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Bilateral Relations > Prime Minister Dato' Sri Haji Mohd. Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak visits Japan
Overview of Japan-Malaysia Relationship
 1. Introduction
    The diplomatic relationship between Japan and Malaysia was established in 1957. Since then, bilateral relations have been strengthened through the implementation of the Look East Policy, economic relations, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
     Various cultural events were held for "Japan-Malaysia Friendship Year 2007" to commerate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

2. Economic Relations
(i)Major export goods to Japan :
    Petroleum and liquefied natural gas, electronic equipment, wood and wood products 
(ii) Major import goods from Japan:
    Electronics, vehicles, machineries, iron and steel products
(iii) According to the “Trade Statistics, Ministry of Finance of Japan, the export to Japan is as follows.
    1,801.0 billion yen (approx. RM 55.21 billion) (2006)
    2,046.9 billion yen (approx. RM 55.24 billion) (2007)
    2,397.6 billion yen (approx. RM 71.79 billion) (2008)
    1,558.4 billion yen (approx. RM 54.42 billion) (2009)

    The import from Japan is as follows.
    1,537.1 billion yen (approx. RM 63.59 billion) (2006)
    1,769.0 billion yen (approx. RM 65.54 billion) (2007)
    1,705.4 billion yen (approx. RM 65.10 billion) (2008)
    1,200.1 billion yen (approx. RM 54.29 billion) (2009)

(b) Investment in Malaysia (2009)
   Investment in the manufacturing industry amounts to RM 7 billion (approximately 185.6 billion yen). Japan is the number one investor in Malaysia in 2009, followed by Hong Kong (RM 5.3billin) and USA (RM 2.3billion )

(c) Economic Cooperation
     The cumulative amount of loan aid to Malaysia up to 2007 is 969.3 billion yen, while the cumulative amount of grant aid is 12.8 billion yen.
      The amount of technical cooperation up to 2007 reaches 107.6 billion yen.
(d) Cultural and People-to People Exchanges
    People-to-people exchanges have been promoted through Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth Program and the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth program.  Japanese experts have been sent to Malaysia on various programs such as Japan Study Support program and Dispatch of Lecturers program. Various cultural performances and art exhibitions have been held occasionally to promote cross-cultural exchanges.
   Dispatch of Malaysian students to Japan is significant in promoting bilateral relations.  Currently 2,395 Malaysian students are studying in Japan (as of May, 2009 ). 

Note:  The number of Malaysian students in Japan is the 5th highest after the number of Chinese, Koreans, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese students.

(e)    Japanese Nationals Residing in Malaysia
      9,152 Japanese nationals are residing in Malaysia (as of October, 2009).

(f)    Malaysian Nationals Residing in Japan
      8,291 Malaysian nationals are residing in Japan (as of December 2008).

(g)    Major Bilateral Agreements and Arrangements
Establishment of Diplomatic relations (31 August, 1957)
Establishment of Embassy of Japan (9 September, 1957)
Agreement on Trade and Commerce (Signed on 10 May, 1960)
Agreement on Air Service (Signed on 11 February, 1965)
Agreement on Quasi-Reparation (Signed on 21 September, 1967)
Agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation (Signed on 30 January, 1970)
Postal-Order Exchange Arrangement (Signed on 18 November, 1983)
Japan-Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement (Signed on 13 December, 2005, enforced on 13 July, 2006)

(h)    Recent Visits by VIPs:
(i)    To Malaysia:
June 2008 Mr. Yoshimi Watanabe, Minister of State for Special Missions (Financial Affairs)
August 2007 Mr. Taro Nakayama, Ambassador on Special Mission to attend events on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
August 2007 Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister
July 2007 Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs
June 2006 Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress
December 2005 Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister
Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Minister for International Trade and Industry

(ii) To Japan:
December 2009 Dato’ Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education
March 2009 Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Pandikor Amin bin Haji Mulia, Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament of Malaysia
July 2008  Dato’ Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Minister of International Trade and Industry
May 2008 Dato’ Sri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister
May 2007 Dato’ Sri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister
March 2007 Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Deputy Prime Minister
July 2006 Tan Sri Rafidah binti Abdul Aziz, Minister of International Trade and Industry
June 2006 Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Deputy Prime Minister
May 2006 Dato’ Sri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister
May 2005 Dato’ Sri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister
March 2005 Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tengku Fauziah Abdul Rashid


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