Japan-Samoa Relations

Japan-Samoa Relations (Basic Data)

October 9, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1973

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese residing in Samoa: 86 (Oct. 2017)

Trade with Japan (2017):

  • Japan's Exports to Samoa: 1,460 million yen
  • Japan's Imports from Samoa: 60.0 million yen

Direct Investment from Japan:

  • At the end of 2006 there were 15 direct investment cases in Samoa totaling 8 billion yen.

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • Grants: 1,620 million yen (FY2016)
  • Cumulative total as of 2016: 32,636 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 553 million yen (FY2016)
  • Cumulative total as of 2016: 14,445 million yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to Samoa
Year Name
1996 State Secretary for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tadamasa Kodaira
1996 Ambassador of Japan to Australia, Mr. Hasegawa
1998 Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Mr. Horimoto
2003 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino
2004 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masatoshi Abe
2007 Ambassador on Special Mission (Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs), Mr. Masayoshi Hamada
2010 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Chinami Nishimura
2012 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jo Nakano
2013 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Minoru Kiuchi
2014 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Takao Makino
2016 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masakazu Hamachi
2017 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Iwao Horii
2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Iwao Horii
From Samoa to Japan
Year Name
1988 Malietoa Tanumafili II (The Chief Magistrate)
1990 Prime Minister, Hon. Tofilau Eti Alesana
Malietoa Tanumafili II (The Chief Magistrate)
1992 Prime Minister, Hon. Tofilau Eti Alesana
1993 Prime Minister, Hon. Tofilau Eti Alesana
1994 Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
1997 Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
1999 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2000 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2003 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2005 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2005 Minister of Tourism, Hon. Hans Joachim Keil
2006 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2007 Minister of Works, Transport, and Infrastructure, Hon. Tulsugaletaua Sofara Aveau
2009 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2010 Minister of Works, Transport, and Infrastructure, Hon. Tulsugaletaua Sofara Aveau
2010 Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Hon. Faumuina Tia Tia Liuga
2011 Minister of Communication & Information Technology, Hon. Tuisugaletaua Sotora Aveau
2012 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2014 Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Hon. Fa'amoetauloa Ulaitino Fa'ale Tuma'ali'i
2015 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2016 Former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo
2017 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
2018 Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa .Lupasoliai Sailele Malielegaoi

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2014)

183.6 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)