Middle East

Japan-Kuwait Relations (Basic Data)

November 11, 2015

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in December 1961

Japanese Nationals:

  • 172 (as of Oct. 2014)

Trade with Japan (in US Dollars, 2014 IMF):

  • Exports: $12,386 million (crude oil, petroleum products)
  • Imports: $1,891 million (motor vehicle, steel, machinery, electric equipment)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (total amount until the year 1998):

  • Grants: 294 million Yen
  • Technical cooperation: 935 million Yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to Kuwait
Year Name
2004 Minister of Environment Yuriko Koike
Committee on Middle Eastern Affairs, House of Representatives
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa
Minister of State for Defense Yoshinori Ohno
Secretary General, Liberal Democratic Party, Tsutomu Takebe,
Secretary General, New Komeito Tetsuzo Fuyushiba
2005 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Keishiro Fukushima
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai
Minister of State for Defense Fukushiro Nukaga
2006 Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
Committee on Middle Eastern Affairs, House of Representatives
Minister of State for Defense Fukushiro Nukaga、
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Katsutoshi Kaneda
Senior Vice-Minister for defence Taro Kimura
Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
2007 Special Advisor for the Prime Minister Yuriko Koike
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Special Committee on terrorism and Iraq, House of Representatives
2008 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Osamu Uno
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Itsunori Onodera
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Ichiro Miyashita
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari
Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Hiroshi Okuda
Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Akinori Eto
Security Committee, House of Representatives
Minister of Finance Fukushiro Nukaga
2009 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Shibayama
2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Makiko Kikuta
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Hamada
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe Nakano
2012 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe Nakano
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Naoki Kazama
2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2014 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takao Makino
Member of the House of Representatives, Liberal Democratic Party, Yuriko Koike
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama
Director, Foreign Affairs Division, Liberal Democratic Party, Kenya Akiba
State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Daishiro Yamagiwa
State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yosuke Takagi
From Kuwait to Japan
Year Name
2004 Prime Minister H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Sheikh Dr. Mohamed Sabah Al Salem Al-Sabah
Minister of Energy H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Fahd Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Minister of Commerce and Industry H.E. Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al-Taweel
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense H.E. Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
2005 Sheikha Hussa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
2006 Special Adviser of H.H. the Amir of Kuwait H.E. Shaikh Mohammed Al-Khaled M.Al-Sabah
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Ismael Khudor Al-Shatti
2007 Chancellor to the Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Sheikh Salem Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Kuwait-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League
Founder and President of the Kuwaiti Voluntary Committee H.E. Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
2008 Prime Minister H.H. Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Chairman of Rules Committee & Member of Executive Board, Olympic Council of Asia H.E. Shaikh Talal Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Member of the International Olympic Council H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Member of the International Olympic Council H.E. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
2009 First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense H.E. Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
2010 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Advisor to the Amir Diwan H.E. Khaled Yousef Abdul-Aziz Al-Fellej
2011 Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs H.E. Mr. Abdul Wahhab Al Haroon
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Legal Affairs and Minister of Social Affairs and Labor H.E. Mr. Mohammad Mohsen Al-Afashi
2012 Amir, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
2013 Advisor to the Amir Diwan H.E.Mr.Mohammad Abdullah Abbas Abo Al-Hassan
2014 Kuwait-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister of Planning and Development H.E. Mrs. Hind Sabeeh Barrak Al-Sabah
2015 Director General Kuwait Direct Investment Authority H.E. Sheikh Dr. Misaal Al-Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Bader Hamad Al-Eisa

Recent Trends

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, paid an Official Visit as State Guest to Japan in March 2012. During his stay in Japan, the Amir was received in Imperial Audience by His Majesty the Emperor. Mr. Yoshihiko Noda, Prime Minister of Japan, held a meeting with the Amir.

The Convention between Japan and the State of Kuwait for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, the Agreement between Japan and the State of Kuwait for the Promotion and Protection of Investment entered into force in June, 2013, January, 2014 respectively.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Kuwait in August 2013. During his stay, he was received by His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, acting Amir and Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, and hold a meeting with His Excellency Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait. The two sides shared the view that they would further cooperate in many fields including not only energy, but also politics, security, economics, education, agriculture and health. They also decided to establish a “Comprehensive Partnership”.