Japan–Pakistan relations

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Pakistani-Japanese relations
Map indicating locations of Pakistan and Japan

Pakistan

Japan

Japan and Pakistan had established diplomatic relations on 28 April 1952. Relations between Pakistan and Japan have been strong. Despite having been through various phases and having witnessed some vicissitudes, Pakistan-Japan relations have kept growing to the mutual benefit of the two countries. Until the late 1950s, the relationship was essentially that of two developing countries. Pakistan, being the main source of raw cotton for Japan's textile industry, was one of its major trading partners. Japanese spindles on the other hand helped build Pakistan's textile industry. In the 1960s, Japan, however, re-emerged as a modern industrialized nation and started extending Yen loan assistance to Pakistan.<ref>Japan-Pakistan Relations</ref> The Japanese assistance was doubled to Pakistan following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Japan, since then, has been Pakistan's major source of economic assistance, a leading trading partner and an important source of foreign investment.

Tokyo and Islamabad have long enjoyed cordial and formidable relations throughout time. Japan's economic assistance has played a very important role in the development of Pakistan's economic and social infrastructure. The major projects, which have been funded by the Government of Japan, include the Indus Highway Project, a number of power projects in various provinces of Pakistan, Rural Roads Construction Project and the Children Hospital PIMS lslamabad Project. Presently the Kohat Tunnel Project and the Ghazi Brotha Dam Project are being completed with the help of the Japanese assistance.

There has been a regular exchange of high level visits between the two countries. Pakistan and Japan had established formal diplomatic relations on 28 April 1952. The 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, jointly celebrated by the two countries in 2002, was a significant landmark in the history of this friendship. As of 1999, There are at least 10,000 Pakistanis residing in Japan.

Both countries share extensive sporting ties.[1]

According to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, 45% of Pakistanis view Japan's influence positively, with 26% expressing a negative view.[2]

Japan's stance on Kashmir[edit]

Japanese intervention of the resolution of Kashmir issue was welcomed not only the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but the Pakistanis encouraged in a meeting with a delegation from the Japanese embassy in Islamabad, have said that the easiest way to resolve the Kashmir issue was to allow "referendum" in both parts of the divided state. The Japanese diplomats further went to say "Kashmir is dangerous not only for South Asian region but also for world peace, and that Japan and the international community has to play its role for its resolution."

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