History of Japan-Finland Diplomatic Relations

1985

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.

1986

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

1993

Establishment of Nokia Mobile Phones Japan K.K.

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.

1997

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.

1998

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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1999

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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2000

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.

2004

President Halonen visits Japan

President Halonen visits Japan

photo by The office of the President of the Republic.

2005

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.

2006

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.