Japan-Estonia Relations

January 25, 2022

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
  • The Estonia-Japan Parliament Group Re-activated: April, 2019
  • Japan-Estonia 100th Anniversary of Friendship: January, 2021

Japanese Nationals:

  • 197 Japanese residing in Estonia (as of February, 2021)

Trade with Japan (2020):

  • Export: 79.80 (million euros) -Main export items: timbers and log houses, machineries, metals, optical and precision machineries
  • Import: 46.50 (million euros) -Main import items: machineries, automobiles, auto parts, leather products

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. Jürgen 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
2017 Mar. H.E. Ms. Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology
2017 Apr. H.E. Mr. Tarmo Tamm, Minister of Rural Affairs
2017 Sep. H.E. Ms. Mailis Reps, Minister of Education and Research
2018 May H.E. Ms. Urve Palo, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology
2018 Sep. H. E. Mr. Jüri Luik, Minister of Defence
2019 Jun. H.E. Mr. Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister
2019 Oct. H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
2020 Feb. H.E. Mr. Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister
2021 Aug. H.E. Ms. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia
From Japan to Estonia
Year Name
2002 May Mr. UETAKE Shigeo, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
2002 Sep. Mr. OTSUJI Hidehisa, Senior Vice Minister for Finance
2006 Jul. Mr. CHUMA Kouki, Minister for Special Assignment
(Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
2007 May Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
2011 May Mr. BANNO Yutaka, 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. NISHIMURA Yasunori, Vice Minister of Cabinet Office
2014 Jul. H.E. YAMAZAKI Masaaki, President of the House of Councillors of Japan
2014 Aug. LDP's Special Mission Committee on IT Strategy
2015 Apr. Mr. YAMAGUCHI Shunichi, Minister of State in charge of Information Technology Policy
2015 May Mr. SATO Akira, State Minister of Defense
2015 Oct. Mr. AMARI Akira, Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization
2015 Nov. Ms. YAMADA Miki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2017 Jul. Mr. GUNJI Akira, Vice-President of the House of Councillors
2017 Nov. Mr. NAKANE Kazuyuki, State Minister for Foreign Affairs
2018 Jan. Mr. ABE Shinzo, Prime Minister
2018 May Mr. ONODERA Itsunori, Minisrer of Defense
2018. Sep. Mr. OKAMOTO Mitsunari, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2018 Oct. Mr. HIRAI Takuya, Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy
2019 May Mr. SONOURA Kentaro, Special Advisor to Prime Minister
2021 Jul. Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Recent trends

Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue:

The “Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue” was established by the leaders of Japan and the Baltic countries in order to further promote Japan-Baltic cooperation in a wide range of areas when Prime Minister Abe visited the countries in January 2018 for the first time as Prime Minister of Japan.

In September 2018, the 1st Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue was held in Vilnius, Lithuania and Mr. OKAMOTO Mitsunari, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs participated in the Dialogue. The 2nd Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue was held in Riga, Latvia and Mr. MASAKI Yasushi, Director-General of European Affairs Bureau participated in the Dialogue.

IT-Cyber Cooperation:

Japan and Estonia have 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 occasion that was held in Tokyo in December 2015 and the third in Tallinn in February 2017, where Japanese and Estonian sides had lively discussions. The most recent Cyber Dialogue was held online in December 2021.

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