26 January marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our Republic and the Country of the rising sun. 26 January 1992 marked the beginning of a fruitful cooperation between our countries, when the foreign ministers of the two states exchanged letters.
Japan is an important strategic partner of Uzbekistan. Bilateral relations are consolidated on the basis of the Joint statement on friendship, strategic partnership and cooperation, dated 29 July 2002, and the Joint statement on deepening and expanding strategic partnership dated 25 October 2015, according to IA "Jahon".
Active political dialogue at the highest level, based on trust, openness and mutual respect, contributes to deepening the cooperation between the two countries. In particular, the official visit of the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov in Japan in February 2011 and the official visit of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in our country in October 2015 raised the relations between the states to a higher level and enriched them with new content.
Positive dynamics also concerns inter-parliamentary relations. “Japanese parliamentary League of friendship with Uzbekistan” and the League of friendship "Democratic party of Japan – Uzbekistan" are established and operating in the legislature of Japan, while the parliamentary group "Oliy Majlis - Parliament of Japan" operate in Uzbekistan.
A number of regular consultations are held between the foreign ministries of the two countries, the 16th round of them was held on 24 March
Effective communication is also carried out in the framework of international organizations. Adhering to similar positions on topical issues of global and regional importance, the two states support international initiatives and the candidacy of each other at the representative bodies of multilateral institutions. Relations are actively developed in the format "Central Asia + Japan".
An important component of bilateral relations is related to mutually beneficial trade-economic cooperation. For the first 9 months of 2016, the bilateral trade turnover had exceeded $200m. 13 offices of the Japanese companies and 10 joint ventures successfully operate in Uzbekistan, among them Isuzu, Itochu, Toyota Tsusho, Marubeni, Mitsubishi, JOGMEC (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation).
Japan is one of the largest investors in the Uzbek economy. The total amount of funds allocated to our Republic today exceeds $4.1b.
Due to the financial and technical assistance of Japan, a number of socially significant and infrastructure projects have been implemented in the Republic, including in the areas of health, education, energy, transport, telecommunications and other areas.
Another worth to mention fact is cultural and humanitarian ties. More than 2 thousand specialists of our country passed training in Japan through JICA, in such areas as business, banking and financial sector, agriculture, transport, telecommunications, management, public health, law and tourism.
The establishment of the monument to the outstanding poet and thinker Alisher Navoi in Tokyo, the establishment of a Japanese garden in Tashkent, as well as assignment to the international caravan-saray of culture of Academy of arts of Uzbekistan the name of Japanese scientist and artist Hirayama Ikuo – all of these are a clear manifestation of mutual respect and kinship between our peoples.
After a quarter-century, the relations between Uzbekistan and Japan has entered a new phase of maturity and stability. Thanks to the common efforts of the parties. our countries look forward to further develop long-term and multifaceted cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of the two states.