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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • POLITICS

  • 6 March 2019

    Exactly one hundred years ago, on March 6th 1919, Japanese government decided to recognize the independence of reborn Poland and the cabinet of Prime Minister Paderewski.

    It marked the beginning of  official diplomatic relations between two states. The decision was delivered on March 22nd by Matsui Keishiro, Japanese Ambassador in Paris, to Roman Dmowski, a leader of Poland. Japan has thereby joined the group of political powers acknowledging Polish independence. USA was the first state in that group, from the end of January 1919, following by France, Great Britain and Italy from February 24th-27th.

    In the aftermath of the recognition, in 1921,  Japanese Embassy in Warsaw was established and Kawakami Toshitsune became the first envoy to Poland for the next year and a half (from May 1921 until January 1923).  Whereas the first Polish envoy to Japan, Józef Targowski, served in Tokyo from August 12th 1920 until January 1921.

    In the interwar period Poland and Japan maintained mutual diplomatic, economic and military relations, including intelligence cooperation over USSR. E.g. Polish and Japanese were working jointly on breaking Soviet codes, which is not well-known fact nowadays. The sign of a good mutual relation in the interwar period was the decision to transform both legations into embassies on October 1st, 1937.

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