Japan-Maldives Relations

Japan-Maldives Relations (Basic Data)

September 16, 2016

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1967

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Maldives: 187 (October 2015)
  • Number of Maldivian nationals residing in Japan: 49 (December 2015)

Trade with Japan (2015):

  • Export to Japan:1.26 billion yen (fishes (tuna, etc.))
  • Import from Japan:2.14 billion yen (ship engine, car)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 2.733 billion yen (in 2006)
  • Grants: 28.074 billion yen (Up to FY2014)
  • Technical cooperation: 7.053 billion yen (Up to FY2014)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Maldives
Year Name
1980. 12 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuo Aichi
1981. 8 The chairperson for Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, Keiwa Okuda
1981. 12 President of Japan-Maldives Parliamentarians' League Keizo Obuchi
1985. 7 President of Japan-Maldives Parliamentarians' League Keizo Obuchi
1993. 11 President of Japan-Maldives Parliamentarians' League Keizo Obuchi (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
2005. 1 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa
2008. 6 President of Japan-Maldives Parliamentarians' League Hose Norota
2008. 11 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuhide Minorikawa
2011. 11 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jo Nakano
2013. 6 Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Yoshitaka Shindo
2014.7 President of Japan-Maldives Parliamentarians' League Masahiko Komura
2015.7 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane
2016.2 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masakazu Hamachi
From Maldives to Japan
Year Name
1980. 5 Rt. Hon. Jameel, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1980. 10 Rt. Hon. Jameel, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1984. 10 Rt. Hon. Gayoom, President
1988. 6 Rt. Hon. Iriyas Ibrahim, Minister of Trade and Industry
1989. 2 Rt. Hon. Gayoom, President
Rt. Hon. Jameel, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1989. 3 Rt. Hon. Kamaeden, Minister of Labor
1990. 11 Rt. Hon. Gayoom, President
1991. 9 Rt. Hon. Shafeey, Minister of Environment
1992. 5 Rt. Hon. Jameel, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1993. 11 Rt. Hon. Jameel, Minister of Interior
1994. 11 Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Hussain Zaki
1995. 9 Speaker of Citizen's Majilis Abdulla Hameed
1995. 11 Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Hussain Zaki
1996. 3 Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Hussain Zaki
1997. 11 Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Hussain Zaki
1998. 2 Minister of Foreign Affairs Fathulla Jameel
2000. 6 Minister of Foreign Affairs Fathulla Jameel
2001. 9 President, H.E. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
2004. 5 Rt. Hon. Zaheel, Minister of Building and Public Enterprise
2004. 8 Rt. Hon. Yameen, Minister of Trade and Industry
2005. 8 Rt. Hon. Shaugee, Minister of Tourism
2006. 7 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Shaheed
2006. 8 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Shaheed
2007. 8 Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid
2007. 9 Rt. Hon. Shaugee, Minister of Tourism and Private Aviation
2009. 1 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Shaheed
2010. 3 Rt. Hon. Zaki, Special Envoy of President
2012. 1 Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Naseem
2012. 10 Minister of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad (2012 Annual Meetings of IMF and WB Group)
2013. 7 Minister of Environment and Energy Mariyam Shakeela
(International Conference on Climate Change and Coral Reef Conservation)
2014. 4 President, H.E. Mr. Yameen Abdul Gayoom
2015. 8 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ms. Dunya Maumoon
2016. 4 Speaker of the People’s Majlis Hon. Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed