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  ISSUE 18/2003

29 August, 2003  


The Feel Finland campaign was officially launched on Wednesday with an opening party at the Embassy attended by almost 300 people.

If you want to experience the best of Finnish design, art, photography, music, social sciences and technology in Japan this autumn, go to: http://www.feelfinland.jp for more information!

Now to our regular business, the news about our events and other items that might be of interest to you.

Report from the August Luncheon Meeting

The August luncheon meeting last Friday was dedicated to EXPO 2005 AICHI and how companies can utilize this event to promote their business in Japan. As you might know, Finland has decided to participate jointly with the other Nordic countries in the Expo.

Our main guest speaker was Akihiro Sawayama, Senior Regional Director at the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition. We also got an update from Juha Markkanen, Counsellor at the Embassy of Finland regarding the preparations for the joint Nordic pavilion at the Expo.

Furthermore Kunihiko Fukushima, Senior Project Manager at the Aichi-Nagoya International Business Access Center (I-BAC) explained the activities of I-BAC, which is a non-profit organization established to provide business support for nations participating in the Expo.

For more about the meeting, please click link at right.
September Luncheon Meeting

The next luncheon meeting on Wednesday 24 September is a joint Nordic meeting organized by the Danish Chamber.

The guest gpeaker is Jesper Koll, Chief Economist, Merrill Lynch Japan and the theme of his presentation is: "Japan - From Kamikaze Capitalism towards Post-Industrial Prosperity"

Date & Time:Wednesday, 24 September, 12:00-14:00
Place: Capitol Tokyu Hotel, Take Room, B2F [MAP]
Cost:7,000 yen (collected at the door)
Registration:by Friday 19 September

Jesper Koll holds a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS and graduated from the Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific in 1980. Before becoming the Chief Economist for Merrill Lynch in 1999, he was a Managing Director of Tiger Management L.L.C. and he was the Chief Economist and Head of Economic and Market Research for J.P. Morgan in Tokyo. He has been serving on several Japanese government advisory councils, including the MITI committee on "Big Bang 2001" Japan' financial system reform." Recently, he was chosen as a member of a task force within the Economic Planning Agency that reassesses the viability of the economic indicators now in use. His major published work includes Towards a New Japanese Golden Age.

To register, please click link at right.
The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan Presents:
"A Brand as a Social Network"
 By: Mr. Indrajit Sinha

The NCCJ has the pleasure to offer you the opportunity to join a lecture of Mr. Indrajit Sinha.
Details as follows:

Date & Time:Thursday, 18 September 18:15 - 21:00
Place: The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Dejima Room [MAP]
Cost:2,000 yen collected at the door
Registration:by Monday, 15 September

Dr. Indrajit Sinha is Associate Professor of Marketing and teaches at Temple University Japan Executive MBA (EMBA) program in Tokyo. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and worked in the management consulting practice of Deloitte Consulting in USA. His recent Harvard Business Review article, which considers the role of the Internet on global branding, received international attention. Sinha is often interviewed and quoted on branding and marketing topics in the international media.

For more info and registration, please click link at right.
News from Finland

Lipponen goes euro lobbying in Sweden

The speaker of Finnish parliament, Paavo Lipponen (soc dem), will be in Stockholm on Thursday marketing the euro to the Swedes. Lipponen will be lecturing about the euro at a seminar, at which the former Swedish prime minister Ingvar Carlsson will also be speaking.

He will also be following the euro campaign and taking part in a discussion at the Swedish parliament at the invitation of member of parliament Paavo Vallius. This occasion will be attended by representatives of Sweden's Finnish organisations and others participating in the campaigns.

Alongside Lipponen, the president of the republic, Tarja Halonen and prime minister Matti Vanhanen (centre) have recently also taken part in the Swedish EMU campaign.

Sweden will hold an EMU referendum on 14th September.
Grin of the week

Good News and Bad News

An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings currently on display. "I've got good news and bad news," the owner replied. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would increase in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all fifteen of your paintings."

"That's wonderful!" the artist exclaimed, "What's the bad news?". With concern, the gallery owner replied, "The guy was your doctor."

Have a nice weekend!

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 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.