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Minister of Defence Kaikkonen to visit Japan

Ministry of Defence
Publication date 24.10.2022 15.00
Press release

Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen will make a working visit to Japan on 25 to 27 October 2022. Minister Kaikkonen's delegation includes Esa Pulkkinen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, and Business Finland's delegation of 11 Finnish companies.

On Wednesday 26 October, Minister Kaikkonen will meet Japan's Minister of Defense Yasukazu Hamada. The ministers are to discuss regional security environment and the development of bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges.

Apart from attending a Finland-Japan defence industry seminar, Minister Kaikkonen will also meet representatives of the defence industry. The main objectives of the visit are to support Finnish defence industry companies in Japan and to deepen cooperation between Finland and Japan's defence administrations.

On Thursday 27 October, Minister of Defence Kaikkonen will visit Fuchu to familiarise himself with the Space Operations Group of Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF).

Inquiries: Miikka Pynnönen, Special Adviser to the Minister of Defence, on the working visit's programme, tel. +358 295 140 117; Pasi Jalkanen, Senior Staff Officer, on the content of Minister Kaikkonen's official discussions, tel. +358 295 140 130; and Mikko Koskimaa, Military Assistant to the Permanent Secretary, on Permanent Secretary's separate programme, tel. +358 295 140 112.