Japan-Pakistan Relations

October 3, 2023

Basic Data

Diplomatic relations:

  • Established in April 1952

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Pakistan: 993 (2022)
  • Number of Pakistani Nationals residing in Japan: 21,293 (2022)

Number of Japanese-affiliated companies in Pakistan:

  • 78 (2022)

Trade with Japan:

  • Exports: $ 223 million (cotton products, textile goods, chemical products) (2022)
  • Imports: $ 1.69 billion (automobile, machinery, steel) (2022)

Direct Investment from Japan:

  • $ 182 million (July 2022/June 2023)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 817.47 billion yen (up to 2021)
  • Grants: 299.41 billion yen (up to 2021)
  • Technical Cooperation: 65.43 billion yen (up to 2021)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Pakistan (after 1990)
Year Name
1990 Prime Minister KAIFU Toshiki
1992 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino
1995 Minister for International Trade and Industry, HASHIMOTO Ryutaro
1997 Minister for Foreign Affairs, IKEDA Yukihiko
1999 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, YAMAMOTO Ichita
2000 Prime Minister MORI Yoshiro
2001 Minister for Foreign Affairs, TANAKA Makiko
2001 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, SUGIURA Seiken
2002 Prime Minister's special Representative, OGATA Sadako
2002 Prime Minister's Personal Envoy, HORIUCHI Mitsuo
2004 Minister for Foreign Affairs, KAWAGUCHI Yoriko
2005 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, NAKAGAWA Shoichi
2005 Minister for Foreign Affairs, MACHIMURA Nobutaka
2005 Prime Minister KOIZUMI Junichiro
2006 Minister for Foreign Affairs, ASO Taro
2007 Minister for Defense, KOIKE Yuriko
2008 Minister for Foreign Affairs, KOMURA Masahiko
2009 Minister for Foreign Affairs, OKADA Katsuya
2010 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, KIKUTA Makiko
2013 Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, KIMURA Taro
2013 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, KIUCHI Minoru
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, NAKANE Kazuyuki
2017 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, KISHI Nobuo
2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs, KONO Taro
2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, HORII Iwao
2018 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, NAKANE Kazuyuki
2018 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, SONOURA Kentaro
2022 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, HONDA Taro
From Pakistan to Japan (after 1990)
Year Name
1990 President, Ghulam lshag Khan
1992 Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif
1993 Minister for Finance, Syed Babar Ali
1995 Chairman Senate, Wasim Sajjad
1996 Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto
1997 Minister for Population Welfare, Science and Technology, Abida Hussain
Minister for Education, Ghous Ali Shah
1998 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gohar Ayub Khan
1998 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz
1998 Minister for culture, Labor and Manpower, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad
2001 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdul Sattar
2001 Special Envoy of the President, Shaukat Aziz
2002 President, General Pervez Musharraf
Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Shaukat Aziz
Minister for Interior, Moinaddin Haidar
2003 Minister for Commerce, Humayun Akhtar Khan
Minister for Water and Power, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao
2005 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri
Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz
2009 President, Asif Ali Zardari
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi
Minister for Information and Mass-Media Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira
Minister for Planning and Development, Makhdoom Shahabuddin
Advisor to President for Interior,
Rehman Malik Advisor to President for Finance, Shankat Tarin
2009 Minister for Science and Technology, Muhammed Azam Khan Swati
2011 President, Asif Ali Zardari
2012 Minister for Commerce, Amin Fahim
2012 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar
2012 Minister for Finance, Hafeez Sheikh
2013 Minister for Planning, Development & Reform, Ahsan Iqbal
2015 Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Ishaq Dar
2015 Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Syed Tariq Fatemi
2016 Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
2016 Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security, Nasser Khan Janjua
2017 Speaker of the National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq
2018 Advisor to the Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood
2019 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi
2019 Minister for Energy and Petroleum, Omar Ayub Khan
2019 President, Arif Alvi
2020 Minister for Economic Affairs, Muhammad Hammad Azhar
2022 Minister for Power, Khurram Dastgir Khan
2023 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Cultural Exchanges

1996 Demonstration of Flower Arrangement
1997 Music Concert
1997 Table Tennis Coaching Session
1997 Karate Coaching Session
1998 Kite & Tops Workshop
1998 Traditional Music Concert
1999 Judo Coaching Session
2000 Japanese pottery exhibition, Aikido Demonstration
2001 Japanese Jazz Ensemble, Haiku Mushaira
2002 Lecture and exhibition of paintings by Mr. Ikuo Hirayama, Japanese traditional Taiko Drum concert
2003 Japanese Doll's exhibition, Ikebana workshop/Demonstration
2004 Calendar exhibition, Japan Children Art competition & Speech contest
2005 Japanese Architecture Exhibition, Japanese language speech contest
2006 Film festival, Japan week(Koto& Shamisen concert, Shodo demonstration, Ikebana demonstration, Asian Art exhibition)
2007 Ikebana demonstration, Calendar exhibition
2008 Japan children art & speech contest, Japanese Handicrafts exhibition
2009 Photo exhibition about World Heritage in Japan, Film festival
2010 Judo demonstration, calendar exhibition
2011 Japanese musical performance, Ikebana demonstration
2012 Film festival "Sougen no Isu", "The spirit of Budo" exhibition
2013 Haiku-Mushaira, Japanese photo exhibition
2014 Bonseki demonstration, Tea ceremony, Ukiyo-e exhibition
2015 Koto & Shamisen concert, Bon festival
2016 Japanese Musical Concert, Karate Education Workshop
2017 Koto & Shamisen concert, Gagaku concert, Japanese & Pakistani Music concert, Japanese Dance & Music performance, Piano concert
2018 Ikebana & Japanese Embroidery exhibition, Kendo demonstration, Japanese Cultural festival, Koto & Shamisen concert
2019 Karate workshop, Japanese Photo exhibition, Japanese Music festival, Japanese Film festival, Japanese Cultural festival
2020 Virtual Japan Fest
2021 Japan Fest

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2021)

779 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)

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