Japan and the Pacific Islands Forum Relations

Japan-PIF Relations

Since 1989, Japan has attended Post-Forum Dialogues between the South Pacific Forum (SPF) and non-member countries at the vice-ministerial level. Most recently, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura attended talks held in the Cook Islands in September 1997.

In addition, each year the chairman of the SPF is invited to Japan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for constructive talks. Other personal exchanges continue to become more active at all levels. Relations are growing closer between Japan and the SPF. Japan provides funding for the SPF and has jointly run the Pacific Islands Centre in Tokyo since its establishment in October 1996. Japan, in collaboration with the Forum Secretariat, has held regular seminars on developing commodities for export from the South Pacific region to Japan since 1994.

The first-ever summit-level meeting between Japan and the members of the SPF took place on October 13, 1997 in Tokyo. In November 2000, SPF was renamed Pacific Islands Forum.

Press Secretary's Press Conference on PIF

Year Month Date
2008 November 6
2006 October 26
2003 May 9
2000 October 27

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