Japan-Tunisia Relations

March 27, 2024

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in June 1956
  • Japanese Embassy opened in Tunisia in 1969
  • Japan-Tunisia Joint Committee has taken place regularly since 1985. The 11th Joint Committee was held in Tunis in June 2023.

Bilateral Treaties and Agreements:

  • 1956 Visa Exemption Arrangement
  • 1960 Trading Arrangement
  • 1974 Exchange of Notes on an Agreement to Dispatch Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers to Tunisia
  • August 2022, Agreement on Technical Cooperation

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese residing in Tunisia: 183 (January 2024)
  • Number of Tunisian residing in Japan: 757 (June 2023)

Economic Relations:

  • Exports: to Japan 17.9 billion yen (2022) (tuna, textile and electrical product)
  • Imports: from Japan 13.0 billion yen (2022) (motorcar, metal, machinery and electrical product)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (Cumulative total as of March 2022 ) :

Official Development Assistance (ODA) :

  1. Japan provides support based on the Country Assistance Policy of Tunisia, amended in September 2019. Japan supports the efforts exerted by Tunisia to realize quality economic growth by using Japanese technologies and knowledge in mainly following domains;
    1. Development of economic infrastructure, human resource development, and enhancement of public security capacity
    2. Improvement of living environment to reduce disparity between urban and rural areas, local industrial development
  2. In March 1999, Japan and Tunisia signed the "Japan-Tunisia Triangular Technical Cooperation Program for The Promotion of South-South Cooperation in Africa".

RECENT MAJOR PROJECTS (Loan aid) :

Borj Cedria Science and Technology Park Development Project (2005), Photovoltaic Rural Electrification and Water Supply Project (2005), Jendouba Rural Water Supply Project (2006), Private Investment Credit Project (2007), National TV Broadcasting Center Project (2007), Water Saving Agriculture Project in Southern Oasis Area (2007), Integrated Reforestation Project (II) (2008), Greater Tunis Flood Control Project (2008), Project for Desalination of Groundwater in Southern Region (2010), Metropolitan Railway Electrification Project (II) (2010), Gabes-Medenine Trans-Maghrebin Corridor Construction Project (2012), Local Cities Water Supply Network Improvement Project (2012), Local Cities Water Environment Improvement Project (2013) Mejerda River Flood Control Project (2014), Rades Combined Cycle Power Plant Construction Project (2014), Construction of a sea water desalination station at SFAX (2017), Project for Support to Strengthen the Social Protection (2023).

Cultural Relations:

  1. Tunisian students are sent to Japan as Japanese scholars every year
  2. Film, TV programs, music and sports exchange
  3. Cultural grants available upon requests
  4. Learning exchange
  5. Interactive exchange between cultures
  6. Sister cities solidarity (Seto and Nabul)
  7. NGO interaction

Friendship League:

  • Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
  • Japan-Tunisia Friendship commission
  • Japan Tunisia Friendship Association
  • Tunisia Japan Friendship Association

VIP Visits

From Japan to Tunisia(from 2003)
Year Name
September 2003 Vice-President of House of Councillors, Shoji MOTOOKA
October 2003 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yoriko KAWAGUCHI
May 2004 Forme Prime Minister, Yoshiro MORI
April 2005 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Katsuyuki KAWAI
November 2005 Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication, Heizo TAKENAKA
January 2006 President of House of Representatives, Yohei KONO
August 2006 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shintaro ITO
March 2008 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Osamu UNO
July 2008 Senior Vice-Minister of Environment, Ikuzo SAKURAI
June 2009 President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sadako OGATA
December 2009 Vice President of House of Councillors, Akiko SANTO
July 2010 State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tadahiro MATSUSHITA
December 2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Seiji MAEHARA
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Akihiko OOHATA
October 2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki HAMADA
February 2012 Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ryuji YAMANE
March 2012 President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sadako OGATA
December 2012 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki HAMADA
August 2013 President of Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
Ichiro AISAWA
March 2014 Parliamentary Senior- Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nobuo KISHI
October 2014 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki NAKANE
February 2015 Parliamentary Vice- Minister for Foreign Affairs, Takashi UTO
March 2015 Parliamentary Vice- Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki NAKANE
September 2016 Vice-President of Japan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League Kazunori TANAKA
December 2016 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motome TAKISAWA
July 2017 Parliamentary Senior-Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro SONOURA
March 2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Manabu HORII
August 2018 State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Shinsuke OKUNO
August 2018 State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Yoji MUTO
December 2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro KONO
July 2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kenji YAMADA
October 2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shinichi NAKATANI
December 2020 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Toshimitsu MOTEGI
May 2022 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro HONDA
August 2022 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yoshimasa HAYASHI
June 2023 State Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Kenji YAMADA
From Tunisia to Japan(from 2003)
Year Name
May 2003 Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
September 2003 Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannouchii, Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
May and June 2004 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Habib Ben Yahia
July 2004 Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
June 2005 Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi
Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouiri
October 2005 Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Bechir Tekkari
January 2006 Minister of Health, Mohamed Ridha Kechrid
May 2006 Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
July 2006 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdelwaheb Abdallah
April 2007 Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
March 2008 Secretary of State under the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saida Chtioui
April 2008 President of the Chamber of Councillors, Abdallah Kallar
May 2008 Prime Minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi
Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
October 2008 Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Lahar Bououni
July 2009 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdelwaheb Abdallah
October 2009 Minister of Culture and Protection of national Heritage, Abderraouf El Basti
December 2009 Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Mohamed Nouri Jouini
October 2010 Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Bechir Tekkari
May 2011 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Mouldi Kefi
February 2012 Secretary of State under the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hedi Ben Abbes
June 2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafik Abdessalem
October 2012 Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Riadh Bettaieb
June 2013 President of the Republic of Tunisia, Mohamed Moncef Marzouki,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Othman Jarandi
September 2013 Minister of Tourism, Jamel Ghamra
October 2013 Minister of Equipment and Environment, Mohamed Salmane
November 2013 Secretary of State to the Minister of Development and International Co-operation, Noureddine Kaabi
December 2013 Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of Economic Affairs, Ridha Saidi
September 2014 President of the UTICA (Tunisia Union for Industry, Commerce and Handcrafts),
Ouided Bouchamaoui
October 2014 Minister of High Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technologies, Taoufik JELASSI
November 2014 Minister of Education, Fathi JARRAY
March 2015 Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Nejib Derouiche
October 2016 Minister of Energy, Mining and Renewable Energies, Héla Cheikhrouhou
November 2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui
February 2018 Senior Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic of Tunisia in charge of Security Affairs, Kamel Akrout
April 2018 Secretary of State for the minister of agriculture and water resources and fishing in charge of water resources and fishing, Abdallah Rabhi
October 2018 Secretary of State for the minister of foreign affairs in charge of economic diplomacy, Hatem Chahreddine Ferjani
February 2019 Secretary of State to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sabri Bachtobji
June 2019 Néji JALLOUL, Secretary General, the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies
August 2019 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui
June 2022 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Othman Jerandi
October 2023 Dr. Nizar Ben Neji, Minister for Communication Technologies
February 2024 State Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, Mounir BEN RJIBA
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