Linda Liukas tells the story of Ruby
It doesn't happen every day that a book written by a Finn comes first in Amazon Japan's book sales rankings. Well it did for Linda Liukas, a Finnish programmer and illustrator, whose first book "Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding" translated into Japanese not only ranked second in all books sold on Amazon at one moment but also remained astoundingly on top of picture books category for one whole week in May this year.
Finland on show at the Tokyo International Book Fair
The Finnish Institute in Japan participated for the first time in the 23rd Tokyo International Book Fair on September 23 to 25. The fair was held at the Tokyo Big Sight, in which 470 companies and organizations from 20 different countries had on display about one million items at the exhibition hall.
The truth about Finnish schools
In autumn 2016 Finland’s comprehensive schools will adopt a new core curriculum which has in some critical circles been described as the downfall of the world’s best education system. Educational experts respond to these claims, to explain if there is any truth in them.
From the fringe to the mainstream
Embassy of Finland will have a booth with 4 other Nordic embassies at Tokyo Rainbow Pride! Tokyo Rainbow Pride is an event celebrating the diversity of Tokyo's LGBT community.Please come to see us to Yoyogi park in Tokyo on 7th-8th May. To celebrate the event this article features Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen). After decades in the shadows, the world is finally ready for Finland’s icon of erotic art, Tom of Finland.
Finnish liquid milk sent to affected areas in Kumamoto
Finnish dairy manufacturer Valio's baby liquid milk "Tuuti" were donated as relief goods for those suffering from the Kumamoto Earthquake. Ambassador of Finland Manu Virtamo visited Kumamoto together with Chairman of the Japan-Finland Parliamentary Friendship League Yuriko Koike on April 27th to directly hand the donation to the Governor of Kumamoto Ikuo Kabashima.
President Niinistö met with Prime Minister Abe and Emperor Akihito in Tokyo
President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö and his spouse Mrs Jenni Haukio made an official visit to Japan from 8 to 11 March 2016. The visit began in Kyoto and continued in Tokyo, where also Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, and a delegation of Finnish business leaders, took part in the program.
Hiroshima Day reminds of the necessity of nuclear disarmament
The Hiroshima Day on August 6 commemorates the victims of atomic bombings. A nuclear weapon was used exactly 70 years ago in Hiroshima and three days later in Nagasaki. The Hiroshima Day reminds of the destruction and suffering caused by the nuclear weapons and of the progress needed in nuclear disarmament. A memorial ceremony organised in Japan will commemorate the victims. Finland will be represented by Ambassador Manu Virtamo.
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