Japan-Bosnia and Herzegovina Relations

June 10, 2020

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

Japan established diplomatic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina on 9th February 1996, following the recognition of the state on 23rd January.
Thereafter, Japan has been helping Bosnia and Herzegovina with its effort on reconstructing the state after the severe armed conflicts from 1992 to 1995, by providing political and financial supports including cooperation for the consolidation of peace as a core member of the Peace Implementation Council.

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 39 (as of October 2018)
  • Number of Bosnia and Herzegovina nationals in Japan: 53 (as of June 2019)

Trade with Japan:

  • Exports to Bosnia and Herzegovina: 440 million yen (machinery etc.) (2019)
  • Imports from Bosnia and Herzegovina: 1.03 billion yen (timber, fabric etc.) (2019)

Direct Investment from Japan

  • None

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • Loans: 16.74 billion yen (cumulative total until FY 2018)
  • Grant Aid: 31.28 billion yen (cumulative total until FY 2018)
  • Technical Cooperation: 7.14 billion yen (cumulative total until FY 2018)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year Name
1996 July Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yukihiko Ikeda
1998 April Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Keizo Obuchi
2003 August Delegation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives
2004 January Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Isao Matsumiya
2004 July Special Envoy of the Government of Japan, Mr. Tatsuo Arima
2006 November Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Midori Matsusihma
2012 April Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada
2014 July Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Takao Makino
2014 August Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Bunmei Ibuki
2015 July Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura
2016 October State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nobuo Kishi
From Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan
Year Name
1998 June Co-Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Dr. Haris Silajdzic
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Mr. Milorad Dodik
1999 September Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Mr. Milorad Dodik
Vice Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Mr. Savo Loncar
2000 May Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Husein Zivali
Leader of the Party of Democratic Progress. Dr. Mladen Ivanic
2004 April Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Mladen Ivanic
Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Mr. Dragan Doko
2005 March Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Adnan Terzic
Minister of Treasury and Finance, Ms. Ljerka Maric
2009 October Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sven Alkalaj
2013 September Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Denis Becirovic
2014 March Deputy Minister of Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Ms. Ermina Salkicevic-Dizdarevic
2017 October Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Igor Crnadak
2018 May Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Josip Brkic
2019 October Chairman of the Presidency, Mr. Zeljko Komsic
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