Bilateral Relations


High-Level Visits between Japan and Ireland (2017)


The Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visited Ireland between 9 and 10 January.

On 9 January, Minister Kishida met Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and also attended the Opening Ceremony of the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Ireland. (For further information, see "Japan-Ireland Foreign Ministers’ Meeting" on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.)



At the Ceremony, Minister Kishida presented the Foreign Minister’s Commendations to the Chester Beatty Library, Mr Hugo O’Donnell and Mr Hiroaki Ozaki, and his Letter of Appreciation to Ms Barbara Geraghty.


On 10 January, Minister Kishida visited Trinity Long Room followed by a courtesy call on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Department of the Taoiseach.


Japan-Ireland Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

From 26 February to 4 March, Mr. Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, visited Japan as an Official Guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and met with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. (See Overview of Japan-Ireland Foreign Ministerial Meeting)
From 16-19 March, Mr. Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, visited Japan under the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s invitation programme, and met Mr. Nobuteru Ishihara, Minister of State for Special Missions. Minister Donohoe also attended the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations which took place in Japan.
From 7-10 July, H.I.H.Princess Takamado visited Ireland, and paid a courtesy call on President Michael D. Higgins. Princess Takamado also visited Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore, Co. Waterford.
From 27-29 September, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, visited Japan with a trade mission.
From 12-15 November, Mr. Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, visited Japan with a trade mission.