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Establishing of Diplomatic Relations and Interwar Development

  Official establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Czechoslovakia was preceded by quite intensive cooperation regarding to Czechoslovak legions in Soviet Russia. Japan provided Czech troops mainly with material and transport support. The legion representation of Czechoslovakia was e

Official establishment of diplomatic ties between Japan and Czechoslovakia was preceded by quite intensive cooperation regarding to Czechoslovak legions in Soviet Russia. Japan provided Czech troops mainly with material and transport support. The legion representation of Czechoslovakia was established in Tokyo in September 1918. It was headed by Vaclav Nemec and his activity was defined analogously to the post of military attaché but he was technically only a delegate of the Czech National Council.

Official diplomatic relations were established 12th January 1920 when Karel Pergler obtained an agrément and thus became the first Czechoslovak envoy in Japan. Japanese mission was opened 17th October 1921 in Prague and Harukazu Nagaoka was designated as the first Japanese envoy in Czechoslovakia. Japanese Consulate Honorary was established in Prague in 1927.

A visit of Emperor's brother prince Takamatsu with his wife could be perceived as a formal peak of interwar political relations of both countries. Nevertheless the bilateral relations within this period took place mainly on the commercial level.

The text is, among others, based on the Jan Levora's article which was published in Information Bulletin "Ten years of Czech-Japanese Relations" of Embassy of Japan in the Czech republic.