Japan's foreign minister on Tuesday began an official visit to Spain that will include meetings with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Juan Carlos as part of the celebration of 400 years of bilateral relations.
Fumio Kishida's first official act after his arrival in Madrid was at the Viana Palace, where he met with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.
The two men posed for photographs displaying t-shirts with their respective surnames and the number 400.
On the ministers' agenda was a review of the agreements achieved by their governments during Rajoy's trip to Japan in October.
In keeping with Rajoy's visit to the Asian nation, the pair also launched the association for peace, growth and innovation that sets for the next five years a new framework for bilateral relations, defines areas for joint efforts and establishes the manner of contacts between the two nations, sources said.
This five-year period will last until 2018, the year in which the 150th anniversary of the friendship, trade and navigation treaty between Spain and Japan will be celebrated.
The relaunching of bilateral relations includes an "intensification" of high-level contacts beginning with Garcia-Margallo's visit to Japan in February 2013, followed last May by the visit by Spanish lawmakers while in July Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito visited Madrid. EFE