Japan-Vatican Relations

Japan-Vatican Relations (Basic Data)

June 28, 2016

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1942

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Vatican: 0 (October 2014)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Vatican
Year Name
1953 His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince
1965 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Hitachinomiya
1984 His Imperial Highness Prince Hironomiya
1993 Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress
2005 Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Yoriko Kawaguchi (Former Foreign Minister, to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II)
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Kabun Muto (Former Foreign Minister, to attend the Papal Inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI)
2009 Prime Minister Taro Aso
2013 Mr. Yoshiro Mori, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy (Ex-Prime Minister, to attend the Papal Inauguration of Pope Francis)
2014 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2016 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida
From Vatican to Japan
Year Name
1981 Pope John Paul II
1989 Cardinal Oddi
1990 Cardinal Caprio (to attend the coronation ceremony)
2008 Cardinal Martins
Cardinal Diaz, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
2009 Archbishop Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States (as Guest of the Minister for Foreign Affairs)
Cardinal Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue
2011 Cardinal Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum"
2012 Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
2013 Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Cardinal Farina, Honorary prefect of the Vatican Library
2015 Cardinal Monterisi
Archbishop Bruguès, Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives