Japan-Algeria Relations

June 9, 2021

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 1958 Representative Office of Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) was opened in Tokyo.
  • 1962 Bilateral relationship established upon Japan's recognition of Algeria's independence.
  • 1964 Japanese Embassy was opened in Algiers.
  • 1964 Algerian Embassy was opened in Tokyo.

Bilateral Treaties and Agreements:

  • 2004 Technological Assistance Agreement

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Algeria: 77 (October 2020)
  • Number of Algerian nationals residing in Japan: 379 (May 2021)

Trade with Japan (2020)

  • (1) Exports: 27.2 billion yen (petroleum, petroleum sprit, albacore and tuna, etc.)
    Imports: 21.4 billion yen (iron and steel products, machinery, motor vehicles etc.)
  • (2) Algeria is the biggest plant market for Japanese enterprises.
    Economic relationship is mainly in energy area (plant construction projects etc.)
  • (3) In November 2008, 6th Japan-Algeria Joint Economic Committee took place in Algiers.

Economic Cooperation

Japan’s economic assistance is mainly on training and dispatching experts.

  • Japan's assistance (cumulative total as of March 2018):
  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 13.90 billion yen
  • Grants: 1.396 billion yen
  • Technical cooperation: 7.759 billion yen

(1) Recent major issues

[Dispatching of experts]:
Enhancement of Financial Governance (FY2021~2022)
[Country-focused training]:
Co-Management of Small-Scale Fisheries through a Participative Approach (FY2021~2023)
[Grants for grass-roots projects]:
Project for Provision of Intellectually Handicapped Children Support Equipment in Chlef (FY2020~2021)
[Aid cooperating with international institutes]:
Health Assistance to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Algeria (UNHCR, FY2021)

(2) Financing by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC):

  • Approximately 972 billion Yen (cumulative as of March 2020) (Mainly towards hydrocarbon related projects at Sonatrach (Société Nationale pour la Recherche, la Production, le Transport, la Transformation et la Commercialisation des Hydrocarbures))

Cultural relationship

  • (1) Algerian students studying in Japan through the MEXT scholarship program
  • (2) Dispatch of Japanese artists and lecturers to Algeria
  • (3) Participation of Japanese musicians in the Algerian Symphonic Music Festival
  • (4) Presentation of traditional and pop culture through cultural events organized by the Japanese Embassy
  • (5) Assistance to institutions that offer Japanese language classes and organization of JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) in Algiers

VIP Visits

From Japan to Algeria:
Year Name
2000: Masahiko KOUMURA, Former Foreign Minister
Kiyohiro ARAKI, Senior State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2001: Nobutaka MACHIMURA, Education and Science Minister
2002: Kenshiro MATSUNAMI, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2004: Yoshiro MORI, Former Prime Minister
2005: Katsuyuki KAWAI, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2006: Yoshitaka SAKURADA, Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office
2007: Itsuyuki ONODERA, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2009: Seiko HASHIMOTO, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2010: Tadahiro MATSUSHITA, Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Seiji MAEHARA, Minister for Foreign Affairs
2012: Ryuji YAMANE, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2013: Minoru KIUCHI, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Shunichi SUZUKI, State-Minister for Foreign Affairs (Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)
2014: Nobuo KISHI, State-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2015: Kentaro SONOURA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2016: Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League (Kazunori TANAKA, Vice-President, member of the House of Representatives, Kenya AKIBA, Vice-Chief Secretary, member of the House of Representatives, Mitsunari OKAMOTO, member of the House of Representatives)
Yosuke TAKAGI, Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Motome TAKISAWA, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2017: Masahisa SATO, State Minister for Foreign Affairs
2018: Yoji MUTO, Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Taro KONO, Minister for Foreign Affairs
From Algeria to Japan:
Year Name
2000: Youcef YOUSFI, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, President
2001: Abdelkader MESSAHEL, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
2002: Ali TOUNSI, Director General of DGSN
Chakib KHELIL, Minister of Energy and Mines
2003: Abdelkader MESSAHEL, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
2004: Cherif RAHMANI, Minister of Land Planning and Environment
Mohamed MEZIANE, Chief Executive Officer of SONATRACH
Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, President
2005: Boudjemaa HAICHOUR, Minister of Postal and Information Technology
2007: Mohamed BEJAWI, Former Foreign Minister (September, November)
Amar GHOUL, Public Works Minister
2008: Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, President
2012: Karim DJOUDI, Minister of Finance
2013: Youcef YOUSFI, Minister of Energy and Mines
Abdelkader BENSALAH, President of the Council of the Nation of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Youcef YOUSFI, Minister of Energy and Mines
2016: Youcef YOUSFI, Minister, Advisor to the President
2018: Youcef YOUSFI, Minister of Industry and Mines
2019: Noureddine BEDOUI, Prime Minister
Sabri BOUKADOUM, Minister of Foreign Affairs
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