It has been 18 years since the last official visit in July, 2000.
ADM Kawano visited Finland at the invitation of General Jarmo Lindberg, after his visit to Russia and had a meeting with General Lindberg and visited FDF troops.
ADM Kawano paid a courtesy call on President HE Sauli Niinistö at Mäntyniemi and courtesy call on Minister of Defence HE Dr. Jussi Niinistö.
Defense exchange between Japan and Finland has become increasingly active in this year.
In May, former Minister of Defense of Japan Itsunori Onodera visited Finland.
In August, Training Squadron (JS Kashima and JS Makinami) made a port call at Helsinki. They conducted a PASSEX with the Finnish Navy and NATO respectively on their way towards the next call to Portsmouth, UK.