Japan-Brazil Relations

February 22, 2024
Foreign Minister Kamikawa shaking hands with Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, Brazil
Meeting between Foreign Minister Kamikawa and Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, Brazil

On February 22, commencing at 7:00 p.m. (local time; 7:00 a.m. on February 23 JST) for approximately 35 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Mauro Vieira, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa stated that she is willing to work closely together with Minister Vieira for the success of the G20 Rio de Janeiro Summit on the basis of the outcome achieved under Japan’s Presidency of the G7.
  2. Minister Kamikawa underlined the importance of “rule of law” and human dignity. Minister Kamikawa also expressed her determination to work closely with Brazil on the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East, the promotion of WPS as well as the discussion of the global governance, including the UN Security Council reform. In response, Minister Vieira stated that Brazil, along with Japan, would like to address urgent challenges in the international community and to lead UN Security Council reform, among others, in cooperation with the G4.
  3. Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan has been vigorously promoting “Women, Peace and Security (WPS)” as part of its major foreign policy, and that Japan would like to expand its network and to contribute to international discussions in cooperation with Brazil, referring to the result of the WPS Session on the occasion of the "Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction” held on February 19.
  4. Furthermore, Minister Kamikawa told that, in the field of environment and climate change, Japan would like to further strengthen partnerships with Brazil, such as triangular cooperation, on the basis of Japan-Brazil cooperation on measures against illegal deforestation in the Amazon, among others, for the success of the G20 Rio de Janeiro Summit and COP30. She also stated that Japan has determined disbursement of finance contribution of USD 3 million (411 million Japanese Yen) to the Amazon Fund, to which Brazil attaches great importance.
  5. The two Ministers affirmed their cooperation towards the enhancement of people-to-people exchange, taking advantage of the momentum provided by Brazil’s Presidency of the G20 this year, the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brazil next year, as well as the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, in which Brazil will also participate.
  6. The two Ministers also confirmed that they will continue to work closely together on the basis of discussions of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which Minister Vieira chaired.
  7. Minister Kamikawa expressed her gratitude for Brazil's sympathy for the Noto Peninsula earthquake, and presented a Kutani Ware Ceramic glass in hope for the recovery of the affected areas.

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