Japan-Brunei Relations

Japan-Brunei Relations (Basic Data)

March 26, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in April 1984

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Brunei: 180 (Oct. 2016)
  • Number of Bruneian Nationals residing in Japan: 167 (Jun. 2016)

Trade with Japan (2016):

  • Exports: $ 1.7 billion (oil, natural gas)
  • Imports: $ 114.5 million (machineries and transport equipment, metal products)
    (Source: "Prime Minister’s Office, Brunei Darussalam")

Direct Investment from Japan (2016):

  • 2.9 billion yen
    (Source: "Bank of Japan")

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • Loans: None
  • Grants: None
  • Technical Cooperation: 3.9 billion yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to Brunei
Year Name
1991 Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu
1993 Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
1995 International Trade and Industry Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
Foreign Minister Yohei Kono (ASEAN.PMC)
1996 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Hitachi
1997 Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
2000 Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori (APEC)
Foreign Minister Yohei Kono (APEC)
International Trade and Industry Minister Takeo Hiranuma (APEC)
Finance Minister Kiichi Miyazawa (APEC)
2001 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (ASEAN+3 Summit)
Japan-Brunei Parliamentary Friendship Promotion League
2002 Delegation headed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Tamisuke Watanuki
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiken Sugiura
Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi (ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting)
Economy Trade and Industry Minister Takeo Hiranuma (ASEAN+3 Economic Ministers’ Meeting)
2003 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Yano
2004 Japan-Brunei Parliamentary Friendship Promotion League (Ceremony for the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Brunei)
His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince (Wedding Ceremony of Crown Prince HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah)
2005 Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura
2007 Senior Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Norihisa Tamura
Economy Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari (Japan-ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting)
Senior Vice-Minister for Finance Shigeyuki Tomita
Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Osamu Uno
2010 Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Yuji Fujimoto (ASEAN+3 Tourism Ministers' Meeting)
2011 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Makiko Kikuta
2012 Head of Japan-Brunei Parliamentary Friendship Promotion League Kozo Watanabe and the Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai
2013 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Courtesy Call on Crown Prince HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Japan-Brunei Foreign Ministers' Meeting)
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (ASEAN Related Foreign Ministers’ Meeting)
Economy Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Mogi (ASEAN+3 Economic Ministers' Meeting)
Minister of State for Special Missions Akira Amari (TPP Ministerial Meeting)
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera (ADMM-Plus)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (ASEAN Related Summit)
2014 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Taro Kimura
2015 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara
2016 Vice-Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Yoshiie
Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Akama
2017 Vice-Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare Takagi (ASEAN+3 Health Ministers Meeting)
Former Prime Minister Fukuda (ASCOJA Conference)
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Horii (ASCOJA Conference)
Vice-Minister for the Environment Ito (ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers Meeting)
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Sonoura
2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono
From Brunei to Japan
Year Name
1990 Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Minister of Finance Prince Jefri Bolkiah
1994 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Hussain
1995 Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Minister of Finance Prince Jefri Bolkiah
1996 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Hussain
1998 Minister of Education Abdul Aziz
1999 Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Abdul Rahman
2000 Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Abdul Rahman
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
2001 Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Abdul Rahman
2002 His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah
Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Abdul Rahman
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
Minister of Education Abdul Aziz
Minister of Health Abu Bakar
2003 Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
Special Adviser to the Sultan and Minister for Home Affairs Isa Bin Ibrahim
Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Abdul Rahman
2004 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
2005 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah (ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting)
Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Abdul Rahman
2006 Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Yahya
Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna
His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Qawi
2007 Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Yahya
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Signing of the Japan-Brunei EPA)
2008 Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Yahya
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
2009 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah
Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Yahya
Minister of Energy Yasmin
Minister of Development Suyoi
Minister of Communications Abdullah
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Lim Jock Seng
2011 Minister of Energy Yasmin
2012 Minister of Energy Yasmin
Deputy Defence Minister Mustapa
Minister of Finance II Abdul Rahman
Minister of Energy Yasmin
2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Prince Mohamed Bolkiah (Foreign Ministers’ Meeting)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Lim Jock Seng
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Summit Meeting)
Minister of Energy Yasmin
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Minister of Energy Yasmin, Minister of Finance II Abdul Rahman and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Lim Jock Seng (Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit)
2014 Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Adina Othman (World Assembly for Women in Tokyo:WAW!2015)
2015 Minister of Energy Yasmin (Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)
2016 Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Lim Jock Seng
Minister of Energy and Industry at Prime Minister’s Office Yasmin
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Erywan
2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Lim Jock Seng and Minister of Energy and Industry at Prime Minister’s Office Yasmin (ASEAN Economic Ministers Roadshow)
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Ali
Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance II Abdul Rahman (the 50th Annual Meeting of the ADB)
Chief Justice of the Brunei Supreme Court Kifrawi (the 17th Conference of Chief Justice of Asia and the Pacific)
Minister of Energy and Industry at Prime Minister’s Office Yasmin (LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2017)
Permanent Secretary (Trade) Lim Jock Hoi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade