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Japan–Turkey relations


Japan–Turkey relations

Japanese–Turkish relations
Map indicating locations of Japan and Turkey



Japanese–Turkish relations are foreign relations between Japan and Turkey. Japan has an embassy in Ankara and a consulate-general in Istanbul. Turkey has an embassy in Tokyo.


  • History 1
  • Political relations 2
  • Economic relations 3
  • Visits 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The Japanese Cruiser Kongō in Istanbul, 1891, following the Ertuğrul incident, by Luigi Acquarone (1800-1896).

Relations between the two countries started in the 19th century. A foundational event was the Ertuğrul incident in 1890. The Turkish frigate Ertuğrul sank off the coast of Wakayama, Japan, after having an audience with Emperor Meiji. The surviving sailors were taken back to Istanbul by two Japanese frigates.

While Turkey had declared war on Japan in February 1945, it was entirely symbolic.[1] So in 1985, the almost century old gesture of kindness was reciprocated during the

Following the founding of the Republic of Turkey, diplomatic relations were established in 1924 and first embassies were opened in 1925.[3]

Japan was also involved in a plot with Young Turk exiles to set up a puppet state in Central Asia with a former Ottoman Prince as its monarch in the 1930s. During the Kumul Rebellion some Japanese secret agents were captured.

2010 marked the 120th anniversary of Turko-Japanese relations. In this year, Turkey held the "Japan Year 2010 in Turkey." On July 10, 2010, Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of the emperor, attended the opening ceremony of the Kaman Kalehöyük Archaeological Museum. The museum was built with funding from Japan. The prince has often engaged himself actively to promote Japanese-Turkish relations.

Political relations

Turkey and Japan are both members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and Japan is an observer.

There are 10,000 Turkish citizens living in Japan, constituting an important aspect of Turkey's relations with Japan.[4]

Economic relations


See also


  2. ^ Japan-Turkey Relations
  3. ^ Turkey´s Political Relations with Japan / Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. ^ "Japonya Türk Toplumu (Turkish Community of Japan)" (in Turkish). Embassy of Turkey in Japan. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 

External links

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: Japan-Turkey relations
  • Japanese embassy in Ankara
  • Japanese consulate-general in Istanbul
  • Turkish embassy in Tokyo
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