A 150-year relationship
In 1868, Sweden and Japan first established diplomatic relations by concluding a Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation. That makes Sweden one of the first countries to have established relations with Japan in the Meiji era. In the 150 years since, relations have continued to develop in many areas.
A whole range of cultural events have been planned throughout Japan to celebrate the anniversary this year. Examples: A photo exhibition entitled "Swedish Dads" will be shown in several cities throughout Japan. Co-organised by the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo and the Swedish Institute, the exhibition is based on portraits of fathers who choose to stay home with their children for at least six months. Live performances from Swedish acts, like the rock bands H.E.A.T. and Eclipse, will be presented on Japanese stages. Plus, a film series has been organised with Swedish masterpieces from the classics to new works.