Japan-Fiji Relations

Japan-Fiji Relations (Basic Data)

October 12, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in October 1970

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in the Republic Fiji: 492 (Oct, 2017)

Trade with Japan:

  • Japan's Imports from Fiji: 4,100 million yen (2016)
  • Japan's Exports to Fiji: 12,400 million yen (2016)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Grants: 615 million yen in 2016
  • Cumulative total as of 2016: 20,537 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 672 million yen in 2016
  • Cumulative total as of 2016: 29,224 million yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to Republic of Fiji
Year Name
1985 Prime Minister, Mr. Yasuhiro Nakasone
1985 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shintaro Abe
1987 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tadashi Kuranari
2001 Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Toshio Kojima and Former Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshiro Mori
2002 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shigeo Uetake
2003 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess of Akishino
2006 Minister of Environment, Ms. Yuriko Koike
2006 Representative of Government of Japan, Mr. Tatsuo Arima (Post-PIF Dialogue)
2008 ODA Commission of House of Councilors (Chairman: Member of House of Councilors, Mr. Kensei Mizote)
2010 Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Chinami Nishimura
2012 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joe Nakano
2013 Minister of Environment, Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masakazu Hamachi (Japan-Fiji Trade and Investment Seminar)
2017 LDP Secretary-General, Mr. Toshihiro Nikai
2018 Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Iwao Horii
From Republic of Fiji to Japan
Year Name
1980,85,88,90 Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
1989,90 President, Ratu Sir Penaia Kanatabatu Ganilau
1991 Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara
1994 Prime Minister, Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka
1995, 1996 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Filipe Bole
1997 Prime Minister, Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Filipe Bole (1st Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2000 Prime Minister, Mr. Mahendra Chaudhry (2nd Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2001 Commander, Commodore Josaia Voreque Bainimarama (Pan-Pacific Rugby Championship)
2002 Prime Minister, Mr. Laisenia Qarase
2002 Prime Minister, Mr. Laisenia Qarase (Official guest of Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
2003 Prime Minister, Mr. Laisenia Qarase
2004 Commander, Josaia Voreque Bainimarama
2005 Prime Minister, Mr. Laiseinia Qarase (World Expo)
2005 Former Prime Minister, Chief of Fiji Labour Party, Mr. Mahendra Chanudhry
2007 Minister for Finance, Mr. Mahendra Chaudhry
2010 Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (PALM Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2011 President, Ratu Epeli Naiatikau
2013 Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (PALM 2nd Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2015 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (The 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)
Prime Minister, Hon. Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama (7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Jiko Fatafehi Luveni (MOFA Invitation Program)
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Jone Usamate (Technical cooperation "The Project for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases")
2016 Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Batikoto Seruiratu
2017 Hon. Jone USAMATE, Minister for Employment Opportunities, Productivity and Industrial Relations (PALM 3rd Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2017 Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management , Hon. Inia Batikoto Seruiratu
2017 Minister for Justice,Finance, Public Enterprises and Public Service, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum
2017 Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Jiko Fatafehi LUVENI
2018 Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Land, and Material Resources, Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya
2018 Prime Minister, Hon. Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama (8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)

Cultural Exchange, etc.

Japan and the Republic of Fiji have been enjoying friendly and cooperative relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1970. Such relations have been developed through exchange of visits, Japan's economic cooperation, etc.

The Republic of Fiji is the second largest country among the Pacific island countries, next to Papua New Guinea. It has a well established Government and it is geographically placed at the centre of the South Pacific region. Many international/regional organizations and diplomatic corps, including the Japanese Embassy which is also accredited to several neighboring countries, are based in Fiji. Japan has been extending its economic cooperation to Fiji, and ministerial visits are frequent between the two countries.

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2014)

504.7 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)