Japan and the Middle East have a complex relationship, which often calls for clear and direct communication. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the ways in which the two regions have related to one another through the years, and how correct and accurate translation helps to make all the difference when it comes to affirming international relationships.
Links between Japan and the Middle East
Japan and the Middle East have no obvious cultural, religious or historical bond, yet the two countries have become close partners. There are many reasons for this. Japan’s lack of resources make it a major importer of oil and gas, and a strong importer from Middle Eastern countries. This provides the major foothold of these country’s common purpose.
Japan preserved a neutral Middle Eastern foreign policy for many years, before switching recently to a more active role in an effort to preserve their interests throughout the region. These interests are substantial, as Japan imports over 80% of its oil from Iran. Ensuring stability in the Middle East is therefore of critical concern to the Japanese.
Factors in the Japan-Middle East Relationship
Since the Fukashima nuclear disaster, Japan has shut down all of its nuclear reactors, prompting energy bills to spike by 30%. This in turn has caused increased reliance on gas and oil, particularly from Qatar. Both countries have been keen to stress the importance of their bilateral relationship and the need to maintain stability for the good of global trade markets.
Japan appears to have a clear understanding that continued instability within the Middle East will continue to be a problematic factor and continuous challenge for their interests. Japan has offered both aggressive measures and softer tactics in an effort to provide help to the region, including humanitarian aid and diplomatic negotiation skills to help promote peace. The country maintains ties to Israel and Iran – and has remained neutral in the Syrian conflict. Whilst not widely acknowledged, Japan is one of the most significant countries to have economic interests in the Persian Gulf, and this is likely to remain the case for many years to come.
The Importance of Translation
None of the negotiations between Japan and the Middle East would be possible without great communication skills. The experts at Future Trans are adept at Middle Eastern languages and can help you with your next translation project, whether large or small. Get in touch today for a personalised quote.