On September 7, 2022, the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) together with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) and the Embassy of Japan to Georgia organized the public discussion – “Thirty Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Georgia and Japan.” The event was held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Dr. Mariam BIBILASHVILI, affiliated researcher of the Special Program in Japanese and Eurasian Studies at the University of Tsukuba, presented her policy paper exploring the evolution of diplomatic relations between Japan and Georgia over the past three decades. The paper argues that the main obstacle on this path is that Georgia still needs to strengthen its capability to provide a favorable environment to Japanese businesses and establish its credibility as a trustworthy actor in the Japan-EU connectivity process.

The discussion was opened by the Ambassador of Japan to Georgia, H.E. IMAMURA Akira and was followed by the remarks of the invited speakers from Japan and Georgia: Dr. HIGASHINO Atsuko (Professor, Graduate School of Business Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba), Dr. MAEDA Hirotake (Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tokyo Metoropolitan University), Ambassador Vano MACHAVARIANI, (Former Ambassador, Georgian Embassy to Japan).