Japan-Democratic Republic of the Congo Relations

Japan-Democratic Republic of the Congo Relations (Basic Data)

March 31, 2017

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • 30 June, 1960 (Date of the recognition of the State)

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: 56 (as of October 2016)

Trade with Japan (2016):

  • Exports: 1.11 billion yen (copper, wood, coffee, etc.)
  • Imports: 4.55 billion yen (car, motorcycle, medicine, synthetic fiber, tire, rice, etc.)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

VIP Visits (2001~)

From Japan to Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Year Name
Aug. 2001 Members of the House of Councilors, Mr. YANO and Mr. YAMAUCHI
Aug. 2004 Japan-Africa Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League
Dec. 2006 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masayoshi HAMADA
Jan. 2008 Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. YANO
Dec. 2008 Vice-Parliamentary Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. MINORIKAWA
Aug. 2012 Vice-Parliamentary Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Kato
Aug. 2013 Vice-Parliamentary Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. ABE
Oct. 2013 Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. SATO
Aug. 2014 Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. YAMAGIWA
From Democratic Republic of the Congo to Japan:
Year Name
Jul. 2001 Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Mr. Tumawaku
Sep. 2001 Minister of Land, Environment and Tourism, Mr. Banmuhere
Dec. 2001 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, She Okitundu (TICAD Ministerial Meeting)
Nov. 2002 Minister of Land, Environment and Tourism, Banamuhere
Sep. 2003 Minister of Plan, Mwamba (TICAD III)
May. 2004 Vice-President, Mr. Yerodia
Dec. 2004 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Ramazani
Mar. 2005 President, H.E. Joseph Kabila
May 2008 Minister of State to the President of the Republic, Mr. Nkulu (TICAD IV)
Sep. 2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Tshibanda
Jun. 2011 Minister of Planning, Mr. Kamitatu
May 2013 Minister of Mines, Kabwelulu
Jul. 2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Tshibanda (TICAD V)
Nov. 2014 Minister of Elementary and Secondary Education and Vocational Training, Mr. Mwangu
Mar. 2015 Minister of Country Development, Mr. Serufli
May 2015 Minister of Mines, Mr. Kabwelulu
Aug. 2015 Personal Representative of the Head of State, Ms. Mabunda (WAW!)
Nov. 2015 Minister of Scientific Research and Technology, Madinva
Mar. 2017 Governor of Kinshasa, Mr. Kimbuta

Recent Trends

Japan accompanies the efforts of the DRC Government via grants and technical cooperation, in such fields as economic development, access to the social services and peace consolidation. In order for the DRC to realize a peace consolidation and sustainable economic development, Japan has taken every opportunity to appeal to all the parties concerned to avoid violence and find a transparent and consensual way to organize the presidential election.