New Finnish government tests the waters
Finland’s main political parties started to discuss the formation of a new government immediately after the parliamentary elections on April 19. The new tripartite government finally named on May 29 has been formed by the three parties from the centre and right wing of the political spectrum who gained the most seats in the election: the conservative Centre Party, the populist “Finns” Party, and the moderate conservative National Coalition Party.
minä perhonen – high end fashion with a Finnish name already for 20 years
Despite its small size in population, Finland seems to have established a unique status in Japan, enjoying an increasing number of fervent Finnish fans. Some of them encountered Finland first time through a fashion brand called minä perhonen. The company borrows its name from Finnish language: minä is "I" and perhonen is "butterfly." Designer Akira Minagawa feels special adoration for Finland, thus even selected Finnish words to name his own brand. But why is he so much in love with Finland? The
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja discussed with Ambassador of Japan of North Korea’s ballistic missile launch
Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Erkki Tuomioja met today 13 of December Mr. Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan, in courtesy call. Minister Tuomioja and Ambassador Shinoda discussed the Finnish-Japanese relations and current international political and economic issues, including security issues in Asia.
Exclusive interview with Professor Yamanaka who received the trophy for Millennium Technology Prize
Dr. Shinya Yamanaka received a trophy for the Millennium Technology Prize called the “Peak” statue, during a banquet at the Embassy of Finland in Tokyo on October 11. The scientist was celebrated at the event hosted by Ambassador Jari Gustafsson for winning two significant international prizes in 2012, the Millennium Technology Prize and the Nobel in Physiology or Medicine.
Development Minister Hautala to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Bank in Tokyo
Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala will attend the Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group in Tokyo on 11–12 October. The central topics of the Annual Meeting are current challenges facing the global economy and their impact on developing countries. While in Tokyo, the minister will also meet with stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
The Embassy of Finland, Tokyo received Timanttiteko award for its work
The Embassy of Finland, Tokyo was granted Timanttiteko award for its rapid action during the crisis following the earthquake in Japan. The justifications for the award mention particularly the embassy’s innovative use of social media for crisis communication and reaching the hundreds of Finns who were in the emergency areas.
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