The friendly relations, which started with the visit of Ottoman Empire's Ertugrul Frigate to Japan and the disaster following the visit, will reach its 120th anniversary in 2010.

Not only the Ertugrul Frigate Disaster but also several historical incidents such as the rescue of Japanese people by a Turkish Airlines plane during Iran-Iraq War that symbolize the friendship between two countries are frequently mentioned. What is common in those two incidents is the courage and fidelity that the ancestors of the two nations displayed under difficult circumstances without expecting any return.