Political Relations 


 

1. Overview of Japan-Pakistan Political Relations
2. Speeches and Remarks
3. Prime Minister and Ministersí Visits
4. Domains and Issues
(1) Fight against Terrorism
(2) Regional Cooperation
(3) Japan-Pakistan Bilateral Cooperation

 

1. Overview of Japan-Pakistan Political Relations

Japan and Pakistan have steadily evolved bilateral relations since 1952, when the two Asian countries established diplomatic relations. During the nearly six decades, the two countries exchanged a number of delegations, including leadersí and ministerial level visits. Recently, Japanís Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada visited Pakistan in October, 2009, Japanís Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Makiko Kikuta visited Pakistan in November, 2010, and Pakistanís President Asif Ali Zardari visited Japan in February, 2011.

Pakistan in Japanís Foreign Policy
Japan attaches importance to Pakistan in its foreign relations. Pakistan plays an essential role in fighting terrorism, which is one of major challenges for the international community in the twenty first century. Despite the sacrifices borne by the people of Pakistan, Pakistan has been committed to fighting insurgency. Japan intends to support the people of Pakistan to meet this challenge.  
Pakistan is also a cornerstone in South Asia, connecting politically, economically, and culturally to other countries in South Asia, Middle East, and Central Asia. The Government of Japan supports Pakistan to further contribute to intra and inter-regional stability and prosperity.
Japan thinks it important that stable development and democracy take root in Pakistan as a moderate and modernized Islamic country for the sake of the stability in the region.
Furthermore, Pakistan has vast potentials for economic development. Japan will continue to work with Pakistan in order to strengthen cooperative economic relations with Pakistan, which will be beneficial to both countries.

Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) 
Japan also takes initiatives to facilitate international assistance to Pakistan as a member of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) group, which was established in September 2008. A Ministerial Meeting of the FODP and Pakistan Donors Conference were held in Tokyo in April 2009.

Flood Disaster in Pakistan
In response to the disastrous floods caused by unprecedented heavy rain in the summer of 2010, Japan extended emergency humanitarian assistance. Itís assistance includes emergency grant, emergency relief goods, as well as air lift activities by Japan Self-Defense Forces helicopters (August 30-October 10) and medical support activities (September 5-22) in southern Punjab.        

President Zardariís visit to Japan
President Zardari visited Japan on February 21-23, 2011. On February 22, he held a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, which was followed by a dinner. They discussed bilateral, regional and global issues, and decided to further strengthen bilateral relations for a comprehensive partnership for peace and development. In order to show concrete steps towards the said partnership, they signed the Joint Statement on Japan-Pakistan Comprehensive Partnership . On the following day, the President made a state call on His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. During his stay, he also met Japanese parliamentarians and business leaders.

 

2. Speeches and Remarks

- Policy Speech by Prime Minister Kan at the 177th Session of the Diet (January 24, 2011)
- Policy Speech by Foreign Minister Maehara to the 174th Session of the Diet (January 24, 2011)

3. VIP Visits

- Japan-Pakistan Summit Meeting and Dinner Hosted by Prime Minister Kan (February 22, 2011)
- Courtesy Call by Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on His Excellency Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan (February 22, 2011)
- Visit to Japan of His Excellency Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan (February 16, 2011)
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Foreign Minister Katsuya Okadaís visit to Pakistan (October, 2009)†† †††††††††††- The archive of the past visits

5. Domains and Issues

(1) Fight against Terrorism
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New Strategy to counter the threat of terrorism (Japanís new assistance package to Afghanistan and Pakistan) (November 2009).
See also ďJapanís International Counter-Terrorism CooperationĒ
(2) Regional Cooperation
- The 4th Japan-SAARC Symposium On Regional Cooperation in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (March 2011)
See also
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in the MoFA Website
See also
SAARC Official Website

(3) Japan-Pakistan Bilateral Cooperation