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AMBASSADOR'S MESSAGE

Pekka Orpana, Ambassador of Finland to Japan

100 Years of Friendship

Year 2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland. It is a significant and historical milestone for our leaders and diplomats.

Most importantly, however, it is a celebration for the friendly and booming relations between the Japanese and Finnish people. It is the individuals from many walks of life – such as artists, researchers, tourists, businessmen and women – who are tying up the knots in a vast network of connections that make up our day-to-day relations.

As we celebrate the history of a century of Finnish-Japanese friendship, this is a good moment to observe what we have achieved together. From two geographically and culturally fairly distant countries we have grown to become strategic partners in international affairs, in research and in innovation, and developed close relations in business and arts as well.

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ANNIVERSARY NEWS

FRIENDSHIP ENVOYS

Friendship Envoys will be published on 12th Dec.

DIPLOMATIC HISTORY TIMELINE

  • Adam Laxman lands in Nemuro

    Adam Laxman lands in Nemuro

    By the order of Catherine the Great, Finnish biologist Adam Laxman, while repatriating Daikokuya Kodayu and his crew, established trade relations between the Russian Empire and Japan.

  • A.E. Nordenskiöld visits Yokohama

    A.E. Nordenskiöld visits Yokohama

    Finnish explorer and geologist Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld traveled through the Arctic sea route and arrived in Yokohama.

     

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  • Independence of Finland

    Independence of Finland

    On sixth of December 1917, Finland declares independence from the Russian Empire.

     

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  • Establishment of diplomatic relations

    Establishment of diplomatic relations

    In May, Japan officially recognizes Finland. As a result, the two countries establish diplomatic relations. On September 6, Professor G.J. Ramstedt, renowned expert on Asia, appointed as the first Finnish Envoy to Japan, from 1920 to 1929, during which he was a frequent guest lecturer at Tokyo University, where he influenced many Japanese researchers. He acquired command of the Japanese language quickly.

     

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  • Signing Treaty of Commerce and Navigation

    Signing Treaty of Commerce and Navigation

    Treaty of Commerce and Navigation was signed.

     

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    Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland

  • The Finnish Japanese Society (SJY) established in Helsinki

    The Finnish Japanese Society (SJY) established in Helsinki

    The Society was founded on May 8th, 1935 in Helsinki, Finland and it has been an active organizer of Japan related events in Finland.

     

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    The photo is from their annual party in 1938 (The Finnish Japanese Society).

  • Kalevala in Japanese

    Kalevala in Japanese

    National epic of Finland Kalevala was published in Japanese, which was translated by Kakutan Morimoto. It was the first translation outside Europe.

  • Cessation of diplomatic relations

  • Japanese Consulate General in Helsinki and Finnish Trade Office and Consulate General in Tokyo opened

    Japanese Consulate General in Helsinki and Finnish Trade Office and Consulate General in Tokyo opened.
    Ten years after, in 1962, promoted to the status of Embassy.

  • Diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland resumed

  • Visa Exemption Agreement signed

  • Opening of a Finnish school in Ōtsu city

    Opening of a Finnish school in Ōtsu city

    The Finnish School in Japan, originally established for the children of the Finnish missionary families. It is closed now.

     

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    Photo by JASUKO

  • Airing of “the Moomins”

    Airing of “the Moomins”

    Japan-made animation of “the Moomins”, followed by “New Moomin”, broadcasted on Fuji TV, making Moomins popular in Japan.

     

    Photo from Moomin officials.

     

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  • Finnish companies enter the Japanese market

    Finnish companies enter the Japanese market

    The first Finnish companies established in Japan were Enso-Gutzeit (now Stora Enso) and Nippon Finnpap (now UPM-Kymmene) . Later in the 80s and 90s, major Finnish companies for machinery and telecommunications advance to Japan.

     

    Photo of Finnish industrial delegation visiting Japan in 1985. From left to right: Ebbe Sommar of Metsäliitto, Mr. Ilpo Kaislaniemi, Embassy, Technology, Carl G.Björnberg of Myllykoski, Sverre Norrgård of Nippon-Finnpap, Esko Vuorio of Enso, Heikki Kellokoski of Kymi, Jorma Keino of Finnpap, Pauli Opas, unknown, Carl-Christian Rosenbröijer of Finnpap and Tom Kiyama of Nippon-Finnpap.

  • Japan-Finland tax treaty

    Japan-Finland tax treaty

    Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

  • Japan-Finland Economic Association established (now Japan-Finland Association)

    Japan-Finland Economic Association established (now Japan-Finland Association)

    Japan-Finland Economic Association established (now Japan-Finland Association). After that, numerous friendship groups and associations between Japan and Finland were established. Currently 21 nationwide in 2018. Photo from association’s newsletter (1974).

  • Signing of Cultural Agreement

    Signing of Cultural Agreement

    Finland was the first Nordic country to sign a cultural agreement with Japan. After that, cultural exchanges increased dramatically.

  • The Embassy of Finland moved to the present location from Roppongi

    The Embassy of Finland moved to the present location from Roppongi

    The Embassy of Finland moved to the present location from Roppongi. The building was constructed in 1983. An old dignified Japanese oak (Japanese: shii no ki ) decorates the inner court of the Embassy building.

  • Direct Finnair flights between Japan and Finland start to operate

    Direct Finnair flights between Japan and Finland start to operate

    After the signing of the aviation agreement in 1981 and the start of airline services between the countries, Finland became the geographically closest European country to Japan. Currently there are 38 weekly flights between the countries, Japan Airlines included.

     

    Photo by Finnair.

  • His Royal Highness the Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko official visit to Finland

    His Royal Highness the Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko official visit to Finland

    photo by The Finnish Japanese Society.

  • State visit to Japan by President Koivisto and his wife

    State visit to Japan by President Koivisto and his wife

    photo by The Finnish Japanese Society

  • Science and Technology Co-operation Agreement, President Ahtisaari visits Japan

    Science and Technology Co-operation Agreement, President Ahtisaari visits Japan

    photo by The office of the President of the Republic.

  • Finnish Institute in Japan established in Tokyo

    Finnish Institute in Japan established in Tokyo

    The Finnish Institute in Japan connects Finnish and Japanese professionals and organisations in the fields of science, education and culture. We enable dialogue and develop co-operation between actors in culture, research, higher education, technology and business.

     

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  • Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan Established

    Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan Established

    The Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan was established in 1999 and is approved by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Japan. The main purpose of FCCJ is to promote trade and economic exchange between Japan and Finland. Photo: Rauno Sirola (left), first FCCJ President and Ambassador Pekka Lintu

     

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  • TM Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit Finland

    TM Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit Finland

    photo by The office of the President of the Republic.

  • President Halonen visits Japan

    President Halonen visits Japan

    photo by The office of the President of the Republic.

  • Sendai Finland Wellbeing Center opens

    Sendai Finland Wellbeing Center opens

    Sendai Finland well being center is a Sendai based non-profit organization developing businesses between Finland and Japan. It creates a health and welfare industry cluster by supporting manufacturers and service providers to develop products and services in the nursing care field. Now Sendai and Oulu city has collaboration in the fields of ICT, nanotechnology, biotechnology etc. based on the Co-incubation Agreement for Industry Promotion. Currently, various local governments such as Kanagawa prefecture and Yamaguchi city have collaboration with Finnish local industry-government-academia.

  • Japanese film “Kamome Shokudo” (Ruokala Lokki) released

    Japanese film “Kamome Shokudo” (Ruokala Lokki) released

    Number of Japanese tourists visiting Finland has increased dramatically after the movie.

     

    ©Kamomshokai PHOTO Yoko Takahashi.

  • Prime minister Koizumi visits Finland

    Prime minister Koizumi visits Finland

     

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    Photo by Office of the President of the Republic of Finland.

  • The 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations

    The 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations

    To celebrate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland, commemorative events were held, such as a Noh performance, Urasenke tea ceremony with the visit of the head of the school Sen Shoojitsu XV, Hokkaido traditional arts, showcase of the Kudo martial arts, etc.

  • Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visits Finland

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visits Finland

    Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visited Finland, invited by President Halonen. Both were patrons of the Finnish Institute in the Japan Science Program (2007-2011).

  • Finland expresses its sympathies to Japan suffering from the Tohoku earthquake.

    Finland expresses its sympathies to Japan suffering from the Tohoku earthquake.

    President Halonen, Prime Minister Kiviniemi and Foreign Minister Stubb all express their condolences, along with donations and disaster relief support through the EU.

  • President Niinistö and his wife visit Japan

    President Niinistö and his wife visit Japan

    Niinistö meets Prime Minister Abe and issue a joint statement on the Strategic Partnership between Finland and Japan. Abe visits Finland the following year.

     

    Photo by Office of the President of the Republic of Finland.

     

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  • 100 Years of Finnish Independence

    100 Years of Finnish Independence

    The nation celebrated its 100th year with numerous events in Finland and all around the world.

  • 100 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland

    100 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland

    In the year 2019, Finland and Japan will celebrate 100 years of diplomatic relations. This special Anniversary year will be celebrated through a range of activities in both Finland and Japan.

APPLY TO USE THE LOGO / NOMINAL EVENT SUPPORT

Projects and events related to the diplomatic relations anniversary, taking place in Japan, are invited to use the official logo of the anniversary year administered by the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo.

To obtain the right to use the anniversary logo in relation to your event or project, please fill in the logo application web form.

Any organization or body planning a project or event with a definite connection to Finland in Japan can seek the Nominal Support of the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo.

All projects and events approved to use the anniversary logo or receive nominal support are also invited to communicate about their projects and events though the official Japan-Finland
Diplomatic Anniversary website

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