Japan-Palestine Relations

March 25, 2021

Basic Data

General

Japan supports a two-state solution whereby Israel and a future independent Palestinian state live side by side in peace and security. Japan has continued support for the Palestinians' right of self-determination, and their desire to establish a state. Japan's assistance exceeds 2.1 billion US dollars in total since 1993. In addition, the Japanese Government and the Palestinian Authority have steadily developed the friendly relations, which are represented in frequent VIP visits between the two sides (see the following "VIPs Visit').

Bilateral Relations;

1977 Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) opened the office in Tokyo.
1995 PLO closed the office in Tokyo.
1998 Japan opened the Representative office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza.
2003 The Palestinian Authority re-opened the Permanent General Mission of Palestine in Tokyo.
2007 The Representative office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority moved from Gaza to Ramallah.

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Palestine: 56 (as of 2019)
  • Number of Palestinians residing in Japan; 74 (as of 2020)

Economic Relations (Exports and Imports, 2020)

  • Exports to Japan: 45 million yen (olive oil, soap, etc.)
  • Imports from Japan: 354 million yen (medical equipment, track, etc.)

Economic Cooperation

VIP Visits (since 1995)

To Palestine
Year Name
1995 Prime Minister MURAYAMA Tomiichi
1996 Minister for Foreign Affairs IKEDA Yukihiko
1998 Hokkaido Development Agency Director General SUZUKI Muneo
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary SUZUKI Muneo
1999 Minister for Foreign Affairs KOUMURA Masahiko
State Foreign Secretary MACHIMURA Nobutaka
2000 State Foreign Secretary AZUMA Shozo
2001 Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs SUGIURA Seiken
2002 Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party YAMASAKI Taku
2003 Senior Vice Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu
2004 Special Representative KAWAGUCHI Yoriko
Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs FUKUSHIMA Keishiro
2005 Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs KAWAI Katsuyuki
Minister for Foreign Affairs MACHIMURA Nobutaka
2006 Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs ITO Shintaro
Prime Minister KOIZUMI Junichiro
Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs ITO Shintaro
2007 Special Advisor to the Prime Minister KOIKE Yuriko
Minister for Foreign Affairs ASO Taro
2008 Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs NAKAYAMA Yasuhide
2010 Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs TAKEMASA Koichi
2011 Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs BANNO Yutaka
2012 Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs YAMANE Ryuji
Minister for Foreign Affairs GEMBA Koichiro
2013 Minister for Foreign Affairs KISHIDA Fumio
2014 State Minister for Foreign Affairs KISHI Nobuo
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs SONOURA Kentaro
2015 Prime Minister ABE Shinzo
State Minister for Foreign Affairs NAKAYAMA Yasuhide
2016 State Minister for Foreign Affairs SONOURA Kentaro
2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs KISHI Nobuo
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry SEKO Hiroshige
Special Advisors to the Prime Minister SONOURA Kentaro
Minister for Foreign Affairs KONO Taro
2018 Prime Minister ABE Shinzo
2019 State Minister for Foreign Affairs SUZUKI Keisuke
To Japan
Year Name
1981 Chairman of PLO Yasser Arafat
1989 Chairman of PLO Yasser Arafat
1996 Chairman of PLO Yasser Arafat
1997 Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nabil Sha'ath
1999 Chairman of PLO / President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat (twice)
2000 Minister of International Cooperation Nabil Sha'ath
Chairman of PLO / President of the PA Yasser Arafat
2002 Chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmed Qurei
Minister of International Cooperation Nabil Sha'ath and Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade Maher Al Masri
2004 Minister of International Cooperation Nabil Sha'ath and Minister of Finance Salam Fayyad
Chief Negotiator of PLO Saeb Erekat, Minister of Detainee Affairs Omar Abdul Raziq and Minister of PECDAR Mohammad Shtyyeh
2005 President Mahmoud Abbas
2007 Chief Negotiator of PLO Saeb Erekat
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ziad Abu Amr
2008 Chief Negotiator of PLO Saeb Erekat and Minister of PECDAR Mohammad Shtyyeh
2009 Minister of National Economy Hasan Abu-Libdeh
2010 President Mahmoud Abbas
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Maliki and
Minister of Planning and Administrative Development Ali Jarbawi
2011 Member of Fatah Central Committee Mohammad Shtyyeh
Chairman of Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub
2012 Secretary General of PLO Yasser Abd Rabbo
Chairman of Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub
President Mahmoud Abbas
Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Maliki
2013 Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Maliki
Minister of Planning Mohammad Abu Ramadan
2014 Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Rula Maaya
2015 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riad Maliki
2016 Minister of Finance and Minister of Planning, Shukri Bishara
President Mahmoud Abbas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riad Maliki,
Minister of National Economy, Abeer Odeh
Minister of Agriculture, Sufian Sultan
Minister of Local Government, Hussein Al-Aa’raj
2017 Minister of National Economy, Abeer Odeh
2018 Advisor to President of Palestine for International Affairs, Nabeel Shaath
Head of Palestinian Water Authority, Mazin Ghunaim
2019 President Mahmoud Abbas
2020 Member of PLO Executive Committee and Director General for Refugee Affairs of Palestine, Ahmad Abu-Holi
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