Pacific

Japan-Tonga Relations (Basic Data)

October 10, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in July 1970

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese residing in Tonga: 69 (2017)

Trade with Japan (2016):

  • Japan's Exports to Tonga: 560 million yen (machinery)
  • Japan's Imports from Tonga: 310 million yen (pumpkin, tuna)

Direct Investment from Japan:

  • none

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • Grants: 1,594 million yen (FY2016)
  • Cumulative total as of 2016: 23,313 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 352 million yen (FY2016)
  • Cumulative total as of 2016: 11,218 million yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to Tonga
Year Name
1990 Takashi Hasegawa (House of Representatives)
Bunbei Hara (House of Councillors),
Megumu Sato (House of Representatives)
(Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Union (APPU) member's visit)
2001 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Toshio Kojima
2003 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino
2005 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Keishiro Fukushima
2006 His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince
2008 His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince
2012 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Hitachi
2014 Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Norio Mitsuya
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kazuyuki Nakane
2015 Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess
2017 LDP Secretary-General, Mr. Toshihiro Nikai
2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Iwao Horii
From Tonga to Japan
Year Name
1982,1985,
1986,1989,
1992,1994,
1995
His Majesty King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV
1994,1997,
1998
Prime Minister Baron Vaea of Houma
1983,1984,
1985,1988,
1990,1992,
1994,1995
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence)
2000 HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka-Ata, appointed prime minister (Current His Majesty King Tupou VI)
His Majesty King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and Her Majesty Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education and Civil Aviation, Dr. Langi Kavaliku
Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industries, Dr. Masaso Paunga
2001 Hon. Veikune, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga
Minister of Labour, Commerce and Industries, Dr. Masaso Paunga
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a
Her Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu Tuita
2002 Her Royal Highness Princess Nanasipauu Tukuaho
2003 His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a , Minister of Lands, Survey, Natural Resources and Environment, Hon. Fielakepa
HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka-Ata, appointed prime minister (Current His Majesty King Tupou VI)
2004 HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka-Ata, appointed prime minister (Current His Majesty King Tupou VI)
Minister of Health, Mr. Viliami Tàu Tangi
2006 His Royal Highness Crown Prince Tupouto'a (Current His Majesty King George Tupou V)
Prime Minister, Hon. Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele
2007 Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Hon. Viliami Tau Tangi
His Majesty King George Tupou V
2008 Prime Minister, Hon. Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele
Minister of Transport, Hon. Paul Karalus
2009 Prime Minister, Hon. Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele
Ministry of Transport, Hon. Paul Karalus
2010 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Hon. Viliami Tau Tangi
Minister for Works, Acting Minister for Transport, Lord. Nuku
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Hon. Viliami Tau Tangi
2011 His Majesty King George Tupou V
2012 Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano (6th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
His Royal Highness Tupouto'a Ulukalala
2013 Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano (PALM 2nd Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2015 Hon. Siaosi 'Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Enviroment, Energy, Information andCommunications (The 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)
Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva (7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
Minister for Revenue and Customs, Hon Etuate Lavulavu (Pacific Island Countries Tourism Ministers Meeting)
Hon. Siaosi 'Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Enviroment, Energy, Information and Communications (WTIS2015)
2016 Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano (GCPPD2016)
2018 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu SIKA (8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2004)

133.2 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)

Overview

Over the years, Japan and Tonga have nurtured an excellent bi-lateral relationship. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1970. The Imperial family of Japan and the Royal family of Tonga have developed a cordial and personal relationship over the years.

Japan is a major donor to Tonga and an important export market for Tongan products. Primary products including Tuna, Pumpkin and Taro accounts for more than 70% of Total Tongan export to Japan in roll.

One of the most prominent aspects of the friendly relationship between the peoples of the two nations is sports, especially in Rugby and Sumo wrestling (Japanese style wrestling). In fact, popular Tongan Rugby players play for Japanese university or company teams, several of whom being members of the Japanese national rugby team!