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An exhibition dedicated to Estonian artist Kaljo Põllu opens in Japan

An exhibition of graphic art by the Estonian artist, Kaljo Põllu, opened on 15 November at the Okuni Shrine in Japan. The display, arranged jointly by the Art Museum of Estonia, the Okuni Shrine, the city of Saku and the Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art in Japan, “gives a …

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The Hiroshima International Animation Festival to have a special Estonia focus

The Hiroshima International Animation Festival, held biennially in the namesake Japanese city, is to have an intensive focus on Estonian animation this year. The festival was inspired by the city’s tragic history. Hiroshima was the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon near the end of World War II and the city …

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Say hello to a Japanese manga character called Estonia

“Hetalia: Axis Powers” (Japanese: ヘタリア), a Japanese webcomic, later adapted as a manga and an anime series, features a male character called Estonia. Created by manga artist Hidekaz Himaruya and having had its original run from 2006-2013, the series’ main presentation is as an often over-the-top allegory of political and historic events as well as more general cultural comparisons. …

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Japan to join the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn

Japan has decided to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub in Tallinn, Estonia. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, announced the decision to join the centre during his visit to Estonia on 12 January. According to a statement by the cyber defence …

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Estonia and Japan to sign a cyber security cooperation treaty

Estonia and Japan are to sign a cyber security cooperation agreement in January 2018 during the Japanese prime minister’s visit to the country. The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is scheduled to visit Estonia in the middle of January as one of the stops in his European tour. This would …

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The Finnish and Estonian music industries join forces to promote talents in Japan

The Finnish and Estonian music industries have joined forces to increase the export capabilities of musical talent and music companies to the Japanese market under a joint endeavour called the “Finest Sounds”. The objective of the cooperation is to bring more high-quality Finnish and Estonian music to the second biggest …

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Estonian prime minister Taavi Rõivas meeting his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Credit: Tauno Tõhk, the Government Office of Estonia.

Estonia to strengthen cybersecurity cooperation with Japan

Estonia and Japan are to strengthen cooperation on cybersecurity and digital identification, the prime ministers of the two countries agreed last week in Tokyo. During his visit to Japan by the Estonian prime minister, Taavi Rõivas, his Japanese colleague, Shinzo Abe, commended Estonia on its successes in the fields of …

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Meet the Japanese friendship society that loves Estonian food and culture

It isn’t easy to find blood sausage, black bread and herring in Japan, but every year more than 100 people come together to cook a traditional Estonian meal in Tokyo.  Working at a hotel in Tallinn means that inevitably every guest who checks in will ask about the local food. …

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Japan to implement ID cards following Estonia’s example

Japan is the first large country who is going to implement a digital personal identification card, following Estonia’s example. The step was announced on 23 October, following a meeting between the Estonian Prime Minister, Taavi Rõivas, and the Japanese Finance Minister, Akira Amari, who visited Estonia to get acquainted with …

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Estonian-founded Fits.me sold to Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten

Rakuten, a Japanese ecommerce and internet company, has acquired a 100% stake in the Estonian-founded fit preference specialist, Fits.me. Rakuten said it expects the tech startup to further strengthen its ecommerce offerings and marketing solutions by providing a greater personalisation of the retail experience for shoppers. The Fits.me story began in 2009, when the Estonian …

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