Japan-Peru Relations

May 3, 2023
Minister Hayashi and President Boluarte who shake hands with a smile facing straight at a camera
Minister Hayashi and President Boluarte who have a talk after having a seat

On May 3, commencing at 11:35 a.m. (local time; 1:35 a.m. on May 4 JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Lima, Peru, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Ms. Dina Boluarte, President of the Republic of Peru. The outline is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi, noting the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Peru this year, expressed his pleasure at the progress of relations in a number of fields, including the political, economic, development cooperation, and cultural areas, between the two countries as "strategic partners" that share traditional friendship, values and principles. In response, President Boluarte welcomed Minister Hayashi's visit to Peru and expressed her desire to strengthen the bilateral relations further on the occasion of the 150th anniversary.
  2. Minister Hayashi stated that approximately 100,000 members of the Nikkei (Japanese immigrants and descendants) community and 50,000 Peruvians living in Japan form a strong bond between the two countries and we would like to cherish them. In response, President Boluarte stated that the presence of Nikkei in Peru is important for the country and has contributed to the enhancement of the bilateral relations.
  3. Minister Hayashi stated that Japan, as the G7 presidency this year, attaches great importance to listening to a wide range of voices from the international community and connecting them to discussions at the G7 Hiroshima Summit and other fora. In response, President Boluarte expressed her expectations for Japan's leadership in the international community and Peru's willingness to work together.
  4. Minister Hayashi stated that he and Foreign Minister Ana Gervasi exchanged views on cooperation in the international arena, including the situations in Ukraine and East Asia at the Foreign Ministers’ meeting. They reaffirmed willingness to strengthen cooperation in addressing various issues in the international community, and President Boluarte showed understanding of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)”.

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