Japan-Democratic Republic of the Congo Relations

June 23, 2022

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: 98 (as of June 2022)

Trade with Japan (2021):

  • Exports: 1.84 billion yen (copper, wood, etc.)
  • Imports: 9.10 billion yen (transportation machine, machinery, etc.)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (cumulative total until fiscal 2020):

VIP Visits (2001~)

From Japan to Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Year Name
Aug. 2001 Members of the House of Councilors, Mr. YANO Tetsuro and Mr. YAMAUCHI Toshio
Aug. 2004 Japan-Africa Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League, Members of the House of Representatives, Mr. ETO Seishiro, Mr. MIHARA Asahiko, Mr. YAMAGUCHI Taimei, Mr. NISHIMURA Akihiro
Dec. 2006 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. HAMADA Masayoshi(Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
Jan. 2008 Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. YANO Tetsuro (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
Dec. 2008 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. MINORIKAWA Nobuhide
Aug. 2012 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. KATO Toshiyuki
Aug. 2013 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Ms. ABE Toshiko
Oct. 2013 Member of the House of Councilors, Mr. SATO Masahisa
Aug. 2014 Japan-Africa Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League, Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. YAMAGIWA Daishiro
Aug. 2018 Japan-Africa Union (AU) Parliamentary Friendship League, Members of the House of Representatives, Mr. SAKURADA Yoshitaka, Mr. OOKA Toshitaka, Mr. KOMURA Masahiro
Oct. 2018 State Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. SATO Masahisa
Jan. 2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. YAMADA Kenji (Special Envoy of the Prime Minister)
Feb. 2019 State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry H.E. Mr. SEKI Yoshihiro
From Democratic Republic of the Congo to Japan:
Year Name
Jul. 2001 Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, H.E. Mr. Tumawaku
Sep. 2001 Minister of Land, Environment and Tourism, H.E. Mr. Banmuhere
Dec. 2001 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Mr. She Okitundu (TICAD Ministerial Meeting)
Nov. 2002 Minister of Land, Environment and Tourism, H.E. Mr. Banamuhere
Sep. 2003 Minister of Planning, H.E. Mr. Mwamba (TICAD III)
May. 2004 Vice-President, H.E. Mr. Yerodia
Dec. 2004 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Ramazani
Mar. 2005 President of the Republic, H.E. Mr. Joseph Kabila
May 2008 Minister of State to the President of the Republic, H.E. Mr. Nkulu (TICAD IV)
Sep. 2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Tshibanda
Jun. 2011 Minister of Planning, H.E. Mr. Kamitatu
May 2013 Minister of Mines, H.E. Mr. Kabwelulu
Jul. 2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Mr. Tshibanda (TICAD V)
Nov. 2014 Minister of Elementary and Secondary Education and Vocational Training, H.E. Mr. Mwangu
Mar. 2015 Minister of Country Development, H.E. Mr. Serufli
May 2015 Minister of Mines, H.E. Mr. Kabwelulu
Aug. 2015 Personal Representative of the Head of State, H.E. Ms. Mabunda (WAW!)
Nov. 2015 Minister of Scientific Research and Technology, H.E. Mr. Madinva
Mar. 2017 Governor of Kinshasa, Mr. Kimbuta
Oct. 2018 Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration H.E. Mr. She-Okitundu (TICAD Ministerial Meeting)
Aug. 2019 President of the Republic, H.E. Mr. Félix Antoine TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO (TICAD7)
Oct. 2019 State Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E.Ms. Marie TUMBA NZEZA
Aug. 2021 Minister of Sports and Leisure, H.E.Mr. Serge CHEMBO NKONDE (Tokyo Olympic Games)

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.

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