TONGA – JAPAN RELATIONS

TONGA – JAPAN

Relations between the Kingdom of Tonga and Japan are founded on the mutual and friendly ties that exist between the Imperial Family of Japan and the Royal Family of Tonga.

On the historic occasion of the Coronation of His Majesty King Tupou VI on 4th July 2015, the people of Tonga were honoured by the gracious presence of Their Imperial Highnesses The Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan.

Links between Tonga and Japan date back almost 100 years. In 2015 our two countries celebrated 45 years of diplomatic relations since they were first established in 1970.

Relations between our countries in the political, economic and social spheres have been further strengthened by government visits and exchanges of ministers, senior officials and people-to-people exchanges.

Soroban is taught in Tongan primary schools and an annual competition is held. A Japanese language speech contest takes place annually between high schools. Education exchanges continue in the form of scholarships for Tongan students. Collaboration in the health field culminated in the completion of the Vaiola Hospital in Tonga, and the Malimali (SPMT) dental pediatric care programs have continued for over twenty years. In addition, JICA volunteers give invaluable assistance in various sectors of Tongan life.

Sports have also played an important role for more than thirty years in fostering relations between our countries. Talented rugby players from Tonga have played for Japan, and our country is the second from outside Japan to compete in the national sumo tournaments.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga continues to represent and advance diplomatic relations between Tonga and Japan.