President of Djibouti Hassan Gouled Aptidon made state visits to Japan in 1995 and 1998. Aptidon later made a second visit to Japan in 1998 for TICAD-II. President Ismail Omar Guelleh also made a state visit to Japan in September 2003 and 19-22 December 2010.
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has maintained an overseas military base in Djibouti since 2011. Japanese forces in Djibouti are tasked with escort ships and combat piracy on the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. The MSDF personnel has been operating in Djibouti since 2009, sharing facilities with American forces also stationed in Djibouti at Camp Lemonnier until the establishment of their own base in 2011.
- "Japan-Djibouti Relations (Basic Data)". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- “Japan and the World - Djibouti Special 2015,” p.10
- Ali, Ahmed Araita. "President's visit reinforces the strategic partnership between Japan and Djibouti" (PDF). The Japan Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Martin, Alex (2 July 2011). "First overseas military base since WWII to open in Djibouti". The Japan Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
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