Japan-Cyprus Relations

Japan-Cyprus Relations (Basic Data)

November 1, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in June 1962.

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Cyprus: 55 (Oct. 2017)

Trade with Japan (2017):

  • Exports: 51 million yen (fish, cheese, plastic, chemical products, etc.)
  • Imports: 20.6 billion yen (ships, motor vehicles, etc.)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • Technical cooperation: 93 million yen (1982-1988)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Cyprus
Year Name
1990 Parliamentary Group headed by Mr. Jushiro Komiyama, member of the House of Representatives (to attend General Council of IPU)
1991 Official mission from the House of Councillors on PKO
1996 Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Hajime Ogawa
2002 President of Japan-Cyprus Parliamentary Friendship League Tsutomu Kawara
2013 Official research mission from the House of Representatives on parliamentary systems to Europe
2014 Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Takao Makino
2017 State Minister of Finance Minoru Kihara (to attend the EBRD annual meeting)
2018 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane
From Cyprus to Japan
Year Name
1970 President Makarios, Foreign Minister Spyros Kiprianou
1973 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Michalakis Kolokasides (to attend a conference related to GATT)
1982 Cypriot Trade Mission headed by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Georgios Andreou
1984 President Spyros Kiprianou, Foreign Minister Georgios Iakovou
1989 President Georgios Vasiliou, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Takis Nemitsas (to attend the funeral ceremony of late Emperor Showa)
1990 President Georgios Vasiliou (to attend the ceremonies of the ascension to the throne of the Emperor)
1991 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Takis Nemitsas (to attend exhibition of Cyprus)
1994 Minister of Communications and Works Adamos Adamides
1997 Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (as a guest of Foreign Ministry)
1999 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Nikos Rolandis
2000 Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andreas Pirishis
2004 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Giorgos Lillikas
2005 Foreign Minister Georgios Iakovou
2007 President of the Cyprus-Japan Friendship group in the House of Representatives Averof Neophytou
2010 Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nicos Emiliou
2012 Deputy Minister to the President for European Affairs Andreas Mavroyiannis
2013 Under Secretary to the President, Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus Constantinos Petrides
2015 Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (as a guest of Foreign Ministry)
2018 Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides

Cultural Exchanges

Year Name
1982 Modern dance group performance at Limassol Art Festival with the support of the Japan Foundation
1986 Donation of books to Cyprus Research Centre through the Japan Foundation
1993 Donation through JECFUND of electron microscopes to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
1996 Donation of books to the University of Cyprus through the Japan Foundation
2000 Japan Week in Cyprus on the occasion of the celebration of 40 years of Japan-Cyprus friendly relations
2005 Japan Week showcasing Japanese contemporary films, Ikebana and Japanese Calligraphy as a program of EU-Japan Year of People-to-People Exchanges
2010 Japan Week in Cyprus on the occasion of the celebration of 50 years of Japan-Cyprus friendly relations
2011 Visit of 25 students from stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake to Cyprus (Invitation Program hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus)
2012 Visit of the Special Communicator for a World without Nuclear Weapons Keijiro Matsushima to Cyprus (invited by the House of Representatives of Cyprus)
2013 Piano recital by Japanese pianist, Fujiko Hemming
2016 Photo Exhibition “Last Samurai” at The Center of Visual Arts & Research (CVAR)
2017
March
Signing of the “Memorandum of Cooperation in the Fields of Higher Education and Research” between the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and the Ministry of Education of Cyprus
2017 Exhibitions and workshops by Japanese grass-roots cultural organizations and artists sponsored by the EU-Japan Fest Japan CommitteeOpen a New Window and the Japan Foundation on the occasion of European Capital of Culture 2017 in Pafos.

Japanese drum performance by YAMATO with the attendance of Mr. Nobuyuki Koga, Chairman of the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee.