Japan recognized independent Georgia in April 1992 and established diplomatic relations in August of the same year. The Embassy of Japan in Tbilisi was opened in January 2009, until then relations with Georgia were covered through the Embassy either in Russia or Azerbaijan.
Georgian people in general are very friendly towards Japanese and the relations between Japan and Georgia are very good. High level official visits are organized on a regular basis, including the visits of the President Saakashvili in 2007 and Foreign Minister Panjikidze in 2013 . Regular consultation meetings between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both countries are also ongoing.
Japan and Georgia closely cooperate within the framework of the United Nations and other various international organizations. Georgia, together with Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, is a founding member of GUAM, an international organization aiming at further democratization and market economy. Japan has been contributing to GUAM in the field of promoting energy efficiency, trade and investment, as well as tourism.
Economic and trade relations between Japan and Georgia are not so active at this moment. On the other hand, the Georgian government, actively pursuing liberal economy and trade, had opened Free Industrial Zones in Poti and Kutaisi. Negotiations with the EU on concluding the Association Agreement, the main element of which is the establishment of the free trade zone, are also underway. Furthermore, Georgia is well known after the Rose Revolution in 2003 as a country with little corruption. Taking into consideration these positive factors, Georgia has a great potential to become an attractive country for the Japanese investment in the future.
In August 2008, the Japan-Georgia Economic Committee was established in order to further promote economic and trade relations between the two countries.