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  ISSUE 22/2007 14 November, 2007  

Dear !*TITLE*! !*LASTNAME*!,

Getting closer to Christmas time!

We are now taking registrations for the Scandinavian Christmas Party is held on Friday 7 December at The Westin Tokyo in Ebisu. More than half of the seats are already reserved, so please sign up early as we expect to be fully booked! Check below.

Note also that the traditional Christmas Luncheon at this Embassy will be held on Tuesday 11 December. More about that in my next bulletin.


Tuesday 20 November - FCCJ Luncheon Meeting
Mr. Andrew Silberman: 12 Non-Cash Ways to Motivate Your People

"Show me the money!" The famous line from Jerry Maguire still rings true today. If you want to hire and keep the best people, you definitely need a competitive compensation package. But what else can you do to generate more business, liven up your sales teams, and create that sparkle in their eyes that magically wins over more (and better) customers?

Andrew brings 15 years of Japan-based sales successes and "learning experiences" and has distilled them down to 12 of his favorite ideas that you can use to increase your company's top line this winter.

Bring your ideas, questions and an appetite to learn.

Details:
Date & Time:Tuesday 20 November, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Hotel Okura, South Wing 12F, Kensington Terrace   MAP
Cost:7,000 yen for members, non-members 8,000 yen
(collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday 16 November
Profile of Mr. Silberman
Mr. Silberman has been building global business skills for his clients since 1989. He has been working in multi-cultural environments for his entire professional life. Prior to coming to Tokyo, he lived and worked in Honolulu, HI, Salinas, CA, Madrid, Spain and Mexico City. He began his management training career in 1989 at San Diego State University, where he created seminars and managed programs for business professionals from around the world.

About the AMT Group
AMT Group was founded in 1992 with the ongoing mission of "Developing Global Thinkers!" Our Tokyo office is located in the geographic center of Tokyo: Yotsuya, Chiyoda-ku. While most of our training takes place off-site or on our clients' premises, we do offer a private development room that can accommodate up to 12 participants. Feel free to stop by! Our leadership & management training focuses on internal and external communication. By internal communication, we mean the dynamics that create healthy organizations-teamwork, visioning, goal-setting and achieving; and our external communication training is focused on your salespeople and those who face customers directly.

If you would like attend and have not yet registered, please click link at right.
Fri. 7 December - Scandinavian Christmas Party
Registration has started for the Party!

The registration for the 15th Scandinavian Christmas Party, held on Friday, 7 December at The Westin Tokyo in Ebisu, has now been ongoing for about a week and half of the seats are filled.

We are confident that this year's party will be as good as, or better than, the previous one and as we expect to be "sold out", please sign up now, by clicking link below, before the party is sold out.

We are also still recruiting sponsors for the event. Without the continuous support from a large number of companies and organizations, we could not have made this event as enjoyable as it has been throughout the years.

If you sign-up as a sponsor now, you will get most benefit of your contribution.
New immigration procedures - Automated Gate System

Further to the notice in my previous bulletin regarding the Revised Immigration Law, the Ministry of Justice has now issued instructions in English on how to undergo pre-registration for the new semi automatic gate system to be established at Narita Airport on November 20.

Please click link at right.
The 39th WorldSkills Competition

The 39th WorldSkills Competition (WSC) and the 7th International Abilympics (IA) to be jointly organized in Shizuoka from 14 to 21 November under the banner of International Skills Festival for All, Japan 2007, accredits 3,452 from 63 countries/regions which includes 836 competitors from 45 countries/regions (49 from Finland) for WSC and 425 contestants from 28 countries/regions for IA.

For an invitation from Skills Finland in Finnish, click here.

The competition days are Thursday 15 to Sunday 19 November and the competition venue is located in Numazu.

For more information, click link at right.
News from Finland

Ihamuotila to take Marimekko's helm in February

The share price of Marimekko shot up on the Helsinki bourse on Wednesday after the Finnish fashion group posted robust third-quarter earnings and announced that Mika Ihamuotila of Sampo Bank fame would take over as chief executive February next year.

Marimekko said in a statement that Kirsti Paakkanen, the outgoing chief executive, would sell her 20-per cent stake in the company to Mr Ihamuotila.

"I am really happy that in Mika Marimekko gets a committed owner and leader. Mika possesses a rare combination of strong corporate leadership and creativity. I simply cannot think of a better captain for the company and I trust he has got what it takes to develop Marimekko further," Ms Paakkanen said of her successor.

"It is my aim to start building Marimekko into a cult brand within clothing, interior decoration and lifestyle as well as a company that has an international retail distribution network, a passionate staff and a market value multifold from today," Mr Ihamuotila said in the statement.

Grins of the week

Too much improved

"Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me. She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night. She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music, even how to invest in the stock market," said the man.

"Sounds like you may be bitter because she changed you so drastically," remarked his friend.

"I'm not bitter. Now that I'm so improved, she just isn't good enough for me."


Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt
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ABOUT THIS BULLETIN
This bulletin is published by the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) and distributed to over 600 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 64 corporate members, 16 individual and one special member.