Japan–Kosovo relations

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Japanese–Kosovar relations
Map indicating locations of Japan and Kosovo



Japanese–Kosovar relations are foreign relations between Japan and Kosovo[a]. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008 and Japan recognised it on 18 March 2008.[1] In June 2009, Japan assigned a resident ambassador to Kosovo.[2] According to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Kosovo established diplomatic relations on February 25, 2009.


Japanese Foreign Minister Yōhei Kōno was the first Japanese official to visit Kosovo, with said visit taking place in 1999. In 2004, Kosovar Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi visited Japan.[3]

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a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.