At the presidential session on Friday 10 August, the President of the Republic decided to appoint Counsellor for Foreign Affairs Pekka Orpana to serve as Finland's Ambassador to Tokyo from 1 September 2018.
Orpana is currently Senior Adviser responsible for external energy relations and climate in the Unit for General EU Affairs and Coordination.
He was Finland's Ambassador to Belgrade from 2011 to 2015 and to Lima from 2007 to 2011. From 2002 to 2007, he worked as Director of the Unit for Central and South-Eastern Europe in the Ministry.
He has held different positions at the Embassies of Finland in Pretoria, London and Alger, at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York, and worked in the Honorary Consulate of Finland in Marseille.
Orpana holds a Master of Laws degree.