Japan-Micronesia Relations

Japan-Micronesia Relations (Basic Data)

October 15, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in December 1988

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Federated States of Micronesia: 104 (as of Oct, 2017)

Trade with Japan:

  • Japan's Exports to Micronesia: 2,560 million yen (2015)
  • Japan's Imports from Micronesia: 540 million yen (2015)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

VIP Visits

From Japan to Federated States of Micronesia
Year Name
1991 Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Mr. Muneo Suzuki (Post-SPF Dialogue Meeting)
1998 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Keizo Takemi (Post-SPF Dialogue Meeting)
2001 Former Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshiro Mori
2004 Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. Katsutsugu Sekiya (the Asian-Pacific Parliamentarians' Union)
2006 Minister of State for Disaster Management, Mr. Tetsuo Kutsukake (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2008 Former Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshiro Mori (Ambassador on Special Mission, the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations)
2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Makiko Kikuta (Ambassador on Special Mission, Presidential Inauguration Ceremony)
2012 Former Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshiro Mori
2013 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shunichi Suzuki (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2014 Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Taku Eto
2015 Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Keiji Furuya (Ambassador on Special Mission, Joint National Inauguration)
Parliamentary Delegation of the House of Councillors to research Japan's ODA (Head: Mr. Kiyomi Akaishi)
2016 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kiyoshi Odawara (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2018 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura
From Federated States of Micronesia to Japan
Year Name
1989 President Hagurergam (The Funeral Ceremony of His late Majesty)
1990 President Hagurergam (Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne)
1992 President Olter (as government guest)
1997 Secretary of the Department of Finance, Mr. Etha and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Takeshi (ADB General Assembly)
President Nena and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ilon (Japan-SPF Summit Meeting)
Vice President Falcam (The 3rd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
1998 Vice President Falcam
Secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs, Mr. Pretrick
1999 President Nena (as government guest)
2000 President Falcam (the 2nd Japan-SPF Summit Meeting)
President Falcam
2001 President Falcam and Mrs. Falcam (Official Working Visit)
2003 Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure, Mr. Susaia (the 3rd Water Forum)
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Iehsi (the 3rd Japan-PIF Summit Meeting)
Speaker of the Congress, Mr. Christian (Asian‐Pacific Parliamentarians' Union General Assembly)
2005 President Urusemal (Working Visit)
Vice President Killion (World Exposition, Aichi)
2006 President Urusemaru, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Anefal and Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, Mr. Susaia (the 4th Japan-PIF Summit Meeting)
Speaker of the Congress, Mr. Christian and Chairperson of the Committee on External Affairs, Mr. Alik (the 20th Anniversary of the Federated States of Micronesia's Independence Day)
2007 President Mori and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (the 1st Asia-Pacific Water Summit)
2008 President Mori, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert and Secretary of the Department of Resources and Development, Mr. Christian (the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations)
2009 President Mori, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert and Secretary of the Department of Resources and Development, Mr. Christian (the 5th Japan-PIF Summit Meeting)
2010 Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (the PALM Ministerial Interim Meeting)
President Mori and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (the 24th Anniversary of the Federated States of Micronesia's Independence Day)
Secretary of the Department of Resource and Development, Mr. Henry (the 10th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity)
2012 President Mori and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert
2013 Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (the 2nd PALM Ministerial Interim Meeting)
President Mori (Working Visit)
2014 President Mori, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert
2015 President, Mr. Christian and Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
Speaker of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, Mr. Simina (the Nagasaki; Peace Memorial Ceremony)
2016 Speaker of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia, Mr. Simina (the Memorial Service to Commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake)
President, Mr. Christian, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert and Secretary of the Department of Resource and Development, Mr. Henry
2017 Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (Third Ministerial Interim Meeting of PALM)
2017 President, Mr. Christian and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (Working Visit)
2018 President, Mr. Christian
2018 President, Mr. Christian and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Robert (8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)

Overview

Japan and the Federated States of Micronesia have nurtured a cooperative and friendly relationship over the years. Japan is currently the second largest donor to the FSM after the United States, and there have been frequent visits by respective political leaders between the two countries. Ties at local and grass-root levels have also grown over the years.

For example, the country, endowed with rich natural beauty, is known as a prime diving spot, attracting visitors from all over the world, including Japanese diving fans.