Japan-Jordan Relations

Japan-Jordan Relations (Basic Data)

September 28, 2017

General Description

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1954, Japan and Jordan have maintained friendly bilateral relations, including those between the imperial and royal families.
Jordan has been actively engaged in the Middle East peace process. The political and economic stability of Jordan, which is situated in a special geopolitical position, directly affects the stability of the Middle East region.
Japan fully recognizes such importance of Jordan and has actively extended assistance to the country. Taking into account the fact that Jordan has been making steady progress toward economic liberalization and aiming to nurture promising and internationally competitive industries in Jordan, Japan has initiated to extend intellectual assistance to Jordan, taking advantage of the know-how accumulated through the history of Japanese industrial governance.
The state visit by His Majesty King Abdullah introduced a new chapter in the relations between the two countries. Japan is determined to further strengthen the ties between the two countries, for instance, by broadening the foundation of mutual understanding between the two countries to the grass-roots level through wider exchanges of citizens of the two countries.

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 1954 diplomatic relations established
  • 1974 Jordanian Embassy opened in Tokyo
  • 1974 Japanese Embassy opened in Amman
  • Friendship between Imperial and Royal is maintained favorably. His majesty King Abudullah has visited Japan 11 times.

Bilateral Treaties and Arrangements:

  • 1985 Technical Assistance Agreement came into effect
  • 1995 Aviation Agreement came into effect
  • 1997 Reciprocal Visa Fee Waiver Agreement came into effect
  • 2012 Agreement for Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy came into effect

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Jordan: 307 (as of October 2016)
  • Number of Jordanian Nationals residing in Japan: 155 (as of December 2016)

Trade with Japan: (in yen)

  • Exports: ¥ 3.98 billion (2016) (fertilizer, phosphorus ore)
  • Imports: ¥ 68.71 billion (2016) (transport machinery, machinery)

Japan's achievement in Assistance:

  • Given the significant role of Jordan in regard to the Middle East peace process and the sustainable peace in the region, Japan has been implementing economic cooperation to the nation actively. Japan has been providing effective assistance to Jordan in each area combining relevant aid modalities including loan, grant and technical cooperation.

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Japan's assistance to Jordan up to FY 2015
  • Loans: 252.6 billion yen
  • Grants: 81 billion yen
  • Technical cooperation: 34.9 billion yen

Cultural Exchange:

  • (1) Cultural grant assistance in total: 1540million yen (23 projects)
  • (2) In Jordan, Japanese animation and manga have enormous popularity especially among young people. The interest in Japanese culture such as martial arts, Japanese food and traditional arts is also high. Japan has developed active cultural exchange programs, through events of introducing Japanese culture and the Japanese speech contest.

Visits by Eminent Persons

From Japan to Jordan
Year Name
1976 TIH Crown Prince and Princess
1980 TIH Prince and Princess Mikasa
1985 Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe
1987 Foreign Minister Tadashi Kuranari
1988 Foreign Minister Sosuke Uno
1990 Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama (Aug)
Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu (Oct)
1994 Foreign Minister Koji Kakizawa (May)
1995 TIH Crown Prince and Princess (Jan)
Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama (Sep)
1996 TIH Prince and Princess Takamado (Jun)
Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda (Aug)
1999 Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura (Jan)
TIH Crown Prince and Princess (Feb)
Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi (Feb)
2003 Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi (Apr)
2005 HIH Princess Takamado (Jun)
2006 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (Jul)
2007 Foreign Minister Taro Aso (Aug)
2012 Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba (May)
2013 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Jul)
2015 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Jan)
State Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Yasuhide Nakayama (Jan)
2016 Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, Taro Kono (Jul)
State Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro Sonoura (Sep)
2017 Foreign Minister Taro Kono (Sep)
From Jordan to Japan
Year Name
1974 HRH Crown Prince Hassan
1976 TM King and Queen Hussein
1982 HM King Hussein bin Talal and Crown Prince Abudullah
1983 HM King Hussein bin Talal
1987 Foreign Minister Massli
1988 TRH Crown Prince and Princess Hassan
1989 HM King Hussein bin Talal (Feb)
HM Queen Noor bin Talal (Oct)
1990 TRH Crown Prince and Princess Hassan
1991 Minister of Planning Abudullah (Jan)
Minister of Planning Fariz (Sep)
1993 HRH Princess Haya (Jul)
HRH Princess Basma (Oct)
HRH Prince Abdullah (Nov)
Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Majal (Dec)
1994 HRH Princess Haya
1995 TRH Crown Prince and Princess Hassan
1998 HRH Prince Abdullah
1999 Minister of Finance Marto (Jun)
TM King Abdullah II Ibn al Hussein and Queen Rania (Dec)
2000 HRH Crown Prince Hamzah
2001 Prime Minister Ali Abu Al-Ragheb
2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs Marwan Al Muasher (May)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Jun)
2003 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Bassem Awadallah (Feb)
HRH Princess Basma (Oct)
2004 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation BassemAwadallah (Feb and Oct)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Dec)
2005 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Suhair Al-Ali (Jun)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Dec)
2006 HRH Prince Hassan (Aug)
TM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania (Dec)
2007 HRH Princess Muna (May)
HRH Princess Raiyah (Jul)
2008 HRH Princess Hassan (May)
Foreign Minister Salaheddin Al-Bashir (Jul)
HRH Princess Sumaya (Oct)
HRH Princess Raiyar (Dec)
2009 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Suhair Al-Ali (Mar)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Apr)
Ministry of Social Development Hala Ratuf (Dec)
2010 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Mar)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Apr)
Minister of Public Sector Development and Minister of State for Mega-Projects Imad Fakhoury and Minister of Information and Communication Technology Marwan Juma (Jul)
Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Samir Rifai, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khalid Irani, Minister of Industry and Trade Amer Hadidi, Minister of Transport Alaa Batayneh, Minister of Public Sector Development and Minister of State for Mega-Projects Imad Fakhoury and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Oct)
HRH/Brigadier Prince Ali (Nov)
2011 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Jun)
HRH Prince Faisal (Jul)
HRH Prince Mired (Oct)
HRH/Brigadier Prince Ali (Dec)
2012 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Mar)
HRH Princess Muna (Jun)
2013 President of the Senate Taher Masri (Sep)
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Saif (Dec)
2014 HRH Prince Ali (May)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Nov)
2015 HRH Prince Faisal (Jun)
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhoury (Dec)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Nasser Judeh (Dec)
HRH Prince Ali (Dec)
2016 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhoury (Oct)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Oct)
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ibrahim Saif(Nov)
HRH Prince Faisal (Nov)
2017 HRH Princess Sumaya (May)
HRH Prince Faisal (Jun)
Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki (Jul)