Japan-Jordan Relations

October 6, 2021

General Description

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1954, Japan and Jordan have maintained friendly bilateral relations, including those between the imperial and royal families.
Jordan has been actively engaged in the Middle East peace process. The political and economic stability of Jordan, which is situated in a special geopolitical position, directly affects the stability of the Middle East region.
Japan fully recognizes such importance of Jordan and has actively extended assistance to the country. Taking into account the fact that Jordan has been making steady progress toward economic liberalization and aiming to nurture promising and internationally competitive industries in Jordan, Japan has initiated to extend intellectual assistance to Jordan, taking advantage of the know-how accumulated through the history of Japanese industrial governance.
The state visit by His Majesty King Abdullah introduced a new chapter in the relations between the two countries. Japan is determined to further strengthen the ties between the two countries, for instance, by broadening the foundation of mutual understanding between the two countries to the grass-roots level through wider exchanges of citizens of the two countries.

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 1954 diplomatic relations established
  • 1974 Jordanian Embassy opened in Tokyo
  • 1974 Japanese Embassy opened in Amman
  • Friendship between Imperial and Royal is maintained favorably. His majesty King Abudullah has visited Japan 12 times.

Bilateral Treaties and Arrangements:

  • 1985 Technical Assistance Agreement came into effect
  • 1995 Aviation Agreement came into effect
  • 1997 Reciprocal Visa Fee Waiver Agreement came into effect
  • 2012 Agreement for Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy came into effect
  • 2020 Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investment

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Jordan: 181 (as of October 2020)
  • Number of Jordanian Nationals residing in Japan: 211 (as of December 2020)

Trade with Japan: (in yen)

  • Exports: ¥ 3.32 billion (2020) (fertilizer, phosphorus ore)
  • Imports: ¥ 60.27 billion (2020) (motorcar, rubber tire)

Japan's achievement in Assistance:

  • Given the significant role of Jordan in regard to the Middle East peace process and the sustainable peace in the region, Japan has been implementing economic cooperation to the nation actively. Japan has been providing effective assistance to Jordan in each area combining relevant aid modalities including loan, grant and technical cooperation.

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Japan's assistance to Jordan up to FY 2021
  • Loans: 3,02.400 billion yen
  • Grants: 94.47 billion yen
  • Technical cooperation: 37.31 billion yen

Cultural Exchange:

  • (1) Cultural grant assistance in total: 1540million yen (23 projects)
  • (2) In Jordan, Japanese animation and manga have enormous popularity especially among young people. The interest in Japanese culture such as martial arts, Japanese food and traditional arts is also high. Japan has developed active cultural exchange programs, through events of introducing Japanese culture and the Japanese speech contest.

Visits by Eminent Persons

From Japan to Jordan
Year Name
1976 TIH Crown Prince and Princess
1980 TIH Prince and Princess Mikasa
1985 Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe
1987 Foreign Minister Tadashi Kuranari
1988 Foreign Minister Sosuke Uno
1990 Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama (Aug)
Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu (Oct)
1994 Foreign Minister Koji Kakizawa (May)
1995 TIH Crown Prince and Princess (Jan)
Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama (Sep)
1996 TIH Prince and Princess Takamado (Jun)
Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda (Aug)
1999 Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura (Jan)
TIH Crown Prince and Princess (Feb)
Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi (Feb)
2003 Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi (Apr)
2005 HIH Princess Takamado (Jun)
2006 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (Jul)
2007 Foreign Minister Taro Aso (Aug)
2012 Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba (May)
2013 Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Jul)
2015 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Jan)
State Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Yasuhide Nakayama (Jan)
2016 Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, Taro Kono (Jul)
State Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro Sonoura (Sep)
2017 Foreign Minister Taro Kono (Sep)
Foreign Minister Taro Kono (Dec)
2018 Foreign Minister Taro Kono (Apr)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (May)
Foreign State Minister Masahisa Sato(Jul)
2019 Foreign State Minister Keisuke Suzuki(Dec)
Defense Minister Taro Kono(Dec)
2021 Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (August)
From Jordan to Japan
Year Name
1974 HRH Crown Prince Hassan
1976 TM King and Queen Hussein
1982 HM King Hussein bin Talal and Crown Prince Abudullah
1983 HM King Hussein bin Talal
1987 Foreign Minister Taher Al Masri
1988 HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan
1989 HM King Al Hussein bin Talal (Feb)
HM Queen Noor Al Hussein (Oct)
1990 HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan
1991 Minister of Planning Abudullah Nsour (Jan)
Minister of Planning Ziad Fariz (Sep)
1993 HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (Jul)
HRH Princess Basma bint Talal (Oct)
HRH Prince Abdullah bin Al Hussein (Nov)
Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdelsalam Al-Majali (Dec)
1994 HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein
1995 HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan
1998 HRH Prince Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein
1999 Minister of Finance Michel Marto (Jun)
TM King Abdullah II Ibn al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah(Dec)
2000 HRH Prince Hamzah Ibn Al Hussein
2001 Prime Minister Ali Abu Al-Ragheb
2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs Marwan Al Muasher (May)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Jun)
2003 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Bassem Awadallah (Feb)
HRH Princess Basma bint Talal(Oct)
2004 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Bassem Awadallah (Feb and Oct)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Dec)
2005 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Suhair Al-Ali (Jun)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Dec)
2006 HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal (Aug)
TM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah(Dec)
2007 HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein(May)
HRH Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein (Jul)
2008 HRH PrinceEl Hassan bin Talal (May)
Foreign Minister Salaheddin Al-Bashir (Jul)
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan (Oct)
HRH Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein (Dec)
2009 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Suhair Al-Ali (Mar)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Apr)
Ministry of Social Development Hala Lattouf (Dec)
2010 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Mar)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Apr)
Minister of Public Sector Development and Minister of State for Mega-Projects Imad Fakhoury and Minister of Information and Communication Technology Marwan Juma (Jul)
Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Samir Rifai, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khalid Irani, Minister of Industry and Trade Amer Hadidi, Minister of Transport Alaa Batayneh, Minister of Public Sector Development and Minister of State for Mega-Projects Imad Fakhoury and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Oct)
HRHPrince Ali bin Al Hussein(Nov)
2011 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Jun)
HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein (Jul)
HRH Prince Mired bin Ra’ad(Oct)
HRHPrince Ali bin Al Hussein (Dec)
2012 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Jafar Hassan (Mar)
HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein (Jun)
2013 Speaker of the Senate Taher Al Masri (Sep)
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Saif (Dec)
2014 HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein(May)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Nov)
2015 HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein (Jun)
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhoury (Dec)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Nasser Judeh (Dec)
HRH Prince Ali bin Al Hussein (Dec)
2016 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Imad Fakhoury (Oct)
HM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein (Oct)
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ibrahim Saif(Nov)
HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein (Nov)
2017 HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan (May)
Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki (Jul)
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan (Nov)
2018 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi (Mar)
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Mary Kawar(Nov)
HRH Princess Dina Mired(Nov)
HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein and HRH Princess Zeina Al Faisal(Nov)
TM King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah (Nov)
2019 HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abudullah II(Oct)
Speaker of the House of Representative Atef Al Tarawneh(Nov)
2021 HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein(July)
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