Japan-Ethiopia Relations

Japan-Ethiopia Relations (Basic Data)

November 14, 2019

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 1930 Japan and Ethiopia signed Treaty of Amity and Commerce.
  • 1933 Ethiopia established an honorary consulate-general in Osaka.
  • 1936 Japan established a legation in Ethiopia.
  • 1955 Japan restored diplomatic relations with Ethiopia.
  • 1958 Both Japan and Ethiopia established embassies in each capital.

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Ethiopia: 200 (as of December 2018)

Trade with Japan (2018):

  • Exports to Japan: 5.16 billion yen
  • Imports from Japan: 11.68 billion yen

Japan's Economic Cooperation (2016):

VIP Visits

From Japan to Ethiopia:
Year Name
1984 Minister for Foreign Affairs Shintaro Abe
1985 Multi-party Delegation of the members of the House of Representatives
1998 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Keizo Takemi
2002 Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi
2003 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Yano
2004 Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai
2006 Senior Vice-Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
2008 Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuhide Minorikawa
2009 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasutoshi Nishimura
2010 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Tetsuo Fukuyama
2011 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Takeaki Matsumoto
2012.1 State Minister for for Foreign Affairs Ryuji Yamane
2012.7 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ryuji Yamane
2013.1 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Masaji Matsuyama
2013.3 Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida
2013.4 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe
2014.1 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2014.1-2 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Norio Mitsuya
2014.8 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirotaka Ishihara
2015.1 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takashi Uto
2015.7 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi
2015.9 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane
2015.12 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hitoshi Kikawada
2016.1 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara
2016.5 Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Tsuyoshi Hoshino
2016.8 Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
2017.5 Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hiroyuki Miyazawa
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shunsuke Takei
2017.8 Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono
2017.11 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahisa Sato
2018.8 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Kentaro Sonoura
2019.5 Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono
From Ethiopia to Japan:
Year Name
1992 Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin
1993 Minister of Planning and Economic Development Mohammed Duri
1996 Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (official visit)
1998 Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (TICAD II)
1999 Speaker of House of Federation Almaz Meko
2001 State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mulu Ketsela
2003 Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (TICAD III)
2006 Minister of Trade and Industry Girma Biru
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Takeda Alemu
2008 State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mekonen Manyazewal
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (TICAD IV and G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit)
2009 State Minister of Trade and Industry Tadesse Haile
Minister of Science and Technology Junedin Sado
Speaker of House of Federation Degefe Bula
2011 State Minister of Trade Yacob Yalla
State Minister of Health Kesetebirhan Admasu
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hailemariam Desalegn
State Minister of Finance and Economic Development Ahmed Shide
2012.4 Minister of Health Tedros Adhanom
2013.5-6 Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom (TICAD V)
2013.10 Minister of Environment and Forestry Belete Tafere (The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the “Minamata Convention on Mercury”)
2013.11 State Minister of Urban Development,Housing and Construction Hailemeskel Tefera
2014.5 Minister of Agriculture Tefera Derbew, Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Agency Fitsum Arega
2014.10 Speaker of the House of Peoples Representatives Abadula Gemeda (Official guest of the House of Representatives)
2015.4 State Minister of Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos
2015.11-12 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communications and Information Technology Debretsion Gebremichael
2015.12 Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom (Universal Health Coverage Forum)
2016.4 Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives Abadula Gemeda and members of the House of Peoples' Representatives (GCPPD2016)
2017.4 Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom (Election for WHO Director-General)
Minister of Industry Ahmed Abetew (JETRO Seminar and Embassy)
2017.5 Ministry of Public Service and Human Resource Development Tagese Chafo (JICA Program)
2017.6 Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, Minister of Science and Technology Getahun Mekuria
2018.2 State Minister of Foreign Affairs Aklilu Hailemichael
2018.8 Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Seyoum Mesfin
2018.10 State Minister of Foreign Affairs Afework Kassu Gizaw (TICAD Ministerial Meeting)
2018.11 Head of Economic Planning, Monitoring and Supporting Sector of the Office of the Prime Minister Arkebe Oqubay Metiku (To receive The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star)
2019.3 State Minister of Science and Higher Education Afework Kassu Gizaw (Invitation by Tokushima university)
2019.5 Minister of Trade and Industry Fetlework Gebre-Egziabher (Invitation by UNIDO)
2019.8 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew, Minister of Water Irrigation and Energy Sileshi Bekele, Minister of Innovation and Technology Getahun Mekuria etc. (TICAD7)
2019.10 Former President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu (Ceremony of Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor)

Cultural Exchanges

In 1956, Emperor Haile Selassie visited Japan in 1956. In exchange, the then Crown Prince and Princess visited Ethiopia in 1960. Emperor Haile Selassie also visited Japan in 1970 when Japan World Exposition, Osaka was held in 1970.

Emperor Haile Selassie built a Japanese garden in the current President’s Palace after his visit to Japan in 1956. The garden was visited by the Crown Prince and Princess upon their visit in 1960. It was also visited by the then Prime Minister Koizumi in 2006 and Prime Minister Abe in 2014.

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2008)

  • 213 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)

Recent Trends

Japan and Ethiopia have a long and friendly relations dating back to 1930s. Such good relations have been strengthened by high level visits by Prime Minister H.E. Hailemariam to Japan in 2013, Prime Minister H.E. Mr.Shinzo Abe in 2014, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen in 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono in 2017 and 2019, Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Abiy in August 2019, and Former President H.E. Dr. Mulatu in October 2019.