Bilateral Relations

  • The relations between Japan and the Kingdom of Bahrain dates back to the year 1934, in which the first Bahraini oil shipment to Japan occurred after the discovery of oil in Bahrain in 1932.
  • 24 August, 1971, recognition of the State of Bahrain by the Government of Japan
  • 2 May, 1972, establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bahrain
  • 1 October, 1983, opening of the Liaison Office of the Japanese Embassy in Bahrain
  • 27 January, 1988, opening of the Japanese Embassy in Bahrain
  • 7 March, 1988, arrival of the first Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain
  • 6 September, 2005, opening of the Bahrain Embassy in Japan

Economic Relationship

Projects Accomplished by Japanese Companies

  • Many projects have been accomplished by Japanese companies including petrochemical, aluminium, gas and telecommunication projects as well as the designing of the Arab Gulf University building (now University of Bahrain) in Sakhir.
  • Other recent projects include pellet and steel plants in Hidd, Hidd IWPP Project.

Japanese Companies in the Kingdom of Bahrain

  • Financial sector: 5 companies
  • Trading sector: 2 companies
  • Manufacturing related sector: 12 companies
  • Other sectors: 3 companies

Economic Development Board Representative Office in Japan

Bahrain Economic Development Board opened an office in Japan in October 2000.

Trade and Technical Cooperation

Apart from the initiatives being taken by Japanese private companies and institutes such as JCCP (Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum) and JCCME (Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East) accept trainees from Bahrain and regularly hold seminars in this region. For example, JCCME co-organized Kaizen Seminar in Bahrain in May 2008 and November 2010 with Tamkeen and the Embassy of Japan in Bahrain.

Japan’s Trade Relation with the Kingdom of Bahrain

Japan is one of Bahrain's major trading partners. Volume of trade between Japan and Bahrain reached over 1 Billion US$ in the year 2013 despite the Dubai crisis in 2009 and the unrest in 2011. The figures of trade volume between Bahrain and Japan 2005-2013 are as follows:

Year Japan's exports
(Million US$)
Japan's imports
(Million US$)
Volume of Trade
(Million US$)
2005 430 317 747
2006 540 538 1,078
2007 676 430 1,106
2008 932 415 1,347
2009 436 524 960
2010 587 659 1,246
2011 470 723 1,193
2012 811 477 1,288
2013 764 396 1,160

Japan’s imports from Bahrain have been mainly petroleum products and aluminium, and Bahrain’s major imports from Japan have been machinery and equipment, and transport equipment.

Japanese Residents in the Kingdom of Bahrain

The number of Japanese residents as of April 2012 is about 250. They have a Japanese Community Association. As of March 2014, 17 students are studying at the Japanese School established in 1984.

Bahrain-Japan Business Friendship Society

The Bahrain-Japan Business Friendship Society was established in August 2008 by leading Bahraini businessmen and Japanese companies in Bahrain in order to encourage cooperative relationships between the two countries in the economic and cultural fields.

Educational and Cultural Relationship

Educational Cooperation

Since 1994, 30 Bahraini university-graduates have gone to Japan for higher studies on the basis of the Japanese Government Scholarship and among them 6 are still studying in Japan (as of April 2014).

The Japanese Studies Centre at the University of Bahrain

Japanese language evening courses have been provided by the Ministry of Educations since 1990 and morning courses at the University of Bahrain since 1991 with the help of the Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund. The Japanese Studies Centre opened in the year 2000 at the University of Bahrain.

Ship for World Youth Leaders (SWYLs) Program

Total 116 Bahraini youths have participated in the Ship for World Youth Leaders (SWYLs) Program (Former SWY Program) since 1998. They established the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association / Bahrain in March, 2000. They have been quite active in promoting cultural programs and friendship between the two countries.

Cultural Cooperation

  • October 2003, demonstration of OKINAWAN traditional music, dance and Karate on the occasion of the 12th Bahrain international music festival
  • December 2003, Le Club Basheraf (Arab music concert by Japanese musicians)
  • May 2004, flower arrangement demonstration
  • November 2004, Japanese Drum Performance by "Leonald Eto and Leo Project Ensemble"
  • February 2006, Karate demonstration
  • April 2006, Poetry recital by Madoka Mayuzumi
  • January 2007, Japanese traditional music concert
  • June2007, Origami workshop
  • March 2008, Piano Recital by Toshiki Usui
  • May 2008, Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony demonstration by Kyoko Horie
  • February 2009, Japanese economist lecture by Prof. Haruo Shimada
  • February 2010, Ikebana demonstration at the Bahrain International Garden Show 2010
  • March 2010, Koh-do(Japanese Art of Appreciating Incense) demonstration
  • May 2010, Japan Film Festival 2010
  • January 2011, Japan Film Festival 2011
  • February 2011, IAI-JUTSU demonstration by Masato Matsuura
  • January 2012, Ikebana demonstration at the Bahrain International Garden Show 2012
  • February 2012, Exhibition "Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006" organized by the Japan Foundation
  • March 2012, Japanese Traditional Drum Performance "Eitetsu Hayashi TAIKO LEGEND-Heart Beat from Japan" organized by the Japan Foundation
  • November 2012, Japan Film Festival 2012
  • February 2013, Exhibition "The Dolls of Japan" organized by the Japan Foundation
  • November 2013, Japan Film Festival 2013
  • November 2013, Japanese tea ceremonies by Ms. Makiko SEN and Mr. Koichiro IZUMI(Urasenke)
  • March 2014, Exhibition "Makie - The Beauty of Gold Japanese Lacquer -"
  • November 2014, Japanese Pop Culture Festival 2014

Nomura Bahrain-Japan Friendship Fund

Established by the Nomura Security Company in June 1990 in order to strengthen bilateral relations through cultural and academic assistance.

Exchange of Visits Between Japan and the Kingdom of Bahrain

Significant visits from Japan to the Kingdom of Bahrain

Nov. 1994 T.I.H. Crown Prince and Princess Official visit
Jun. 2005 H.E. Mr. Kastuyuki Kawai Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Nov. 2005 H.E. Mr. Katutoshi Kaneda Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Jan. 2006 H.E. Mr. Fumio Kyuma Chairman of General Council, Liberal Democratic Party
Jul. 2006 H.E. Mr. Taro Kimura Senior Vice-Minister for Defence
Oct. 2006 H.E. Mr. Takeshi Iwaya Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dec. 2006 H.E. Ms. Yuriko Koike Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
Jul. 2007 H.E. Mr. Kazunori Tanaka Senior Vice-Minister for Finance
Sep. 2007 H.E. Mr. Itsunori Onodera Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Dec. 2007 H.E. Ms. Yuriko Koike Former Minister of Defence
Oct. 2007 H.E. Mr. Minoru Terada Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Apr. 2008 H.E. Mr. Tsutomu Takebe Chairman, Parliamentary Friendship League
Jul. 2008 H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Okuda Special Envoy of the Prime Minister
Jul. 2008 The Hon. Ryotaro Tanose Former Senior Vice-Minister for Finance, Member of the House of Representative
Dec. 2008 H.E. Mr. Ryota Takeda Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Dec. 2008 H.E. Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi Former Minister of Defence
Feb. 2009 The Hon. Gen Nakatani,
The Hon. Shigeki Sato,
The Hon. Katsuhito Asano
Project Team of the Ruling Party for Counter Piracy
Mar. 2009 H.E. Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
May 2009 H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda Special Envoy of the Prime Minister (Former Prime Minister)
Dec. 2009 H.E. Mr. Kazuya Shinba Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister of Defense
Dec. 2010 H.E. Mr. Hajime Hirota Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense
May 2012 H.E. Mr. Mitsu Shimojo Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense
Jun. 2012 Vice Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano Commander in Chief, Self Defense Force
May. 2013 H.E. Mr. Yasuo Fukuda the former Prime Minister of Japan
Aug. 2013 H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe the Prime Minister of Japan
Dec. 2013 Lieutenant General Goro Matsumura Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Self Defense Force
Jan. 2014 H.E. Mr. Toru Doi Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Significant visits from the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan

Oct. 1991 H.H. Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa The late Amir (private visit)
Oct. 2004 H.E. Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nov. 2005 H.E. Mr. Rasheed Mohammed Al-Maraj Governor, Bahrain Monetary Agency
Jun. 2006 H.E. Mr. Rasheed Mohammed Al-Maraj Governor, Bahrain Monetary Agency
Mar. 2007 H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Ebrahim Al-Khalifa Assistant Undersecretary, Ministry of Information
Aug. 2007 H.E. Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa President, General Organization for Youth and Sports
Nov. 2007 Maj. Gen. Abdul Latif Al-Zayani Chief of Public Security, Ministry of Interior
Feb. 2008 H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mar. 2008 Dr. Jasim Husain Member of the Council of Representatives
Jun. 2008 H.E. Mr. Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Dahrani Chairman of the Council of Representatives
Oct. 2008 H.H. Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Crown Prince and the Chairman of Economic Development Board
Oct. 2008 H.E. Shaikh Hussam bin Isa Al-Khalifa Advisor, Prime Minister's Court
Nov. 2009 H.E. Mr. Rasheed Mohamed Al-Maraj Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain
Nov. 2009 Mr. Nasser M.J.Al-Arayedh Deputy President of Bahrain-Japan Business Friendship Society
Feb. 2010 H.E. Shaikh Daij bin Salman Bin Daij Al-Khalifa Chairman of the General Organization of Sea Ports and Undersecretary of Ministry of Finance
Feb. 2011 H.E. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa Minister of Interior
Apr. 2012 H.M. King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa King of the Kingdom of Bahrain
(Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Royal Court, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Minister of Energy, Minister of Education and others)
Oct. 2012 H.E. Mr. Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa,
H.E. Mr. Rasheed Mohamed Al Maraj
Minister of Finance
Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain
Mar. 2013 H.R.H. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of Bahrain Defense Force, and First Deputy Prime Minister
(Accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Transportation and others)
Sep. 2013 H.H. Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa The Fourth Son of H.M. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Feb. 2014 H.E. Dr. Salah bin Ali Abdulrahman Minister of Human Rights