Japan–Sri Lanka relations refers to the bilateral relations between the Sri Lanka and Japan.
Japan has an embassy in Colombo. Sri Lanka has an embassy in Tokyo. Diplomatic relations with Japan were established in 1952, four years after Sri Lanka gained independence from the United Kingdom. In 2012, the 60th anniversary was celebrated with the issuance of a commemorative coin.
In 2013 President Mahinda Rajapaksa completed four-day visit to Japan. During the visit, President Rajapaksa met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and had an audience with the Emperor and Empress of Japan at the Imperial Palace.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to Sri Lanka for a two-day state visit in 2014 September 07.
In 1997, Sri Lanka became a member of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) which also includes Bhutan, India, Nepal, Thailand and Myanmar. BIMSTEC is looking into a free trade agreement with Japan to boost trade, which has been declining since 2000. By 2007, only 2.4% of Sri Lanka’s total exports were to Japan, mostly tea, rubber, fish and precious stones.