History of Japan-Finland Diplomatic Relations

1792

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.

1879

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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1917

Independence of Finland

Independence of Finland

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

 

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1919

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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1924

Signing Treaty of Commerce and Navigation

Signing Treaty of Commerce and Navigation

Treaty of Commerce and Navigation was signed.

 

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1935

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).

1937

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.

1944

Cessation of diplomatic relations

1952

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.

1957

Diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland resumed