Finland to participate in the meeting of the energy and environment ministers at the G20 Summit in Japan on 15–16 June
Japan has invited Finland to participate in the meeting of energy and environment ministers, which is part of the programme of Japan’s presidency of the G20 Summit. The Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth will take place in Karuizawa on 15–16 June 2019. Finland is one of the so-called outreach countries invited to the meeting. The themes of the meeting are the global energy transition, climate and sustainable growth, prevention of ocean plastic pollution, and resource efficiency.
Finland expresses its gratitude for contributions to equality with special recognition – Chizuko Ueno from Japan among the first recipients
Finland places great significance on promoting equality in the world, and wishes to thank those who are working towards this common goal. To express its gratitude, Finland will be presenting special recognition to individuals and groups around the globe who are committed to advancing inclusivity in society. The names of the first recipients from 16 countries are released today, with one of the honours going to Chizuko Ueno, sociologist and Chairperson of Women’s Action Network in Japan.
Permanent State Secretary Anttonen to a festive Team Finland visit to Japan
Permanent State Secretary Matti Anttonen, accompanied by a business delegation, will visit Japan on 22–24 May 2019, where he will also participate in the events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan.
Six prominent Japanese personalities nominated as Friendship Envoys for 2019
With the centennial anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland coming up in 2019, the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo has nominated six Japanese personalities with special ties to Finland as the Friendship Envoys for the celebratory year. They are: lighting designer Motoko Ishii, ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, actress Satomi Kobayashi, pianist Izumi Tateno, idol singer Ayane Fujisaki and designer Akira Minagawa.
The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo launches Finland-themed stickers to Japan's most popular message application, LINE
The Embassy of Finland in Tokyo, in cooperation with creative consulting company Kotana, launches Finland themed sticker collection to LINE, Japan's most popular message application. The sticker collection, aimed for Japanese consumers, gathers in one place instant messenger-stickers designed by Finnish artists, designers and entertainment companies. The stickers will allow Japanese LINE-users to communicate in a Finnish way.
Suomi Alumni network launched
On Saturday 26th May the first "Suomi-alumni" event for those having lived half a year or more in Finland, was held at the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo. Participants included both exchange students just recently returned from Finland and working people who lived in Finland during the 80's. The event, originally proposed by ambassador Siukosaari, was relaxed and fun: the program included live music, barbeque and Finnish summer games.
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