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  ISSUE 28

10 December, 2001  


Those of you who joined the Scandinavian Christmas Party on Friday might agree that it was great fun, even so from an organizers point of view, and a number of emails I have received since the party confirms that also the guests liked it!

A main concern now for us organizers is where to find a venue big enough for next year. Now we had 470 persons and could easily have got 50 more in case we have had space. And when the rumours spread, we might end up looking for a bigger venue.

Christmas Luncheon Meeting
The December meeting will be a Christmas Luncheon at the
Embassy of Finland in on Friday, 14 December, 2001 at 12.00
On this occasion we will get a presentation of the functions in the Embassy compound and a presentation of new staff.
Please note that we will collect the luncheon fee of 7,000 yen and provide you with receipt. Note also that we have to invoice the lunch fee for cancellations later than 13 December and "no-shows".
In case you plan to participate and have not yet registered, please click link to the right. Registration dead-line is Wednesday.
If you would like to see who has already registered, click HERE

Report from Scandinavian Christmas Party
One of the highlights of the year for the Scandinavian Chambers in Japan is the annual Christmas Party and judging from the comments after this party, it was a great success and the guest thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
470 members and their guests joined, 82 of these representing FCCJ.
One of the highlights of the evening was the Samba Show, which made almost the whole party dancing.
With the generous support of all the sponsors, the evening included a number of lotteries for great prizes. The value of the donations exceeded 5 million yen!
The surplus of the party, 300,000 yen was donated to the Red Cross of Japan.
For a report with photos from the party, click link to the right.

New Members
FCCJ has got one new corporate members, i.e.
  • Aplix Corporation
    Contact: Mr. Isao Nishimura, Statutory Auditor
  • Partek Corporation
    Contact: Mr. Erkki Auvinen, Vice President
    To find more about these companies, click their respective logos.

    News from our members
  • Sonera Corporation
    Although Sonera closed their office in Tokyo end of November their presence will be still felt in the Japanese market as they are developing potential business leads and partnership projects created here.
    Mr. Yuichiro Takagawa, who was our luncheon speaker in May, will act as Sonera's representative in the Japanese market under consulting contract basis. Also Pekka Rauhala will stay in touch with the Japanese market, and we hope we will see him in Tokyo soon again.
  • Tekla K.K.
    Kaj Forsell, who many of us remember working for Nokia Japan a few years back has returned to Japan taking up position as Predident of Tekla K.K.
    Mr. Forsell is based in Osaka.
    More about Sonera and Tekla in the latest issue of FCCJ News (see below).

    FCCJ News No. 17

    The December edition of FCCJ News was mailed out today.
    The feature article in this issue is related to tourism between Finland and Japan. Other stories include the results of the Business Barometer survey, reports from luncheon meetings, a member company presentation (Tekla K.K.), and much more.

    If you do not receive a copy, or want additional, please make an order by clicking link below.
    Invitation to FCCJ members to test Acceler8
    - A bilingual Communication Portal suitable for foreign companies in Japan.
    Gadelius KK is a Swedish company which been established in Japan for almost 100 years. To improve the IT competence within Gadelius in Japan and to save money and time we have developed Acceler8, a content focused bilingual Communication Portal. Try it for free during two weeks and let us know your impression (click the acceler8 logo to the right).

    EBC Tax Committee Seminar Postponed
    Despite keen interest in the EBC Tax Committee Seminar scheduled for December 7, the event has been postponed to February 27. You may have seen several articles in the newspapers since November 23 reporting on the introduction of consolidated taxation. Since consolidated taxation is one of the main topics of the session, the Tax Committee decided to re- schedule to early next year when, hopefully, there will be more clarity on the issue of consolidated taxation and its (possibly retroactive) introduction in Japan.
    We will carry a reminder of this early February.

    News from Finland
    Saved by the spenders
    Business research body ETLA expects Finns to spend more next year, offsetting the squeeze on exports and bringing 1.9 % GDP growth next year, compared with 0.7 % in 2001.
    A mild upturn will begin at the end of 2002, spurred by higher earnings, lower income tax and a brake on inflation. Imports will rise by 2.5 %, exports 2.2 % and private spending by 2.5 %. Unemployment will rise from this year's 9.1 % only to 9.4 % because firms will hang on to staff in the hope of better times.
    By contrast, the US upturn in the middle of next year will be 'very very mild', resulting in growth of just 0.5 %. Gloomier than most forecasters over the US, ETLA based its predictions on Finland's experience of the early 90s, which it believes was similar to America's plight now. But unless the US worsens dramatically, there should be no need for Finland to alter its economic strategy, it said. For more news, click link to the right.

    Beer Mathematics
    You like beer? Here's a an interesting way of checking you age....
    1. First; pick the number of times a week that you would like to have a beer.
      [note: you can substitute beer for something you prefer more....yes, I did not write "that", because this is a decent bulletin..."]
    2. Multiply this number by 2 (because anyhow you underestimate...)
    3. Add 5. (for Saturday)
    4. Multiply it by 50 (need a calculator...?)
    5. If you have already had your birthday yet his year add 1751. If you haven't, add 1750.
    6. Now subtract the four-digit year that you were born. You should now have a three digit number.
      And here comes the good part: The first digit of this number is your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have beer [or whatever] each week). The next two numbers are your age.
    Why did I select beer... Because this works only for men... women would not be honest about their year of birth in any case....

    Hope you have a productive work week, and work hard, because it is only two weeks to Christmas and Santa exists, I met him on Friday!

    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt

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    This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 300 persons 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 74 corporate members.