History of Japan-Finland Diplomatic Relations
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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