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October 2012

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:
Established in September 29, 1972
Number of Chinese residing in Japan :
519,561 (December 2006 Ministry of Justice Statistics)
Japanese Nationals (long-term residents):
114,899 persons (as of 2005; includes Hong Kong)
Trade with Japan (2006):
Exports: $118.4 billion
Imports: $92.9 billion
Direct Investment from Japan (realized value):
$58.2 billion (Cumulative Total until 2006)
Japan's Economic Cooperation:
Overview of Japan's ODA to China (June 2005)
List of Exchange of Notes
Economic Cooperation Program for China (October 2001)

(a) Loans: 3,133.1 billion yen (Cumulative Total until FY 2004)
(b) Grants: 145.7 billion yen (Cumulative Total until FY 2004)
(c) Technical Cooperation: 144.6 billion yen (Cumulative Total until FY 2003)

VIP Visits

From Japan to the People's Republic of China
Year Name
1994 Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa
1995 Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama
1997 Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto
1999 Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi
2001 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
2002 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
2002 Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi
2003 Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi
2004 Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi
2005 Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura
2006 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
From the People's Republic of China to Japan
Year Name
1994 Vice President Rong Yiren
1995 Qiao Shi, Chairman of National People's Congress
1997 Premier Li Peng
1998 Vice President Hu Jintao
President Jiang Zemin
1999 Li Ruihuan, Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultive Conference
2000 Premier Zhu Rongji
2001 Tung Chee Hwa, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
2003 Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the National People's Congress
2007 Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council

Japan's Basic Policy Toward the People's Republic of China

In order to ensure the stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region, it is important to encourage China to become an even more constructive partner in the international community. In particular, the following points are stressed:
(a) Support for China's open and reform policy (implementation of economic cooperation, support for China's early accession to the WTO, etc.)
(b) Promotion of bilateral and multilateral dialogue and cooperative relations (high-level exchanges, Japan-China security dialogue, ASEAN Regional Forum, APEC, etc.)

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Cultural Exchanges

Japan and China signed the Japan-China Cultural Exchange Agreement in 1979, and the two countries have been conducting various cultural exchanges, both at governmental and private levels.
In 1999, in order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-China Cultural Exchange Agreement and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, various cultural activities took place in both countries throughout the year, including serial performance of the musical "The Beauty and the Beast" in Beijing assisted by the Shiki Theatrical Company, performances by the Takarazuka Revue Company in Beijing and Shanghai, and "Chinese Film Week 1999" in Tokyo, organized by the Japan Foundation.

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2004)

1,977.1 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)
280.0 million yen (Grant Aid for Cultural Heritage)
40.5 million yen (Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects)


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