History of the Bilateral Relationship

Japan and Denmark exchanged diplomatic missions on a reciprocal basis after conclusion of the "Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Denmark " in 1867. Both countries have since then enjoyed a friendly relationship for more than a century. Both countries have close ties not only in the economic and trade fields, but also in the cultural and academic areas, and their friendship is growing at a steady pace.

The contacts between Japan's Imperial Family and the Danish Royal Family also have a significant role to play for the two countries' friendship. The first official visit of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress to Denmark was realized in 1998 (31 May – 4 June), and Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Consort of the Kingdom of Denmark paid the second state visit to Japan in November, 2004 since the first state visit in May 1980.

In 2004 H.I.H. the Crown Prince of Japan visited Denmark to attend the royal wedding of H.R.H. the Crown Prince and H.R.H. the Crown Princess.

In 2005 H.R.H. the Crown Prince and H.R.H. the Crown Princess visited Japan to attend Aichi Expo.

In June 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik visited Higashimatsushima city in Miyagi prefecture suffered from the earth quake and tsunami to express sympathy. In October 2011 H.R.H. Prince Joachim and H.R.H. Princess Marie visited Japan and had an audience with Their Majesties Emperor and Empress.

Recent Political Relations

Relations between Japan and Denmark have long been friendly, and exchanges take place in a wide variety of fields involving both government and private organizations. Political dialogue is consolidated by mutual visits at the highest level, such as the visit to Denmark of Prime Minister Koizumi in 2002 and the visit to Japan of Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen in 2002 and 2006. Both countries consider it important to strengthen the bilateral relations through political dialogue at many different levels. In 2009, October and December, Prime Minister Hatoyama has met with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on the occasions of IOC Congress and UN Climate Conference COP15 respectively in Copenhagen. In 2010 March, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has visited JAPAN and met with Prime Minister Hatoyama to discuss the bilateral relations in business, science and technology fields.

In October 2012 Foreign minister Mr. Villy Søvndal visited Japan, and had a bilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba. He also visited Higashimatsushima city to express sympathy for the suffered.

In 2013 the two countries have enjoyed frequent high-level exchanges. At the ministerial level, Minister for Reconstruction Mr. Takumi Nemoto, Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization Mr. Akira Amari and Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Mr. Yoshitaka Shindo visited Denmark, and Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Ms. Karen Hækkerup visited Japan. In 2014 Minister for Transportation Ms. Pia Olsen Dyhr visited Japan.

 

Recent High-Level Visits between Japan and Denmark

From Japan to Denmark

1998 Their Majesties The Emperor and The Empress

 

2002 Finance Minister, Mr. Masajuro Shiokawa

 

2002 Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Keiji Furuya

 

2002 Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Masahiro Imamura

 

2002 Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi

 

2003 Minister of Enviroment Mrs. Yuriko Koike

 

2004 His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince

 

2005 Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Shintaro Ito

 

2005 Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi

 

2009 Prime Minister Mr. Yukio Hatoyama

 

2009 Minister of Environment Mr. Sakihito Ozawa

 

2009 Vice Minister of Environment Mr. Nobumori Otani

 

2009 Vice Minister of Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Teruhiko Mashiko

 

2009 Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura

 

2010 Vice Minister for Agriculture and Fishery Ms. Yasue Funayama

 

2010 Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Seishiro Eto

 

2011 Vice Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mr. Hirofumi Ryu

 

2012 Parliamentary Vice Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Mr. Kunihiko Muroi

 

2012 Fomer Prime Minister Mr. Naoto Kan

 

2013 Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Mr. Masaji Matsuyama

 

2013 State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Kazuyoshi Akaba

 

2013 Speical advisor to the Prime Minister Mr. Seiichi Eto

 

2013 Minister for Reconstruction, Mr. Takumi Nemoto

 

2013 Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization Mr. Akira Amari

 

2013 Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Mr. Yoshitaka Shindo

 

From Denmark to Japan

 

2001 Speaker of the Folketinget Mr. Ivar Hansen

 

2001 Her Highness Princess Elizabeth

 

2001 Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs Mrs. Tove Færgo

 

2002 Prime Minister Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 

2003 Minister of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs Mr. Bertel Haarder

 

2003 Minister for the Environment Mr. Hans Christian Schmidt

 

2004 Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Consort

 

2004 Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Per Stig Møller

 

2005 Their Royal Highness The Crown Prince and The Crown Princess

 

2005 Minister of Economic and Business Affairs Mr Bendt Bendtsen

 

2006 Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 

2009 Minister for Climate Change Ms. Connie Hedegaard

 

2010 Prime Minster Lars Løkke Rasmussen

 

2010 Minister for the Environment Ms. Karen Ellemann

 

2012 Minister for Trade and Investment Ms. Pia Olsen Dyhr

 

2012 Minister for Development Cooperation Mr. Christian Friis Bach

 

2012 Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr.Villy Søvndal

 

2012 Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Mr. Martin Lidegaard

 

2013 Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Ms. Karen Hækkerup

 

2014 Minister for Transportation Ms. Pia Olsen Dyhr

 

2014 Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

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