

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FCCJ was established in April 1999 to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland and has today 74 corporate members.