Japan-Croatia Relations

September 10, 2020

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Japan and Croatia established diplomatic relations on March 5, 1993.
  • The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Japan was established in September 1993.
  • The Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Croatia was established in February 1998.

Japan's Trade with Croatia:

  • Exports: 5.7 billion yen (vehicles, machines, steel)
  • Imports: 11.6 billion yen (tuna, chemical products, clothing)

Japan's ODA to Croatia:

  • Grant aid: 950 million yen (cumulative total up to FY2011)
  • Technical cooperation: 978 million yen (cumulative total up to FY2011)

Number of Residents:

  • Japanese nationals in Croatia: 153 (as of August 2020)
  • Croatian nationals in Japan: 152 (as of December 2018)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Croatia
Year Name
1995 Minister for Foreign Affairs KONO Yohei
1999 State Secretary for Finance TANIGAKI Sadakazu
2000 Representative of the Government ARIMA Tatsuo
2002 H.I.H. Princess Sayako
2003 Vice Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology IKENOBOU Yasuko
2004 President of the Japan-Croatia Parliamentary Friendship League MINAMINO Chieko
2005 Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy TANAHASHI Yasufumi
Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs FUKUSHIMA Keishiro
2007 Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs MATSUSHIMA Midori
2008 Vice President of the House of Councilors SANTO Akiko
2010 Vice Minister for Finance FURUMOTO Shinichiro
2013 Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs KIUCHI Minoru
H.I.H. Prince and Princess Akishino
Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs KISHI Nobuo
2014 Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs MAKINO Takao
Minister for Justice TANIGAKI Sadakazu
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs SONOURA Kentaro
2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs KISHI Nobuo
2018 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister SONOURA Kentaro
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs YAMADA Kenji
2019 Minister for Foreign Affairs KONO Taro
From Croatia to Japan
Year Name
1992 Minister of Foreign Affairs Zvonimir Separovic
1993 Minister in the Government Zlatko Matesa
1996 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mate Granic
1997 President of the Croatian Parliament Vlatko Pavletic
1999 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Borislav Skegro
2000 Deputy Prime Minister Slavko Linic and Minister of Finance Mato Crkvenac
2001 Minister of Economy Goranko Fizulic
Minister of Tourism Pave Zupan Ruskovic
2002 Minister of Finance Mato Crkvenac
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tonino Picula
Minister of Public Works, Reconstruction and Building Radmir Cacic
2003 Minister of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning Bozo Kovacevic
Minister of Finance Mato Crkvenac
Minister of Tourism Pave Zupan Ruskovic
2004 Minister of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship Branko Vukelic and State Secretary Head of the Central State Office for Development Strategy Ante Babic
2005 Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Family Affairs, War Veterans, and Intergenerational Soldidarity Jadranka Kosor
Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
Minister of Finance Ivan Suker
Minister of Culture Bozo Biskupic
President of the Croatia-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League Tonci Tadic
2006 Minister of Science, Education and Sports Dragan Primorac
2008 President Stjepan Mesic
2010 Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Luka Bebic
Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Gordan Jandrokovic
2012 Deputy Prime Minister Neven Mimica
Minister of Finance Slavko Linic
2013 Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Josko Klisovic
2014 Minister of Economy Ivan Vrdoljak
Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin
Minister of Entrepreneurship Gordan Maras
2015 Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic
2017 State Secretary, General State Office for Sports Janica Kostelic
2019 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejcinovic Buric
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic
Auditor General Ivan Kresic
Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliamnet Zeljko Reiner

Cultural Exchanges

  • Sister cities: Kyoto-Zagreb, Kawasaki-Rijeka, Hekinan-Pula
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