Diplomatic relations with Japan were reestablished in 1952. They have been maintained at Ambassador's level. Both countries' Ambassadors are resident in Tokyo and Belgrade, respectively.
Serbian Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Mr. Ivan Mrkić, presented his Letters of Credence to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito on October 25th 2006. Ambassador of Japan to Serbia, H.E. Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, presented his Letters of Credence to the President of Serbia on February 13, 2009..
Republic of Serbia and Japan maintain friendly relations and cooperation. Political dialogue has been strengthened through exchange of numerous visits of high ranking officials from both countries. Serbia considers Japan one of its most important partners in Asia. It highly appreciates Japan’s support and assistance to the strengthening of democratic institutions, social reforms and economic recovery of Serbia. Japan is one of the biggest donors to the Republic of Serbia, whose donations exceed 200 milion USD.
Recent visit exchanges between hingh ranking officials of the two countries
From Serbia to Japan:
- February 2001 Visit by Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic;
- May 2003 Visit by Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic;
- November 2003 Visits by Minister for Foreign Economic Relations, Goran Pitic, and Finance Minister, Bozidar Djelic;
- 5-6 April 2004 Participation of Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic and International Economic Cooperation Minister Branko Lukovac at the Ministerial conference on strengthening peace and economic development in the Western Balkans, held in Tokyo;
- September 2004 Political consultations of Deputy Foreign Minister Predrag Boskovic in Tokyo;
- October 2005 Visit by Minister of Finance Mladjan Dinkic;
- September 2006 Participation of the Minister of Science and Environment Protection dr Aleksandar Popovic in the international conference “Science and Technology in Society“, held in Kyoto, and separate meetings with the State Minister for Science and Technology Policy Mr. Iwao Matsuda, as well as with the Japanese officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Japan Agency for International Cooperation in Tokyo;
- October 2007 Participation of dr Ana Pesikan, Minister of Science of the Republic of Serbia, in the international conference “Science and Technology in Society“, held in Kyoto, and separate meetings with the State Minister for Science and Technology Policy Mr. Fumio Kishida and other officials;
- November 2007 Visit of dr Aleksandar Popovic, Minister of Energy and Mining and meetings with high officials from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JICA and other institutions;
- December 2007 Visit of the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, headed by Assistant Minister Ambassador Cedomir Radojkovic, for talks with Mr. Chikahito Harada, Director General for European Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The Delegation was also received by the Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Masakatsu Koike;
- October 2008 Participation of Dr. Snežana Pajović, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of Serbia, in the "Science and Technology Forum" in Kyoto;
- April 2009 Visit of Mr. Božidar Đelić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technological Development;
- October 2009 Participation of Mr. Božidar Đelić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Technological Development in the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto;
- October 2009 Official visit of Mr. Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia;
- June 2010 Visit of Mr. Zdravko Ponos, Assistant Foreign Minister and Mrs. Bojana Adamovic Dragovic, Head of the Asia, Australia and Pacific Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, for regular political consultations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
From Japan to Serbia:
April 2001 Visit by Deputy Foreign Minister Ryozo Kato;
July 2001 Visit by Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka;
January 2002 Visit by the delegation of the Parliamentary League of Friendship headed by its Chairman Mr. Ichiro Aisawa;
January 2004 Visit by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Ichiro Fujisaki;
April 2005 Visit by the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Itsunori Onodera;
May 2005 Visit by the Parlaimentary Secretary for Finance Ryotaro Tanose;
May 2006 Visit by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Akiko Yamanaka;
November 2008 Visit of Director for Central and South-Eastern European Countries Atsushi Kaifu for political consultations;
March 2009 Visit of Mr. Seiichi Nagatsuka, Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA);
May 2009 Visit by Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yasutoshi Nishimura.
Upon the normalization of relations with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 20 May 1997, the two countries exchanged letters confirming that all bilateral treaties and international agreements which had been concluded and effective between former Yugoslavia and Japan, continue to be in force. The letters of similar content were exchanged following the independence of Montenegro, confirming that all bilateral treaties and international agreements signed between the state union of Serbia and Montenegro and Japan are effective between the Republic of Serbia and Japan. Among the agreements effective between the two countries are the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation, signed in 1968, the Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology, signed in 1981, and the Agreement on Tecnical Cooperation, signed in 2005.
However, although the Agreement on the Waiver of a Visa Requirement for Holders of All Passports is still valid, Japan has unilaterally introduced visas for citizens from Serbia.
1. Parliamentary League of Friendship Japan - Serbia
2. Japan - Serbia Association
3. Japan-Serbia Cultural Exchange Association
Parliamentary League of Friendship
Parliamentary League of Friendship was officially established in the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan on December 12, 2000. It succeeded the Study Group for Yugoslavia, which existed in the Parliament from 1998. The President of the League is Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, member of Liberal Democratic Party and Chairman of the Committee on Budget of the House of Representatives. The League consists of the members of both House of Representatives and House of Councilors, from the Liberal Democratic, New Komeito, as well as from the Democratic Party of Japan.
The Republic of Serbia decorates ambassadors and diplomats of Japan to Serbia, as well as other personalities from Japan, for their extraordinary achievements in promoting friendship and bilateral relations in various fields.
Noriaki Owada, former Ambassador of Japan to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1998 – 2001), was decorated the Yugoslav Star of the First Degree on 31st of October 2002 in Tokyo.
Koiichiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO, was awarded in 2004 with the Order of Vuk Karadžić of First Degree, for personal contribution and achievements in support for presevation of Serbian cultural heritage, especially in Kosovo and Metohija.
Yoshiki Mine, former ambassador of Japan to Serbia and Montenegro (2001-2003), was bestowed with the Yugoslav Star of the First Degree on April 6, 2004 in Tokyo.
Ryuichi Tanabe, former ambassador of Japan to Serbia and Montenegro (2003 to 2005) was decorated The Yugoslav Star of the First Degree in Belgrade.
Kazuo Tanaka, professor and interpreter, was awarded with the Order of Vuk Karadžić of Second Degree on April 26th, 2006 in Tokyo, for his overall work in the field of translation of Serbian literature into Japanese language and significant contribution in strenghtening cultural ties between the two countries.