Djibouti–Japan relations

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Djibouti–Japan relations
Map indicating locations of Djibouti and Japan



Djibouti–Japan relations are bilateral relations between Djibouti and Japan. Djibouti has an embassy in Tokyo whilst Japan has an embassy in Djibouti City.


On 27 June 1977, Japan recognized Djibouti as a sovereign state.[1] Diplomatic ties between Djibouti and Japan were established in 1978.[2] The Djiboutian government established an embassy in Tokyo.

State visits[edit]

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.[1][3]

Military ties[edit]

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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Japan-Djibouti Relations (Basic Data)". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Japan and the World - Djibouti Special 2015,” p.10
  3. ^ Ali, Ahmed Araita. "President's visit reinforces the strategic partnership between Japan and Djibouti" (PDF). The Japan Times. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ 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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