Taoiseach Visits Japan
Taoiseach Micheál Martin highlights the Global Ireland ambition for the Asia-Pacific Region.
Ireland and Japan share valued cultural, economic and people-to-people links.
The friendship between our countries is strengthening all the time.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin visited Japan on 19 - 21 July 2022 to explore ways to further deepen links between our countries.
Ireland values its relationship with Japan.
Japan is Ireland’s third largest trading partner outside the EU. Trade between Ireland and Japan stands at approximately €16 billion annually.
Japan continues to be the largest source of inward foreign direct investment into Ireland from the Asia/ Pacific region. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 Japanese people are employed by innovative Irish companies in Japan.
On his visit, the Taoiseach met with Prime Minister Kishida. As well as discussing opportunities to work closely together, the Taoiseach expressed the deep sympathies of the Irish people on the recent shocking killing of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan and Ireland are like-minded countries, valuing democracy, prosperity and the rule of law.
The Taoiseach also visited Singapore, a place approximately 5,000 Irish citizens call home.
Both Ireland and Singapore are small, advanced, open economies that act as gateways to their respective regions.
This was an important visit at a critical time as we look to further strengthen the links between Ireland and the region.