Japan-Democratic Republic of the Congo Relations

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

March 27, 2019

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: 68 (as of October 2017)

Trade with Japan (2018):

  • Exports: 319 million yen (wood, fish, coffee, etc.)
  • Imports: 6.30 billion yen (vehicles, construction machines, motorcycles etc.)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (cumulative total until fiscal 2016):

VIP Visits (2001~)

From Japan to Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Year Name
Aug. 2001 Members of the House of Councilors, Mr. Tetsuro YANO and Mr. Toshio YAMAUCHI
Aug. 2004 Japan-Africa Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League, Members of the House of Representatives, Mr. Seishiro ETO, Mr. Asahiko MIHARA, Mr. Taimei YAMAGUCHI, Mr. Akihiro NISHIMURA
Dec. 2006 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr.Masayoshi HAMADA (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
Jan. 2008 Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. Tetsuro YANO (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
Dec. 2008 Vice-Parliamentary Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Nobuhide MINORIKAWA
Aug. 2012 Vice-Parliamentary Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Toshiyuki KATO
Aug. 2013 Vice-Parliamentary Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Toshiko ABE
Oct. 2013 Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. Masahisa SATO
Aug. 2014 Japan-Africa Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League, Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Daishiro YAMAGIWA
Aug. 2018 Japan-Africa Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League, Members of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yoshitaka SAKURADA, Mr. Toshitaka OOKA, Mr. Masahiro KOMURA
Oct. 2018 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Masahisa SATO
Jan. 2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Kenji YAMADA (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
Feb. 2019 State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Yoshihiro SEKI
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, Mr. She Okitundu (TICAD Ministerial Meeting)
Nov. 2002 Minister of Land, Environment and Tourism, Mr. Banamuhere
Sep. 2003 Minister of Plan, Mr. 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, Mr. Madinva
Mar. 2017 Governor of Kinshasa, Mr. Kimbuta
Oct. 2018 Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Mr. She-Okitundu (TICAD Ministerial Meeting)

Recent Trends

Japan accompanies the efforts of the DRC Government via grants and technical cooperation, in such fields as peace consolidation, access to the social services, economic development and environment protection. In order for the DRC to consolidate democracy and to foster economic and social development, Japan will continue to support the DRC in their efforts for the realization of these goals and will strengthen the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.