Asia

Japan-Myanmar Relations (Basic Data)

May 8, 2019

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in November 1954

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Myanmar: 2,821 (Mar. 2019)
  • Number of Myanmar Nationals residing in Japan: 24,471 (Jun. 2018)

Trade with Japan (2017 Fiscal Year):

  • Exports: USD 956 million (clothing, fishery products, agricultural products)
  • Imports: USD 967 million (car, machinery)

Direct Investment from Japan (2017 Fiscal Year):

  • USD 384 million

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: JPY 117.04 billion (2017 Fiscal Year)
  • Grants: JPY 13.51 billion (2017 Fiscal Year)
  • Technical Cooperation: JPY 9.2 billion (2017 Fiscal Year)

High-level Officials’ Visits

From Japan to Myanmar (since 2000)
Year Name
Oct. 2002 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yoriko Kawaguchi
Jun. 2003 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Tetsuro Yano
May, 2008 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hitoshi Kimura
Dec, 2011 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Koichiro Gemba
Jan, 2013 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance Taro Aso
May, 2013 Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe
March, 2014 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida
August, 2014 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida
November, 2014 Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe
September, 2015 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Finance Taro Aso
May, 2016 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida
Aug, 2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nobuo Kishi
Sep, 2017 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iwao Horii
Nov, 2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Nakane
Jan, 2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono
Mar, 2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iwao Horii
Aug, 2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taro Kono
Jan, 2019 State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Toshiko Abe
From Myanmar to Japan (since 2000)
Year Name
Jun. 2000 Secretary 1 of the State Peace and Development Council, General Khin Nyunt
Dec. 2003 Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt
Dec. 2003 Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Win Aung
May, 2005 Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Nyan Win
Jan, 2008 Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Nyan Win
Nov, 2009 Prime Minister, U Thein Sein
Jan, 2010 Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Nyan Win
Oct, 2011 Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Wunna Maung Lwin
Apr, 2012 President, U Thein Sein
May, 2012 Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, U Khin Aung Myint
Jul, 2012 Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Wunna Maung Lwin
Nov, 2013 Speaker of the of the Pyithu Hluttaw, Thura U Shwe Mann
Dec, 2013 President, U Thein Sein
July, 2015 President, U Thein Sein
Jan, 2016 Minister for Foreign Affairs, U Wunna Maung Lwin
Nov, 2016 State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Nov, 2017 Speaker of the of the Pyithu Hluttaw, U Win Myint
Dec, 2017 President, U Htin Kyaw
Oct, 2018 State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Cultural Exchange

In 2012, the Government of Japan dispatched a cultural exchange mission, headed by Dr. Takashi Shiraishi, President of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and consisting of experts from various fields, to Myanmar in collaboration with The Japan Foundation.

The mission aims to discuss future policies for the expansion and enhancement of cultural exchanges and cultural cooperation between Japan and Myanmar with the government officials and other experts of Myanmar. It reported the results of the discussion to the Japanese government as a policy recommendation.

In 2014, to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, various kinds of commemorative events were held in both countries.