Japan-Tuvalu Relations

July 16, 2020

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1979

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Tuvalu: 2 (2018/2019)

Trade with Japan (2019):

  • Japan's Exports to Tuvalu: 2,020 million yen
  • Japan's Imports from Tuvalu: 110 million yen

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Grants: 14 million yen
  • Cumulative total as of 2017: 10,199 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 78 million yen
  • Cumulative total as of 2017: 2,965 million yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to Tuvalu
Year Name
2006 Minister of Environment, Ms. Yuriko Koike
2007 Governor of Tokyo, Mr. Shintaro Ishihara
2008 Minister of Environment, Mr. Ichiro Kamoshita
2013 Minister of Environment, Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara
2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Norikazu Suzuki (Pacific Islands Forum)
From Tuvalu to Japan
Year Name
1988 Prime Minister, Dr. Tomasi Puapua
1990 Prime Minister, Mr. Bikenibeu Paeniu (Ceremony of Enthronement of His Majesty of the Emperor)
1993 Prime Minister, Mr. Bikenibeu Paeniu
1995 Prime Minister, Mr. Kamuta Latasi
1997 Prime Minister, Mr. Bikenibeu Paeniu (Japan-SPF Meeting)
2000 Prime Minister, Mr. Ionatana Ionatana (2nd Pacific Islands Meeting, Funeral Ceremony of Former Prime Minister, Mr. Keizo Obuchi)
2001 Prime Minister, Mr. Faimalaga Luka
2003 Prime Minister, Mr. Saufatu Sopoanga
2006 Prime Minister, Mr. Maatia Toafa (4th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2007 Prime Minister, Mr. Apisa Ielemia (1st Asia-Pacific Water Forum)
2010 Vice-Prime Minister, Mr. Saufatu Sopoanga (PALM Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2012 Prime Minister, Mr. Wily Telavi (6th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2013 Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, Mr. Taukerina Finikaso (PALM 2nd Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2015 Prime Minister, and Minister of Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga (7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2017 Member of the Tuvaluan Parliament, Mr. Mackenzie Kiritome (PALM 3rd Ministerial Interim Meeting)
2018 Prime Minister, Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga (8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting)
2019 Foreign Minister, Hon. Simon Kofe (Ceremonies of the Accession to the Throne)
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