What was the name of the war ship sunk near Japan? The one whose soldiers were rescued by the Japanese? Well, after that, I don't know we had any relations other than the mundane. As of today, Japan is an exporter of goods, we are an importer. We have Japanese classes in some technical universities (some of my friends took them as extra, where I took history of art). Our kids watch Japanase cartoons. We have some Japanese tourists come for culture tourism. So, it seems, we are mostly at the receiving end of those relations. Maybe, with time, when/if Japanese take an interest in Turkish history and culture, we may start sending goods and people. Oh, and there was the Last Samurai the series of course. With Richard Chamberlain? We had learned quite a few Japanese words then.