From economy to untouched forests
The IMF Meeting in Tokyo is now over and the delegates have returned home. On the last day in Tokyo, Monday 15 October, our Minister for Finance, Mr. Anders Borg, was the key speaker in a special seminar where he presented his views on the reasons behind Sweden’s economic success. The seminar can be viewed on the following link:
The day after the so-called Nordic Food Week started in Tokyo. The Nordic countries sent some of their best chefs to participate in a number of events in the Japanese capital. Sweden was represented by our star chef Ms. Malin Söderström. The purpose of this project was to raise the awareness of Nordic food culture and gastronomy on the one hand, while trying to establish New Nordic Food as a recognized brand in Japan on the other.
Last week the Embassy also organized a special showing of the movie “Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg”, a film that depicts the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg’s activities in Budapest in late 1944. The event was made possible through the cooperation of the Embassies of Israel and Hungary. A Hungarian documentary on Raoul Wallenberg was also shown.
The next day I went to Hokkaido to visit the city of Tôbetsu, where there is a large section called Sweden Hills, consisting of more than 400 houses imported from Sweden. There is a plan to build 300 more. On Saturday and Sunday I also visited the lake Akan, where there are large areas of forests and untouched nature. I had a discussion with Maeda Ippoen Foundation on how to cooperate with Sweden and using Swedish experiences in keeping forests healthy and making it possible for people to enjoy them.