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  ISSUE 5/2004

26 February, 2004  


As you could see from below, we have a rather busy schedule ahead of us in the next few weeks. From a Minister visit to crisis management (just a coincidence), from a somewhat formal annual general assembly to a relaxed golf competition. Hope there's something for all of our members.

Report from the February Luncheon Meeting

Mr. Hasegawa served as Japan's Ambassador to Finland and Estonia for three years from 2000 till 2003. Although it was his first time to go to Finland when taking up his post, he soon became very fond of the country and said that he already missed Finland, and felt very relaxed to breathe the Finnish atmosphere at the luncheon. Mr. Hasegawa is not a career diplomat and going to Finland was his first and last chance to be Ambassador, for which he was grateful.

He expressed his thanks to the FCCJ for our efforts to achieve a Finnish participation at the EXPO 2005 AICHI, which he believes is a very good opportunity to promote Finland in Japan, and further develop relations between the two countries. Finland and Japan have much in common, as examples he mentioned that the first direct flight from Japan to Europe was to Helsinki, the first Japanese car to be introduced in Europe was in Finland, the cooperation between Nokia and NTT DoCoMo for the 3G mobile phone standard and the Kone-Toshiba cooperation.

For a full report from the meeting, please click link below.
March Luncheon Meeting

At our March luncheon we will have a ministerial visitor from Finland. The guest speaker is Mr. Antti Kalliomäki, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance. Mr. Kalliomäki will speak about the Euro, Euro-zone and Finland.


Date & Time:Monday, 15 March, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (payment at the door)
Registration:by Thursday 11 March

Profile of Antti Kalliomäki
  • Minister deputising for the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, from 17 April 2003
  • Born 8 January 1947 in Siikainen, present residence Nurmijärvi
  • Teacher (Physical Training)
  • Member of Parliament, Social Democratic Party

  • If you would like to attend, please click link below.
    Organized by the Danish Chamber:
    Joint Nordic Seminar on Crisis Management

    The DCCJ organizes a joint seminar on the above subject on 18 March.
    This is an advance notice, I will have more details in my next bulletin.
    Date & Time:Thursday, 18 March, 09:00-13:30
    Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel [MAP]
    09:00  Introduction
    09:15  Maersk Data Asia - "IT crisis and security"
    10:30  Kroll International - "Business Continuity Planning - Surviving The Crisis"
    11:30  Gavin Anderson - "Media Crisis Management - How do you manage the
    Media in a Crisis Situation"
    12:30  Lunch
    Cost:8,000 yen (payment at the door)
    Registration:by Monday, 15 March

    If you would like to attend, please click link below.
    FCCJ Annual General Assembly

    The sixth Annual general Assembly of the FCCJ will be held at
    the Embassy of Finland on Wednesday, 31 March at 17.00 .

    The General Asembly will be followed by a reception at 18:30.
    The Reception is free for one representative per FCCJ member, additional participants will be charged 7,000 yen.

    The Reception is in part sponsored by UPM-Kymmene Japan KK and Elcoteq Japan Co., Ltd.

    If you would like to attend, please click link below.
    Stora Enso Cup:
    Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge
    The 5th Sweden-Finland Golf Challenge (team competition between the Finnish and the Swedish Chambers) is played on Friday 18 April for a trophy donated by StoraEnso Japan K.K.
    This time the event is organized by SCCJ and they have selected the Skyway G & CC, near Narita ariport in Chiba Pref.

    Date & Time:Friday 16 April, first tee-off 09:03
    Place: Skyway Country Club, Chiba Pref. MAP
    Play format: Stroke play with handicap
    Cost:16,000 yen incl. play fee, caddie, lunch & party
    Registration:by Wednesday 7 April

    If you would like to participate, please register now by clicking link at right. Please also mark your present handicap when you register.
    News from Finland

    Nordic shipping companies prepare for "booze rally" from Estonia

    At least three shipping companies voyaging between Finland's Helsinki and Estonia's Tallinn are drawing up guidelines to help supervise alcohol imports from Estonia.

    The guidelines by Tallink, Nordic Jet Line and Linda Line are designed to ensure that people that do not take a car across the Gulf of Finland but still carry big "cargoes" do not disturb other passengers. Large souvenirs may be a safety hazard, the shipping companies fear.

    Estonia joins the European Union in May this year. After that travellers can carry as much alcohol from Estonia to Finland as they do now e.g. from Germany.
    (Almost) grin of the week

    ne-muu - Night Milk

    According to our man with a good touch to the Japanese market, the latest Finnish fad in Japan is "nemumilk", which loosely translated means "sleep milk". It is even threathening the No. 1 position of the Moomin...

    A few years back scientists at Kuopio University came up with the idea to milk the cows in darkness, which increase the melatonin contect in the milk. Melatonin is a hormone that controls the day rythm. More melatonin, and you sleep better, they claim. This is also confirmed by a biochemist friend in Finland of "our man in the market". Even though he's propably more familiar wood fibres for paper making, he confirms the high melatonin content. So then it is a fact.

    And, as said, now this milk has been introduced in Japan, not from Finnish cows but some Holsteins that are kept in the dark at Watanabe's and Suzuki's farms and processed by (among others perhaps) Otsuka Pharmaceutical. As a "token of gratitude" for borrowing the photo at right, I give here their web site address where you could read more about this phenomena: http://www.otsuka.co.jp/nem/

    Well, someone should have though about this "nemumilk" already a long time ago. All mothers deprived of their nights sleep can confirm that babies are most hungry at night, that's propably because they need the night milk to sleep better.

    There are, however, some objections to this. The animal rights organizations don't think it is fair to keep the cows awake at night, and some scientist claims that the melatonin content in the milk is so small that you have to drink hundreds of liters per day for it o have any effect. And EU says melatonin is not accepted as food, it is a drug.

    Milk cheers &
    Best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt

    If you have any comments, rumors, gossip or inside information,
    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 500 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, 15 individual and one special member.