Japan-Sri Lanka Relations

Japan-Sri Lanka Relations (Basic Data)

July 6, 2017

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in April 1952

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Sri Lanka: 738 (2016)
  • Number of Sri Lankan nationals residing in Japan: 15,193 (Jun. 2016)

Trade with Japan (2016):

  • Exports to Sri Lanka: 76.0 billion yen (car, general and electrical machinery and equipment, fiber and fibrous product, plastic products)
  • Imports from Sri Lanka: 26.2 billion yen (tea, textile product, shrimp, fish)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 1,035.7 billion yen (cumulative total as of fiscal 2015)
  • Grants: 209.4 billion yen (cumulative total as of fiscal 2015)
  • Technical cooperation: 77.5 billion yen (cumulative total as of fiscal 2015)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Sri Lanka
Year Name
1993. 5 Former Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu
(Ambassador on Special Mission to the state funeral of President R. Premadasa)
1993. 11 President of Japan Sri Lanka Parliamentarians' League Keizo Obuchi
1996. 11 House of Representatives member Yasuo Fukuda
(Special Envoy to the state funeral of former President J.R. Jayawardene)
2000. 8 Special envoy of the Prime Minister Housei Norota
2000. 10 Special envoy Yasuo Fukuda
2002. 4 Special envoy of the Prime Minister Housei Norota
2002. 11 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2003. 1,2,5,9 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2004. 1,5,10 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2005. 2,5,12 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2003. 1 Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi
2003. 8 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Yano
2004. 12 Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Keshiro Fukushima
2005. 1 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa
2005. 6 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ichiro Aizawa
2005. 8 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Keshiro Fukushima
2006. 4 President of Japan-Sri Lanka Association Yasuo Fukuda
2006. 5,10 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2007. 6 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2008. 1 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2008. 8 President of Japan-Sri Lanka Association Housei Norota
2009. 1,5,6 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2009. 7 Special envoy of the Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
2009. 10 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Chinami Nishimura
2010. 6 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2011. 5 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Makiko Kikuta
2011. 11 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2012. 5 Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada
2012. 8 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2013. 5 Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Finance Taro Aso
2013. 7 Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Shindo Yoshitaka
2013. 8 Princess Tsuguko of Takamado
2013. 9 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi
2014. 1 Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi
2014. 5 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara
2014. 8 President of Japan Sri Lanka Parliamentarians' League Masahiko Koumura
2014. 9 Prime Minister Sinzo Abe
2015. 3 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi
2016. 5 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Hiroto Izumi
2016. 10 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Hiroto Izumi
2016. 12 Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Hiroyuki Miyazawa
From Sri Lanka to Japan
Year Name
1994. 2 Foreign Minister A.C.S. Hameed
1996. 5 President Kumaratunga
1998. 3 Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe
1998. 9 Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Rajapakse
2000. 6 Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Dharmasiri Senanayake
2000. 10 Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar
2002. 2 Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs G.L. Peiris
2002. 11 Minister of Foreign Affairs Tyronne Fernando
2002. 12 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
2003. 6 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Finance K.N. Choksy, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs G.L. Peiris, Minister of Ports Development Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Economic Reform Milinda Moragoda
2003. 11 Minister of Economic Reform Milinda Moragoda (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2004. 2 Minister of Economic Reform Milinda Moragoda
2004. 5 Minister of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Vijitha Herath
2004. 9 Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar
2005. 2 Minister of Finance and Planning Sarath Amunugama
2005. 9 Minister of Finance and Planning Sarath Amunugama
2006. 5 Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera
2007. 2 Advisor to the President Basil Rajapakse
2007. 3 Speaker of the Parliament W.J.M. Lokubandara
2007. 5 Minister of National Heritage Anura Bandaranaike
2007. 6 Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama
2007. 12 President Mahinda Rajapakse
2008. 8 Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe
2008. 9&11 Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Minister of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Mahinda Abeywardena
2008. 10 Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
2009. 5 Prime Minister of Export Development and International Trade G.L. Peiris
2009. 9 Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
2010. 7 Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris
Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapakse
2011. 2 Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe
2011. 6 Senior Minister of International Monetary Cooperation Sarath Amunugama
2012. 1 Minister of Public Management Reforms Navin Dissanayarake
2012. 3 Special envoy of the President Namal Rajapakse
2012. 3 Minister of Defense and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapakse
2012. 7 Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris
2013. 3 President Mahinda Rajapakse
2013. 9 Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa
2013. 10 Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy (Chairman of the Sri Lanka-Japan Parliamentarians' League)
2014. 6 Secretary to Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapakse
2015. 6 Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera
2015. 7 Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake
2015. 10 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake
2016. 4 Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake
2016. 5 President Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama
2016. 6 Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake
2016. 10 Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama
2017. 4 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama

Cultural Grant (Cumulative total fiscal 1975-2016)

  • 1.13 billion yen (Cultural Grant Aid including the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects)