First Japanese Embassy in Seychelles officially opened

Japan officially opened an embassy in Seychelles with the aim of strengthening relations between the two countries in a special ceremony at Eden Bleu on November 8, 2019.

It is said that the opening of a Japanese Embassy in the heart of one of the smallest capitals in the world represents a new chapter in the diplomatic relations between Seychelles and Japan.

Seychelles and Japan established diplomatic relations in 1976 and Meriton said that “over the years, our collaboration has flourished to cover fields such as fisheries, education, tourism, disaster management and maritime security.

The newly accredited Ambassador of Japan to Seychelles is H.E. Ryoichi Horie said: The opening of this office is another great step towards strengthening the cooperation between the two countries.  Japan has actively been engaged with Seychelles to combat piracy, maritime crime and has even provided facilities to the fishery industry, and will continue to do so with the opening of this new embassy.

The latest Japanese grant of $7 million was signed last month.

The grant will fund projects aimed at improving maritime security. These include the reconstruction of the Anti-Narcotics Bureau headquarters at Perseverance, a man-made island, specialised equipment and high-speed patrol boats for the maritime police unit and a facility for the storage of marine vessels confiscated as exhibits during operations also falls under the grant.

In thanking the Japanese government, Meriton said that Japan “remains a steadfast partner in the implementation of our Blue Economy Strategy which brings together all sectors in the sustainable use of our ocean resources.”

He also applauded continuous support on the international scene given by Japan to Seychelles on matters critical to the survival of Small Island Developing States such as climate change and environmental degradation.

Address: Japanese Embassy in Victoria, Seychelles

5th floor of the Maison Esplanade,

Francis Rachel Street

capital Victoria

Head of Mission: Makoto Tominaga




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