Japan–Kosovo relations


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

Japanese–Kosovan

Japan

Kosovo
Diplomatic mission
Embassy of Japan, PristinaEmbassy of Kosovo, Tokyo
Envoy
Ambassador Akira Mizutanivacant

History


Dr. Sadako Ogata, the late Japanese-born UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Dr. Sadako Ogata, the late Japanese-born UN High Commissioner for Refugees, issued an official statement in November 1998, which revealed the violence and abuse that civilians in Kosovo and Metohija faced every day and an estimated 175,000 people remained displaced inside Kosovo. She demonstrated on the report a lasting commitment to protect Kosovar refugees and returnees and to seek solutions to relevant problems there.[3] In order to cease the appalling violence and to regain peace and prosperity in Kosovo as soon as possible, the Government of Japan declared in April 1999 to provide assistance to international organizations and the neighboring countries which accepted numerous Kosovar refugees, including the UNHCR, Albania and Macedonia.[4]

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, and Japan recognized it on March 18, 2008.[1] Japan is the third Asian country which recognized the Republic of Kosovo after Afghanistan and Turkey.[5]

Embassy of Kosovo was opened in Tokyo on July 16, 2010.[6] On the other hand, Japan had no embassy in Prishtina until January 1, 2020.[7]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the most long-standing Prime Minister in the entire history of Japan, proposed the launch of the Western Balkans Cooperation Initiative on his visit to several Southeast European countries in January 2018. Despite he did not visit Kosovo at that time, the scheme emphasized that Japan would strengthen bilateral assistance, support regional cooperation and establish new embassies to the Western Balkan countries including the Republic of Kosovo.[8] As a part of the initiative, two years later, Embassy of Japan was opened in Prishtina.[9]

High-level visits


Kosovar President Hashim Thaçi has visited Japan four times, as Prime Minister twice and as President twice.

High-level visits from Japan to Kosovo

High-level visits from Kosovo to Japan

(February 2000: UNMIK Special Representative Bernard Kouchner)[10]

Sports


Judo, a Japanese origin martial art, included into the Summer Olympic Games as an official sport for men in 1964 and for women in 1992.[25] Kosovo Judo Federation was accepted into the International Judo Federation and the European Judo Union in 2012.[26] Kosovar-Albanian judoka Majlinda Kelmendi achieved a great success and victory by winning the first gold medal for Kosovo at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[27]

Notes and references


Notes:

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. 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 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently (this note self-updates) recognized as an independent state by 98 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 113 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 15 later withdrew their recognition.

References:

  1. "Statement by Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura on the Recognition of the Republic of Kosovo". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  2. Japan–Kosovo Relations (Basic Data) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  3. UNHCR - Statement by Mrs. Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to the Humanitarian Issues Working Group of the Peace Implementation Council, Geneva, 20 November 1998
  4. Japan’s Contribution to the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  5. Countries That Have Recognized Kosovo As An Independent State – Be In Kosovo
  6. About Embassy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Embassy of Republic of Kosovo in Tokyo
  7. About us | Embassy of Japan to Kosovo
  8. Western Balkans Cooperation Initiative Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  9. Japan opens its doors to Kosovo (Japonia hap dyert e saj për Kosovën) Radio Evropa e Lirë
  10. Japan–Kosovo Relations Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, dated June 2009
  11. President Jahjaga received the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Kazuyuki Hamada President of the Republic of Kosovo
  12. President Thaçi met the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Manabu Horii President of the Republic of Kosovo
  13. President Thaçi received the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan President of the Republic of Kosovo
  14. Visit to Japan by H.E. Mr. Enver Hoxhaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  15. Visit to Japan by H.E. Mr. Hashim THAÇI, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  16. Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masaji Matsuyama met with H.E. Mr. Bernard NIKAJ, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of Kosovo and H.E. Mr. Valdrin Lluka, Chief Executive at Investment Promotion Agency of Kosovo (松山外務副大臣とニカイ・コソボ貿易・産業副大臣及びルーカ・コソボ投資促進庁長官との会談) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  17. Kosovo donates crystal to Hiroshima Getty Images
  18. Japan–Kosovo Summit Meeting Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  19. The visit in Japan of the First Deputy-Prime Minister - Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, as well as the Economic Development Minister Mr. Valdrin Lluka concludes Embassy of Kosovo in Japan
  20. President of Kosovo's Assembly visits Speaker Oshima House of Representatives of Japan
  21. Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with H.E. Mr. Kadori Veseli, Chairman of the Assembly of Kosovo (河野外務大臣とヴェセリ・コソボ議会議長との会談) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  22. Japan–Kosovo Summit Meeting Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  23. President Thaçi travels to Japan, attends the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito President of the Republic of Kosovo
  24. Japan–Kosovo Summit Meeting Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  25. Olympics: Martial Arts Britannica
  26. Pickering, Mark (November 8, 2016). "IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer honoured as Kosovo celebrates 2nd Anniversary of IOC membership". International Judo Federation. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  27. Olympics Rio 2016: Majlinda Kelmendi wins judo gold to become first Kosovo medallist Eurosport

See also