Asia

Japan-Philippines Relations (Basic Data)

March 30, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic relations:

  • "Treaty of Peace with Japan" and "Reparations Agreement Between Japan and the Republic of the Philippines" became effective in July 1956.

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in the Philippines: 16,977 (Oct. 2017)
  • Number of Philippine Nationals residing in Japan: 243,662 (Dec. 2017)

Trade with the Philippines (2017):

  • Exports: $10.5 billion
  • Imports: $10.2 billion

Direct Investment from Japan:

  • $4 million (2017)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 2716.1 billion yen (cumulative total-2015)
  • Grants: 261.0 billion yen (cumulative total-2012)
  • Technical Cooperation: 239.4 billion yen (cumulative total-2015)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Philippines
Year Name
2001 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Seishiro Eto
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiken Sugiura
2002 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
2003 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Yano
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masatoshi Abe
2004 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masatoshi Abe
2005 Chief of Defense Agency Yoshinori Ohno
Special Adviser to the Prime Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi
2006 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshihisa Shiozaki
Foreign Minister Taro Aso
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Foreign Minister Taro Aso
Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari
2007 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Foreign Minister Taro Aso
Minister of International Trade and Industry Akira Amari
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuhito Asano
2008 Minister of State for Special Missions Fumio Kishida
2010 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Osamu Fujimura
2012 Minister of Finance Jun Azumi
2013 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodara
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Minister of State for Special Missions Ichita Yamamoto
2014 Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Norio Mitsuya
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi
2015 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa
Parliamentary Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akihiro Ota
Parliamentary Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs Takashi Uto
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Motoo Hayashi
2016 Special Advisors to the Prime Minister Katsuyuki Kawai
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
Special Advisors to the Prime Minister Katsuyuki Kawai
2017 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Special Advisors to the Prime Minister Katsuyuki Kawai
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
Foreign Minister Taro Kono
State Ministers for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane
State Ministers for Foreign Affairs Masahisa Sato
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Foreign Minister Taro Kono
Special Advisors to the Prime Minister Kentaro Sonoura
Parliamentary Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii
2018 Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Seiko Noda
From Philippines to Japan
Year Name
2001 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Vice President, Foreign Secretary Teofisto Guingona
Secretary of Trade and Industry Manuel Roxas
Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon
2002 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Foreign Secretary Blas Ople
Secretary of Trade and Industry Manuel Roxas
Senate President Franklin Drilon
2003 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
2004 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Secretary of Trade and Industry Cesar Purisima
Energy Secretary Vicente Perez
2005 Secretary of Trade and Industry Juan Santos
Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano
2006 Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo
Finance Secretary Margarito Teves
Tourism Secretary Joseph Durano
Speaker of the House of Representatives Jose De Venecia Jr.
2007 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo
Finance Secretary Margarito Teves
Secretary of Trade and Industry Peter Favila
2008 Finance Secretary Margarito Teves
Secretary of Trade and Industry Peter Favila
Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo
Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Ralph Recto
2009 Secretary of Transportation and Communications Leandro Mendoza
Finance Secretary Margarito Teves
Secretary of Trade and Industry Peter Favila
Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Ralph Recto
Secretary of Labor and Employment Marianito Roque
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo
2010 President Benigno Aquino III
Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Secretary of Energy Jose Rene Almendras
2011 Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo
Secretary of Energy Jose Rene Almendras
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson
President Benigno Aquino III
Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin
Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Manuel Roxas II
2012 Secretary of Transportation and Communications Manuel Roxas II
Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo
Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario
Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin
Vice President Jejomar Binay
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad
Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Arsenio Balisacan
2013 Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio Abaya
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario
Secretary of Energy Carlos Jericho Petilla
President Benigno Aquino III
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
2014 Secretary of Labor and employment Rosalinda Baldoz
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario
Secretary of Science and Technology Mario Montejo
President Benigno Aquino III
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin
Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio Abad
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson
Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario
2015 Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin
Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
President Benigno Aquino III
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson
Secretary of Defense Voltaire Gazmin
Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio Abaya
Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Arsenio Balisacan
Special Assistant to the President of the Philippines Florencio Abado
Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Almendras
Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office Coroma
2016 Secretary of Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio Abaya
Secretary of Labor and employment Rosalinda Baldoz
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio Abaya
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima
Senate President Franklin Drilon
President Rodrigo Duterte
Speaker of the House of Representatives Diaz Alvarez
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea
Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez
Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana
Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Arthur Tugade
Senate Alan Peter Cayetano
National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon
Secretary,Special Assitant to the President Christopher Go
2017 Secretary of Transportation and Communications Arthur Tugade
Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez
Secretaty of Socio-economic Planning Ernesto Pernia
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Mark Villar
Senate President Aquilino Pimetel III
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez
Secretary of Socio-economic Planning Ernesto Pernia
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Mark Villar
Secretary of Energy Alfonso Cusi
Secretary of Budget and Management Benjamin Diokno
Senate Alan Peter Cayetano
Senate President Aquilino Pimetel III
Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez
Vice President Maria Robredo
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez
Secretary of Socio-economic Planning Ernesto Pernia
Secretary of Public Works and Highways Mark Villar
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Art Tugade
Secretary of Budget and Management Benjamin Diokno
Secretary of Energy Alfonso Cusi
Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office Jose Andanar
National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon
Bases Conversion and Development Authority Vivencio Dizon
President Rodrigo Duterte
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez
Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana
Secretary of Transportation and Communications Arthur Tugade
National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon
Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office Jose Andanar
Secretary of Socio-economic Planning Ernesto Pernia
Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco