Speech by Minister Timo Soini at the Japan National Press Club - Ministry for Foreign Affairs
And I can admit: my relationship with the media is – shall we say, Both Japan and Finland became member of the United Nations in Finnish-Japanese relations now and in the future. Miwa Yoshiaki, director of the Security Division (Overseas Establishment Division) of the. There's little enough on relations between Japan and Finland, .. The precedent decisions by Britain and the United States had laid a good.
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The arrangement has been criticised by Risto E. Finland joined the United Nations in and the European Union in The military has been prepared to be more compatible with NATO, as co-operation with NATO in peacekeeping is needed, but military alliance does not have popular support.
In the European Union, Finland is a member of the Eurozoneand in addition, the Schengen treaty abolishing passport controls. Other large trade partners are Russia and the United States. Finland is well represented in the UN civil service in proportion to its population and belongs to several of its specialised and related agencies. Finnish troops have participated in United Nations peacekeeping activities sinceand the Finns continue to be one of the largest per capita contributors of peacekeepers in the world.
Cooperation with the other Scandinavian countries also is important to Finland, and it has been a member of the Nordic Council since Under the council's auspices, the Nordic countries have created a common labor market and have abolished immigration controls among themselves. The council also serves to coordinate social and cultural policies of the participating countries and has promoted increased cooperation in many fields.
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Finland has moved steadily towards integration into Western institutions and abandoned its formal policy of neutrality, which has been recast as a policy of military nonalliance coupled with the maintenance of a credible, independent defence.
Finland's decision to buy 64 F Hornet fighter planes from the United States signalled the abandonment of the country's policy of balanced arms purchases from Communist countries and Western countries.
Finland became a full member of the EU in Januaryat the same time acquiring observer status in the EU's defence arm, the Western European Union.
Generally, Finland has abided by the principle of neutrality and has good relations with nearly all countries, as evidenced by the freedom of travel that a Finnish passport gives. Reuter further asked if an official envoy would be sent from Finland from Japan. Yoshida could only surmise that, because of the geographical convenience, the Japanese Minister to Sweden would have, for a time, an additional post in Finland.
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Reuter promised that things would be arranged thereafter in such a way that negotiations would be carried on through the same Minister. Reuter added that Finland had an intention to provide Japan with wood-pulp, and that, if trade inspectors were dispatched from Japan, he would gladly give them facilities.
Have there been any negotiations on exchange of envoys since the recognition of Finnish independence? Immediately after his arrival in Japan, ambassador and scholar Ramstedt started diplomatic work, in which he was unpracticed, by himself and without any assistant. According to the note he presented, Ramstedt had received, on April 4, an instruction from Foreign Minister Holsti, which read: On the occasion when it is discussed, take proper measures.
On January 20,Ramstedt called on Foreign Minister Uchida to hand over a copy of the letter, repeating the request for de jure recognition. It seems that Japan may now give formal recognition of the Finnish Government at once without waiting for discussion at the Council of Foreign Ministers. Beginning of Intercourse Between Finland and Japan, however, there still remained a large question to be solved. An envoy had been sent only from the Finnish side, and this one-sided situation had to be corrected.
In spite of its position as an Asian power, Japan, which had come to rank among the Great Powers in international politics after the First World War, was not entirely indifferent to the newly-born European states including Finland. It referred to Finland with the observation: It follows from this that a representative equivalent to a minister should in fact be dispatched, but for the time being the most opportune measures seem to be that of promptly establishing a consulate-general or consulate.
According to these memoirs, Ramstedt met Foreign Minister Uchida early in the summer of to request the establishment of a Japanese legation in Finland, but Uchida expressed the view that neither the number of Japanese residents in Finland nor the commercial relations between the two countries were sufficient to require the establishment of a legation. On the following day Tsuneo Matsudaira, high official of the Foreign Ministry called on Ramstedt to request a detailed explanation.
A few days later, Ramstedt answered the question by proposing that the Japanese Government should spare one member of the Legation in Stockholm for a standing representative in Helsinki. But Japanese diplomatic documents give interesting evidence that there had also been on the side of Japan various opinions insisting on the necessity of dispatching a standing envoy to Finland.
Inside the Foreign Ministry the fact had been reconsidered that it had not dispatched any man to European Russia since the evacuation of the Japanese embassy from Archangelsk, and that it lacked information about Finland and other Baltic areas. Instead, the northwestern territory of old Russia, or Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland increased in importance for the observation of the actual circumstances of the Bolshevik Government.
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Especially, it is, just as Estonia is, close to Petrograd, which is, next to Moscow, the most important [city] in Russia. In addition, it has not only secured early recognition of independence from the powers with which it has exchanged ministers, but it has also dispatched a minister to our Japan. With our legation already established in Poland [Warsaw], we Japan have to balance it also a legation in Helsinfors.
The report includes the interesting remark that: The Japanese Government, however, did not go beyond giving a promise that it would convey the Swedish hope to the Ambassador in France. If you mean the bringing up of the question before the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Great Powers, the Japanese Government, so far as those Great Powers give their consent, has no objection to discussing the matter at an early meeting. In the autumn of the same year, Ramstedt further worked upon Baron Tanetaro Megata who was to attend the first Assembly of the League of Nations.
Armed with information from Ramstedt, the Japanese delegates very often took floor at the meetings of the League of Nations to discuss the Aland question in favor of the Finnish Government. Instead, they include reports from Kikujiro Ishii who presided over the 13th Council of the League of Nations. Newly born as it is, the institutions of the country seem to have been already well under way, owing to the historical background of it having maintained a system of autonomy even under Russian rule.
As for the foreign policy, Nagai quotes from a confidential talk with Foreign Minister K. It follows from this that Finland should attach importance to armament and always give heed to cooperation with neighbouring countries. While it is natural that the Baltic States, in a situation similar to that of Finland, should have planned to ally with us, one cannot but doubt whether the position of the former three small states, though they are independent, is really secure.
That is a matter one should consider seriously.
We should maintain friendly relations with those countries, but I consider it dangerous, for instance, to ally with them. In time of emergency, can Finland really rely upon assistance from those three states? To arouse the suspicion of the neighbouring Great Power by forming such an alliance, which will make it apprehensive, does no good to us.
Therefore, at the Baltic Conference in the beginning of this year, Finland took a half-hearted attitude in regard to this question. In my opinion, however, the Finnish people, who are generally well versed in the Russian state of affairs, will be the last people to be led astray by [Communist] propaganda. Especially in view of the fact that the laborers of this country, who are informed of the discriminatory treatment of the laborers in the Soviet Union to such a degree as one no longer sees even in capitalist countries today, do not seem to admire the Russian system, the danger from such propaganda may belong to the past.
These reports are based mainly on Soviet newspapers, organs of the FKP, etc.
In parallel with the activity in Helsinki, Russian information was also being collected by the Japanese branch office in Riga, which was opened later than the Helsinki branch. The man dispatched for this post was Sentaro Ueda, who, as seen in the above, had advised the opening of Japanese diplomatic agencies in countries on the Baltic coast.
Four months later he wrote to his superior official about the promising future of his activities: Everything has been going well since my arrival here …. The Foreign Minister and the other Foreign Ministry officials of this country are all my old acquaintances. Here are many individuals who are concerned with the Bolsheviks]. Therefore materials are easy to obtain. As was expected, this is an ideal place for the observation of the Russian affairs.