Japan-Brazil Relations

Japan-Brazil Summit Meeting

June 29, 2019

  • Japan-Brazil Summit Meeting1
  • Japan-Brazil Summit Meeting2
  • Japan-Brazil Summit Meeting3

On June 29, commencing at around 12:00 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Summit Meeting with H.E. Mr. Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, during his visit to Japan to attend the G20 Osaka Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Bolsonaro’s visit to Japan and expressed his pleasure to meet President Bolsonaro again since the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in January 2019. President Bolsonaro stated that fruitful discussions were held in Davos and expressed his pleasure to meet Prime Minister Abe again.
  2. Regarding bilateral relations, Prime Minister Abe praised President Bolsonaro’s efforts for reforms and noted his intention to further promote trade and investment between the two countries, making use of bilateral dialogue frameworks including the Japan-Brazil Meeting for Cooperation on Infrastructure Improvements and the Japan-Brazil Joint Committee for Promotion of Trade, Investments and Industrial Cooperation. Prime Minister Abe welcomed deepening cooperation not only in the economy, but also in a wide range of other areas such as security, disaster risk reduction, environmental conservation, criminal justice, education, and supports for displaced persons from Venezuela. The two leaders also shared the view that the community of Japanese immigrants and descendants (Nikkei) in Brazil fulfill a significant role as a bridge connecting the two countries.
  3. With regard to the Osaka Summit, Prime Minister Abe requested President Bolsonaro’s cooperation for the G20 to unite and send out a strong message focusing on the growth of the global economy. The two leaders confirmed their cooperation on holding a successful Summit.
  4. The two leaders shared the view on further advancing cooperation between Japan and Brazil in wide-ranging areas.
[Reference 1] Japan-Brazil Meeting for Cooperation on Infrastructure Improvements
With the aim of promoting the introduction of Japanese quality infrastructure in Brazil, the first meeting was held in August 2017 attended by members of both the public and private sectors of the two countries. The third meeting was held on June 11, 2019. From Japan, the meeting was attended by governmental agencies, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; and Japan International Cooperation Agency; and many Japanese companies. 
[Reference 2] Japan-Brazil Joint Committee for Promotion of Trade, Investments and Industrial Cooperation
The Joint Committee was established in 2008 as a forum where the Japanese business community may raise business environment issues to the Government of Brazil for promoting trade and investment. It is comprised of members headed by the vice ministers of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the Ministry of Economy of Brazil.