Japan-Palau Relations

Japan-Palau Relations (Basic Data)

October 12, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic relations:

  • Established in December in 1994

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in the Republic of Palau: 371(as of Oct, 2017)

Trade with Japan:

  • Japan's Exports to Palau: 1,460 million yen (2015)
  • Japan's Imports from Palau: 1,910 million yen (2015)

Japan's economic cooperation:

VIP Visits (after 1990)

From Japan to Republic of Palau
Year Month Name
1994 10 Member of the Diet, Mr. Seishiro Etou (National Day's Ceremony)
1995 1 Member of the Diet, Mr. Hiroshi Mitsuzuka (The President of Japan-Palau Parliamentarian League)
1996 6 Ambassador of Japan to Australia, Mr. Kazutoshi Hasegawa (Political Dialogue)
1997 1 Member of the Diet, Mr. Yatarou Mitsubayashi (Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony)
1998 8 Ambassador of Japan to Australia, Mr. Kazutoshi Hasegawa (Political Dialogue)
1999 10 Member of the Diet, Mr. Hiroshi Mitsuzuka (The President of Japan-Palau Parliamentarian League)
Senior State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shozo Azuma (Post-SPF Dialogue)
2001 1 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Seishiro Etou (Presidential Inauguration Ceremony)
2002 1 Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, Mr. Taimei Yamaguchi (Inauguration for Japan-Palau Friendship Bridge)
2004 1 Former Prime Minister, Mr. Ryutarou Hashimoto (APFED Specialist Meeting)
2006 8 Minister of State for Disaster Management, Mr. Tetsuo Kutsukake (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2007 1 Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment, Mr. Tomokatsu Kitagawa (International Conference held by International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI))
8 Member of the Diet, Mr. Ryotarou Tanose
Member of the Diet, Mr. Junzo Yamamoto (APPU Meeting)
2009 1 Former Prime Minister, Mr. Yoshiro Mori (Presidential Inauguration Ceremony)
2013 1 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Shunichi Suzuki (Presidential Inauguration Ceremony)
9 Member of the Diet, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi (Former Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs) (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2014 1 Minister of the Environment, Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara
8 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Seiji Kihara (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister) (PIF Post Dialogue Meeting)
10 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2015 4 Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
12 Parliamentary Delegation of the House of Councillors to research Japan's ODA (Head: Mr. Kiyomi Akashi)
2017 1 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kiyoshi Odawara (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister) (Presidential Inauguration Ceremony)
7 Parliamentary Secretary for Environment, Ms. Natsumi Higa
2018 4 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura
From Republic of Palau to Japan
Year Month Name
1994 10 President, Mr. Nakamura
Minister of State, Mr. Ucherbelau
Speaker of the House of Delegates, Mr. Whipps
1996 4 President, Mr. Nakamura
President of the Senate, Mr. Sugiyama
Speaker of the House of Delegates, Mr. Whipps
1997 10 President, Mr. Nakamura (Japan-SPF Summit Meeting)
1998 3 President, Mr. Nakamura
9 President, Mr. Nakamura (Courtesy Call to Prime Minister, Mr. Obuchi and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Komura)
11 President, Mr. Nakamura (Visitation to Atomic Facilities)
1999 2 President, Mr. Nakamura (Opening Reception for the Embassy of the Republic of Palau in Japan)
6 President, Mr. Nakamura
12 President, Mr. Nakamura (SPF Chairman)
2000 3 President, Mr. Nakamura
4 President, Mr. Nakamura (2nd Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
6 President, Mr. Nakamura (Funeral of Former Prime Minister, Mr. Obuchi)
11 President, Mr. Nakamura (Official Working Visit)
2003 3 President, Mr. Remengesau (3rd World Water Forum)
5 President, Mr. Remengesau (3rd Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2005 3 Vice President, Mr. Chin (International Thanksgiving Get-together for the Recovery of Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake)
7 President, Mr. Remengesau (Official Visit to World Expo)
Minister of State, Mr. Shmull
Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Merep
Minister of Administration and Finance, Mr. Sadang
2006 3 Former President, Mr. Nakamura
5 President, Mr. Remengesau (4th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
Minister of State, Mr. Shmull
Member of the Senate, Mr. Seid
Member of the House of Delegates, Mr. Gulibert
8 President, Mr. Remengesau (Funeral for Former Prime Minister, Mr. Hashimoto)
2007 8 Minister of Resource and Development, Mr. Koshiba (ODA Project Bidding)
Minister of State, Mr. Shmull and Mrs. Shmull (Funeral for Former Prime Minister, Mr. Miyazawa)
12 President, Mr. Remengesau (1st Asia-Pacific Water Forum)
2008 3 Former President, Mr. Nakamura
12 President, Mr. Remengesau
2009 4 President, Mr. Toribiong
5 President, Mr. Toribiong (5th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
Senate President, Mr. Tmetuchl
Member of the Senate, Mr. Diaz
6 Former President, Mr. Remengesau
2010 10 Minister of State, Mr. Yano (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2012 5 President, Mr. Toribiong (6th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2013 2 President, Mr. Remengesau (Unofficial Visit)
10 Minister of State, Mr. Kuartei (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting Ministerial Interim Meeting)
11 President, Mr. Remengesau (Unofficial Visit)
2014 11 President, Mr. Remengesau (Unofficial Visit)
12 President, Mr. Remengesau and Minister of State, Mr. Kuartei (Working Visit)
2015 3 Minister of State, Mr. Kuartei (PALM7 Senior Officials Meeting (Co-Chair))
5 President, Mr. Remengesau and Minister of State, Mr. Kuartei (7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
12 Minister of Public Infrastructure, Industry and Commerce, Mr. Obichang
2016 7 President, Mr. Remengesau (International Symposium)
12 President, Mr. Remengesau (Unofficial Visit)
2017 1 Special Envoy, Mr. Casmir E. Remengesau (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting Ministerial Interim Meeting)
9 Special Envoy, Mr. Casmir E. Remengesau (Invitation of the Nippon Foundation)
11 Vice President, Hon. Raynold B. Oilouch (MOFA Invitation Program)
2018 3 Hon. Minister of State, Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg (PALM Senior Officials' Meeting)
Minister of Public Infrastructure, Industry and Commerce, H.E. Mr. Charles Obichang
5 President, Mr. Remengesau and Minister of State, Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg (8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)

Overview

Japan and the Republic of Palau have nurtured a cooperative and friendly relationship over the years. Japan is currently the second largest donor to Palau 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: the Republic of Palau has now sister city arrangements with Hyogo and Mie prefecture of Japan. The country, endowed with rich natural beauty, attracts visitors from all over the world, including numerous Japanese tourists.