Japanese and Palestine Relationships

Japanese and Palestine Relationships

Japanese and Palestine Relationships

Quick summary on Bi-lateral relationship between Japan and Palestine

Shinzo Abe and Mahmoud Abbas at the Enthronement of Naruhito


Palestine Liberation Organization office was opened in Tokyo in 1977.Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO and later President of the State of Palestine, paid an official visit to Japan in October 1981.Arafat paid additional four visits to Japan between 1996 and 2000.

Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama also paid a visit, the first of its kind, to the Palestinian Authority in 1995. In October 2001, former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto denied the existence of a direct link between the roots of international terrorism and the Palestinian people's struggle for their legitimate rights and called on Israel to implement international resolutions to advance the peace process.

President Mahmoud Abbas met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on October 21, 2019, and attended the enthronement ceremony of the Japanese Emperor on the following day.

Japan’s support to Palestine

Japan is actively providing assistance to the Palestinians. During the period 1993–2002, economic aid was provided, totaling US$630 million, at an annual average of US$85 million, through UNRWA, the United Nations Development Program and UNICEF.

During early July 2023, Israeli forces repeatedly attacked the Jenin refugee camp, wounding and killing innocent Palestinian civilians and destroying their homes.Around a month later, on August 15, the Government of Japan decided to provide an emergency grant aid of US$1 million through UNRWA to support the Jenin camp.