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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Six prominent Japanese personalities have been nominated as the Friendship Envoys for the 100th Anniversary. Please click the photos for each envoy’s interview article and video message.
DIPLOMATIC HISTORY TIMELINE
A.E. Nordenskiöld visits Yokohama
Finnish explorer and geologist Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld traveled through the Arctic sea route and arrived in Yokohama.
Independence of Finland
On sixth of December 1917, Finland declares independence from the Russian Empire.
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.
Signing Treaty of Commerce and Navigation
Treaty of Commerce and Navigation was signed.
Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
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.
The photo is from their annual party in 1938 (The Finnish Japanese Society).
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
The Finnish School in Japan, originally established for the children of the Finnish missionary families. It is closed now.
Photo by JASUKO
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.
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 (Ambassador), unknown, Carl-Christian Rosenbröijer of Finnpap and Tom Kiyama of Nippon-Finnpap.
Japan-Finland Economic Association established (now Japan-Finland Association)
Establishment of the Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Helsinki
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Direct Finnair flights between Japan and Finland start to operate
Establishment of Nokia Mobile Phones Japan K.K.
The company entered into the mobile phone business in Japan that year, and it has changed its core business from mobile phones to network infrastructure since 2010. Nokia has been providing mobile network equipment to all the 3 major mobile operators in Japan. Nokia is the largest Finnish company in Japan, with 800 employees currently working in the country.
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.
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
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.
The 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations
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.
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