Japan-Benin Relations

Japan-Benin Relations (Basic Data)

March 8, 2016

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 1 August, 1960 (Date of the recognition of the State)

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in the Republic of Benin: 91 (as of Feb 2016)

Trade with Japan (2014):

  • Exports: 330 million yen (oil, cotton, etc)
  • Imports: 1,680 million yen (motorcycles, automobiles, etc)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 3,762 million yen
  • Grants: 37,342 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 6,952 million yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to the Republic of Benin:
Month Year Name
July. 2007 Takeshi IWAYA, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Aug. 2010 Masaaki ITOKAWA, Member of the House of Representatives
July. 2012 Toshiyuki KATO, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Jan. 2014 Japan-African Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League headed by Shinsuke OKUNO, Senior Vice Minister of Justice
Feb. 2014 Yosuke TSURUHO, Member of the House of Councillors
Aug. 2015 Minoru KIUCHI, State Minister for Foreign Affairs
From the Republic of Benin to Japan:
Month Year Name
Oct. 1993 H.E. Mr. Nicephore SOGLO (TICAD I), President
Feb. 1994 H.E. Mr. Nicephore SOGLO, President
Feb. 1997 H.E. Mr. Léonard Djidjoho PADONOU (Ministre de l'Education Nationale et de la Recherche Scientifique)
Oct. 1998 H.E. Mr. Mathieu KEREKOU, President (TICAD II)
Dec. 2001 H.E.Mr. Kolawole Antoine IDJI, Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, et de l'integration africaine de République du Bénin)
Feb. 2002 H.E. Mr. Kolawole Antoine IDJI, Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, et de l'integration africaine de République du Bénin)
Jan. 2003 H.E. Mr. Rogatien BIAOU, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
(Ministre Adjoint des Affaires Etrangères, et de l'integration africaine de République du Béni)
Mar. 2003 H.E. Mr. Luc Marie Constant GNACADJA, Ministre de l'Environnment, de l'Habitat et de l'Urbanisme du Bénin
Sep. 2003 H.E. Mr. Mathieu KEREKOU, President (TICAD III)
Sep. 2005 H.E. Mr. Rogatien BIAOU, Minister for Foreign Affairs
(Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, et de l'integration africaine de République du Bénin)
June. 2006 H.E. Ms.Mariam ALADJI BONI, épouse DIALLO, Minister for Foreign Affairs
(Ministre des Affaires Etrangères de la République du Bénin)
July. 2006 H.E. Dr. Boni YAYI, President
May. 2008 H.E. Dr. Boni YAYI, President (TICAD IV)
Oct. 2010 H.E. Mr. Jean-Marie EHOUZOU, Minister for Foreign Affairs
(Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, de l'Intégration Africaine, de la Francophonie et des Béninois de l'Extérieur)
Jan. 2013 H.E. Mr. Max Barthélémy AHOUEKE, Ministre de la Communication et des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication
Feb. 2013 H.E. Dr. Boni YAYI, President
Jun. 2013 H.E. Dr. Boni YAYI, President
Oct. 2013 H.E. Mr. Raphaël EDOU, Ministre de l'Environnement Chargé de la Gestion des Changements Climatiques, du Reboisement et de la Protection des Ressources Naturelles et Forestières
Oct. 2015 H.E. Mr. Lionel ZINSOU, Prime Minister in charge of Economic Development, Public Political Evaluation and Promotion of Good Governance