I have text in Polish (form Polish embassy website)
1585, when Poland was Global player and Japan was before isolation ...
1892 - 1919
First contacts, Japanese had problems with Russians, so they started to cooperate with Poles who wanted to be independent ...
Pilsudski and Dmowski visited Japan ...
1919 - 1945
Japanese were helping Poles escaping from Syberia and were providing help for them ...
(only in Polish :( form Japanese embassy website)
Poles honored Japanese soldiers who flighted in war against Russia in 1905 ...
During WWII Japanese were cooperating in espionage with Poles (against Russians and !!!GERMANS!!!) helped to save 6000 Polish jews and were providing help for Polish resistance. Durring WWII Polish priests could freely contune their activity in Japan.
here is nice article (in english) about some aspects of this cooperation (there was much more facts than in this article, I will try to find something in english).
One of these was Lt. Leszek Daszkiewicz, and he established contact with Capt. Alfons Jakubianiec in Kaunas. Meanwhile, with the completion of the German and Soviet occupation of Poland, thousands of refugees poured into Lithuania. However, the Polish legation in Kaunas closed down in protest against the handing over of Polish territory around Vilnius to Lithuania, and it was left to the British and French representatives to look after the refugees. In this they were helped by the Polish intelligence service, who soon extended their cooperation to the newly opened Japanese consulate in Kaunas, and in particular to the Vice-Consul, Sugihara Chiune.
to be continued ...
It is really hard to find some informations in English, most of articles are in Japanese or Polish. Now I will show something about present realtions.
Poland-Japan Friendship Associations:
Japan-Poland Society Kansai Center
Mr. Kazuo Fujii - professor of Kwansei Gakuin University
4-5, Najio-Minamidai, Hyogo 669-11
Japan-Poland Society Nagasaki Center
Ms. Mieko Higuchi
Nagasaki-shi, Hikomi-cho, 2-7
Tel: 0958-24-2855 (home)
Polish Culture Association in Hokkaido
Mr. Atsushi Ando
Sapporo-shi, Kita-ku, Kita 29, Jo Nishi 12-chome, 2-16, Cooperase Abe 7 -go
Tel: 011-727-1520 Fax: 011-727-1520
Japan-Poland Miyauchi Foundation
Mr. Kunio Miyauchi
178 Tokyo, Nerima-ku, Oizumi Gakuen cho 7-13-23
Tel: 03-5387-0080 Fax: 03-5387-0082
Ms. Yasuko Tasumi
Mr. Hidenori Kato
604 Kyoto-fu, Nakagyo-ku, Ebisugawa Tominokoji,
Nishihairu Kitagawa, Muro Bldg., 2F
Tel:075-231-0026 Fax: 075-212-3339
Japan Poland Friendship Association
Mr. Kenichi Seki
888-2, Higashikatakai-cho, Maebashi-city
Tel: 027-221-6-72 Fax: 027-221-6079
Friends of Poland Association
Mr. Bunji Matsushita
Ehime 790-0045 Japan
Tel/Fax: +81-89-973-0245 e-mail: email@example.com
so cooperation is current issue.
there is nice book about Poles and Japanese "Kioku suru Warushawa"
Japanese love Chopin (Polish-French composer, who wanted to take his heart after his death to Poland and it finaly happened)
they have made computer game about him (lol):
you can study Poland on Tokio University.
and Blog 27 (Polish girls band)
video from Japan
How does it look in Poland:
we have Japanese computer school in Poland:
We have a lot of websites about Japan
there is a lot of associations of Polish-Japanise friendships in Poland
example form Poznan:
and the most popular cars in Poland is Toyota ;)