Political cooperation

Japan recognized the Independence of Uzbekistan on December 28, 1991. The diplomatic relations were established on January 26, 1992.

Over the past period the President of Republic of Uzbekistan I.A.Karimov visited Japan three times (1994, 2002 and 2011) and in August 2006 Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi visited Uzbekistan. In October 2015 Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe visited Uzbekistan

The main legal documents that regulate bilateral relations are the Joint Statement of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Japan (May 17, 1994) and the Joint Statement on Friendship, Strategic Partnership and Cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and Japan (July 29, 2002). During the official visit of the President I.A.Karimov to Japan on February 8-10, 2011 there were signed 22 documents in total.

Inter-parliamentary ties are being actively developed through various forums with the participation of the parliamentary leagues of friendship “Japan Parliamentary League of Friendship with Uzbekistan” and “Democratic Party of Japan - Uzbekistan”.

Political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of two countries have been held on regular basis since 2002 and the recent round was held in March, 2016 in Tokyo.

Uzbekistan and Japan cooperate in solving various international issues and have similar views on many problems of global politics. Uzbekistan supports the entry of Japan into the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Cooperation in the framework of the Dialogue «Central Asia plus Japan» initiated by Tokyo in 2004 is an important mechanism to develop bilateral relations. On August 7, 2010 the Third foreign ministers meeting with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan K.Okada was held in Tashkent. On July 16, 2014 the delegation of Uzbekistan participated in the Fifth foreign ministers meeting of “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue in Bishkek.