Starting as new Ambassador of Finland to Japan I’m happy to note that the relations between our countries are excellent, while at the same time getting even more closely-knit and versatile.
Tens of direct weekly flights between Finland and Japan enable the close cooperation between our countries in spite of the geographical distance.
The joint statement on strategic partnership issued by President Niinistö and Prime Minister Abe in 2016 gives a solid foundation and offers a political roadmap for the development of our relations for the coming years.
Finland and Japan are connected as being leading countries of innovation and technological expertise, as well as bind by the common challenges of the ageing society and climate change. By combining our strengths we can together find sustainable solutions to national and global challenges of the future.
Our citizens value and are genuinely interested in each other. Despite the differences between our culture we are connected by our appreciation for silence and the nature, functionalism and simplistic design as well as the top notch quality in our work.
Our values and views in international issues are also well aligned. We believe in agreements and the rules based international cooperation, which we want to reinforce together.
And most importantly, Finns and Japanese trust each other. This mutual trust gives an outstanding basis for longstanding, future oriented interaction and cooperation.
Year 2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan with abundance of events in both countries. In 2020 Tokyo will host the Olympic and Paralympic games.
These events will have a strong positive impact in the work of the Embassy and the Team Finland in Japan whether related to political relations, culture, trade or science and technology.
As Ambassador of Finland I am very excited to be able to continue to develop our relations together with the outstanding staff of the Embassy, Business Finland Tokyo, the Finnish Institute in Japan, as well as with all our partners. We will make our utmost to see Japanese and Finns join their forces in order to create a better future for all of us.
Ambassador-designate of Finland to Japan