Japan-Lithuania Relations

Japan-Lithuania Relations (Basic Data)

March 23, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

In 1939, the consulate of Japan was opened in Kaunas, however, it was closed down in the following year as a result of Lithuania's annexation to the Soviet Union. The new diplomatic relations started in October 1991 following the recognition of Lithuania by the Government of Japan in September. In 1997, Embassy of Japan was opened in Vilnius.

Economic Relations:

The economic relations between Japan and Lithuania in recent years are good, with export from Japan in 2016 amounting to 5.93billion yen (-6.6% from the previous year), and import in the same year from Lithuania amounting to 58.26billion yen (133.6% increase from the previous year). The main export items from Japan to Lithuania are machineries,plastics and chemical products, while the main import items from Lithuania to Japan are optical equipments, clothing, furniture including its components, textile products and non-ferrous metal.

(Source: Trade Statistics of the Ministry of Finance of Japan 2016)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Lithuania (from 2001 onward)
Year Name
2001 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shigeo Uetake (Dec.)
2006 Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso (May)
Minister for Special Assignment (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister) Kouki Chuma (Jul.)
2007 Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress (May)
2009 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Shintaro Ito (Jan.)
2011 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yutaka Banno (May)
2013 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Masaji Matsuyama (Apr.-May)
Senior Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office Yasutoshi Nishimura (Sep.)
2014 President of the House of Councillors Masaaki Yamazaki (Jul.)
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura (Apr.)
2016 Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives Tatsuo Kawabata (Jul.)
2017 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Motome Takizawa (May)
2018 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Jan.)
From Lithuania to Japan (from 2001 onward)
Year Name
2001 President Valdas Adamkus (Apr.)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Antanas Valionis (Apr.)
Minister of Culture Gintautas Kevisas (Apr.)
Vice Minister of Economy Gediminas Rainys (Oct.)
2002 Minister of Transort Zigmantas Balcytis (Jan.)
2004 Speaker of the Seimas Arturas Paulauskas (Mar.)
2005 Prime Minister Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas
Minister of Environment Arunas Kundrotas
Minister of Culture Vladimiras Prudnikovas (Sep.)
2006 Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas (Aug.)
2010 Minister of Education and Science Gintaras Steponavicius (Oct.)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Azhubalis (Nov.)
2011 Minister of Energy Aryvydas Sekmokas (Sep.)
Speaker of the Seimas Irena Degutiene (Oct.)
2012 Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius (Feb.)
Minister of Culture Arunas Gelunas (Nov.)
2013 Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis (Oct.)
Vice Minister of Agriculture Mindaugas Kuklierius (Nov.)
2014 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas (Feb.)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius (Mar.)
Vice Minister of Energy Aleksandras Spruogis (Jun.)
Minister of Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis (Jun. & Oct.)
Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas (Sep.)
2015 Vice Minister of Energy Aleksandras Spruogis (Feb.)
Vice Minister of Agriculture Saulius Cironka (Mar.)
Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas (May)
Vice Minister of Education and Science Svetlana Kauzoniene (May)
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Rolandas Krisciunas (Jun.)
Vice Minister of Economy Rasa Noreikiene (Sep.)
Vice Minister Raimundas Karoblis (Oct.)
2016 Speaker of Seimas Loreta Grauziniene, Minister of Energy Rokas. Masiulis(Mar.)
Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitiene(Mar.)
Vice Minister of Economy Marius Skarupskas(May)
Vice Minister of Economy Rasa Noreikiene (Sep.)
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Neris Germanas (Oct.)
2017 Vice Minister of Energy Simonas Satunas(Feb.)
Vice Minister of Agriculture Rolandas Taraskevicius (Mar.)
Vice Minister of Economy Lina Sabaitiene (Mar.)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius (May)
Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga (Oct.)
2018 Minister of Agriculture Bronius Markauskas (Mar.)