History of Japan-Finland Diplomatic Relations

1958

Visa Exemption Agreement signed

1964

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

1969

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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1970

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 (Ambassador), unknown, Carl-Christian Rosenbröijer of Finnpap and Tom Kiyama of Nippon-Finnpap.

1972

Japan-Finland tax treaty

Japan-Finland tax treaty

Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

1973

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).

1978

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.

1981

Establishment of the Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Helsinki

1983

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.