Japan-Qatar Relations

Japan-Qatar Relations (Basic Data)

May 11, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

Established in May 1972

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese Nationals residing in Qatar: 956 (as of April 2018)

Trade with Japan (in US Dollars) (2017):

  • Exports: 10.9 billion dollars
  • Imports: 1.2 billion dollars

Japan's Economic Cooperation (Assistance provided through 1998):

  • Grant Aid (Disaster Relief): 264 million yen
  • Technical Cooperation: 1.072 billion yen

VIP Visits

From Japan to Qatar
Year Name
1978 Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda
1986 Chairman of Policy Bureau, Liberal Democratic Party Masayuki Fujio (Special Envoy)
1987 Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takao Fujii
1994 Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince and Princess
1997 Chief Cabinet Councilor for External Affairs (Special Envoy for PM Ryutaro Hashimoto), Hiroshi Hirabayashi
2001 Minister for Foreign Affairs Yohei Kono
2001 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Takeo Hiranuma; Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tsutomu Takebe; Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shigeo Uetake (the 4th WTO Ministerial Meeting)
2003 Secretary General, Liberal Democratic Party, Taku Yamazaki; Secretary General, New Komeito, Tetsuzo Fuyushiba; Secretary General, New Conservative Party, Toshihiro Nikai; Member, House of Representative, Gen Nakatani
2005 Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Katsuyuki Kawai
2006 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Akiko Yamanaka
2006 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshihiro Nikai (the 10th International Energy Forum)
2006 Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso (the 5th Asian Cooperation Dialogue)
2006 Special Mission Committee for EPA/FTA, Liberal Democratic Party
2006 Special Advisor to Prime Minister Yuriko Koike
2007 Special Advisor to Prime Minister Yuriko Koike
2007 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2007 Senior Vice-Minister for Finance Kazunori Tanaka
2007 Senior Vice-Minister of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Kenshiro Matsunami
2008 Parliamentary Secretary for Defense Tsukasa Akimoto
2008 Senior Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Takayoshi Taniguchi
2008 Special Envoy of the Prime Minister Hiroshi Okuda
2008 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuhide Minorikawa
2010 Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Tadahiro Matsushita
2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hisashi Tokunaga (7th Ministerial Meeting of BMENA-G8 Forum for the Future)
2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hisashi Tokunaga
2012 Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba
2012 Japan-Qatar Parliamentarian Friendship League of Democratic Party
2012 Parliamentarian Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe Nakano (UNCTAD XIII)
2012 Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Mitsuyoshi Yanagisawa
2012 Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takashi Morita (UPU Congress)
2012 Minister of the Environment Hiroyuki Nagahama (COP18)
2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2014 Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kazuyoshi Akaba
2015 Minister for State for Special Missions Shunichi Yamaguchi
2015 Parliamentary Vice –Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura (Special Envoy for Prime Minister)
2015 Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida
2016 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura
2017 Special Advisor to Prime Minister Kentaro Sonoura
2017 Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono
2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahisa Sato
2018 Minister for State for Special Missions Masaji Matsuyama
2018 State Minister of Environment Tadahiko Ito
From Qatar to Japan
Year Name
1984 Emir of the State of Qatar Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani
1985 Minister of Foreign Affairs Suhaim Bin Hamad Al Thani
1989 Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad Bin Saif Al Thani (to attend Funeral Ceremony of Emperor Showa)
1993 Foreign Minister Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani
1993 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
1994 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
1995 Minister of Justice Najeeb Mohamed Al-Naimi
1995 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
1996 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
1997 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
1997 Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture Ali Bin Said Al-Khayareen (attended COP3)
1998 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
1999 Emir and Minister of Defense Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Deputy Prime Minister Mohamed Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Foreign Minister Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani
Minister of Public Health Hajar Ahmad Hajar
Minister of Energy, Industry, Electricity and Water Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
2000 Minister of Finance, Economy and Trade Yousef Hussein Kamal
2000 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
2001 Consort of the Emir of the State of Qatar Moza Bint Nasser
Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
2002 Minister of Finance Yousef Hussein Kamal
2002 Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
2003 Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
2004 First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani
2004 Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
2005 Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
2005 Emir of the State of Qatar Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Consort of the Emir Moza Bint Nasser
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani
Minister of Finance Yousef Hussein Kamal
Minister of Economy and Commerce Mohamed Bin Ahmed Al-Thani
2006 Chief of Staff, the Qatari Armed Forces Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiyah
2006 Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (attended 1st Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2007 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (attended 2nd Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2008 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (attended 3rd Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2009 Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
Minister of State for International Cooperation and Cabinet Member Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
2009 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (attended 4th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2009 Minister of State for International Cooperation and Cabinet Member Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
2010 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (attended 5th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2011 Minister of State for International Cooperation and Cabinet Member Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
2011 Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Emiri Diwan Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada(attended 6th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2012 Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
2012 Director of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiya
2012 Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
2012 Director of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiya
2012 Director of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiya
Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada (attended 7th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2013 Director of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiya
2013 Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada (attended 2nd LNG Producer-Consumer Conference)
2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
2014 Consort of Father Emir Moza Bint Nasser (Chairperson of Qatar Foundation)
2014 Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada (attended 8th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee and 3rd LNG Producer-Consumer Conference)
2014 Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah
2014 Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada (attended 8th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee and 3rd LNG Producer-Consumer Conference)
2015 Emir of the State of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (accompany with Minister of State for Defense Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Chief of the Amiri Diwan Khaled Bin Khalifa Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani and Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada)
2015 Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada (attended 9th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee)
2015 Former President of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (attended STS forum)
2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani
2016 Minister of Education and Higher Education Mohammed Bin Abdulwahedal Al-Hamadi (attended STS forum)
2016 Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada (attended 10th Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee and LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2016)
2017 Minister of Energy and Industry Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada (attended 11st Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee and LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2017)