Japan-Estonia Relations

May 20, 2016

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in October 10, 1991
  • Establishment of the Embassy of Japan in Tallinn: January, 1993
  • Establishment of the Embassy of Estonia in Tokyo: September, 1996
  • The Japan-Estonia Friendship Group of Diet Members and the Estonia-Japan Parliament Group Established: 1996
  • Mutual Waiving of Visas for Nationals of Japan and Estonia: December, 1999
  • Appointment of the First Residing Ambassador of Japan: January, 2010
  • The Estonia-Japan Parliament Group Re-Established: April, 2011
  • The Japan-Estonia Friendship Group of Diet Members Re-activated: November, 2013

Japanese Nationals:

  • 110 Japanese residing in Estonia (as of October, 2015)

Trade with Japan (2015) :

  • Export: 64.22 (million euros) -Main export items: timbers and log houses, machineries; milk products, cannes sardines
  • Import: 19.60 (million euros) -Main import items: machineries, automobiles, auto parts

VIP Visits

From Estonia to Japan
Year Name
2001 Sep. H.E. Mr. Mihkel Parnoja, Minister of Economic Affairs
2002 Jun. H.E. Ms. Kristiina Ojuland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
2004 Oct. H.E. Mr. Arnold Ruutel, President
H.E. Mr. Andrus Ansip, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications
2008 Feb. H.E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs
2010 Feb. H.E. Mr. Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister
2010 Dec. H.E. Ms. Kristiina Ojuland, Member of the European Parliament
2011 Oct. H.E. Ms. Ene Ergma, President of the Riigikogu
H.E. Mr. Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee
2012 Oct. H.E. Mr. Jurgen Ligi, Minister of Finance
H.E. Mr. Ardo Hansson, Governor of Bank of Estonia
2013 Mar. H.E. Major General Riho Terras, Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces
2013 Oct. H.E. Mr. Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament of Estonia
2013 Dec. ICT Delegation (Japan-Estonia Policy Dialogue on ICT Policy and Cyber Security)
2014 Jan. H.E. Mr. Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014 Mar. H.E. Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia
2014 Jun. H.E. Mr. Evgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Education and Research
2015 Jan. H.E. Ms. Anne Sulling, Minister of Foreign Trade and Entrepreneurship
2016 Apr. H.E. Mr. Taavi Roivas, Prime Minister
From Japan to Estonia
Year Name
2002 May Mr. Shigeo Uetake, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
2002 Sep. Mr. Hidehisa Otsuji, Senior Vice Minister for Finance
2006 Jul. Mr. Kouki Chuma, Minister for Special Assignment
(Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2007 May. Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
2011 May. Mr. Yutaka Banno, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
2013 Jul. Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) Committee on Europe
2013 Aug. Delegation of Cabinet Committee, House of Representatives
2013 Sep. Mr. Yasunori Nishimura, Vice Minister of Cabinet Office
2014 Jul. H.E. Masaaki Yamazaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japan
2014 Aug. LDP's Special Mission Committee on IT Strategy
2015 Apr. Mr. Shunichi Yamaguchi, Minister of State in charge of Information Technology Policy
2015 May. Mr. Akira Sato, State Minister of Defensece
2015 Oct. Mr. Akira Amari, Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization
2015 Nov. Ms. Miki Yamada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

Recent trends


In 2014, Estonia was a co-ordinating country of Nordic-Baltic co-operation (NB8) and also assumed the yearly presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and the three Baltic States (3B). In November 2013, the first Japan-NB8 Foreign Ministers Level Meeting took place in Delhi.

In February 2014, Political Director’ Level Meeting of Japan-NB8 took place in Tallinn and in October 2014, the Japan-NB8 Summit Meeting at the place of ASEM Summit Meeting took place in Milan.

IT-Cyber Cooperation:

Japan and Estonia has developed their cooperation on IT and cyber security. The First Japan - Estonia Cyber Dialogue was held in Tallinn in December 2014, followed by the second one that was held in Tokyo in December 2015 where Japanese and Estonian participants had lively discussions on the topics including cyber security, “My Number (individual number)” system of Japan and other topics.

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