Japan-Argentina Relations

Japan-Argentina Relations (Basic Data)

December 19, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1898.

Japanese nationals and Japanese descendants:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Argentina: 11,460 (2017)
  • Number of Japanese descendants: 65,000 (estimated)

Trade with Japan (2017):

  • Exports: 81,408 million yen (kaoliang, shellfish, aluminium, copperore, fruits, wine)
  • Imports: 82,631 million yen (electrical machinery, autos, electric equipment)

Japan's economic cooperation (cumulative total as of 2014):

  • Loans: 8,150 million yen
  • Grants: 6,279 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 52,561 million yen

Recent Visits by Eminent Persons

Japan to Argentina
Year Name
2001 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shigeo Uetake
2003 Seishiro Eto Former Director General of the Defense Agency Seishiro Eto Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration
2004 Minister of the Environment Yuriko Koike (COP10)
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Itsunori Onodera (COP10)
2006 Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mitoji Yabunaka
President of the House of Councilors Chikage Ogi
2007 Former Minister of Finance Koji Omi (Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration)
Minister of Agriculture, Forest, and Fisheries Toshikatsu Matsuoka
Minister for Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Yoshihide Suga
2008 Her Highnesses Princess Takamado
2009 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasutoshi Nishimura
2011 Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan (Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration)
2013 Parliamentary, Vice-minister for Foreign Affairs Kenta Wakabayashi
Her Highness Princess Takamado
Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hakubun Shimomura (IOC)
Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori (IOC)
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kenta Wakabayashi (IOC)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida (IOC)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe(IOC)
Her Highness Princess Akiko
2014 Their Highness Prince and Princess Akishino,
State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Yoshitaka Sakurada
State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Shinako Tsuchiya
2015 State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Akihiro Nishimura
State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Akio Koizumi, Member of the House of Representatives
Kunio Hatoyama (Ambassador on Special Mission)
2016 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hitoshi Kikawada
State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Toshiei Mizuochi
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura
Minister of State, in charge of Deregulation, Kozo Yamamoto
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mitsunari Okamoto, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Atsushi Nonaka
2018 Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Shunichi Suzuki
State Minister of Finance Minoru Kihara (G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting)
State Minister of Finance Kenichiro Ueno (IDB Annual Meeting)
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kazuo Yana (8th Meeting of the Tourism Ministers of the G20 economies)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono (G20 Buenos Aires Foreign Ministers’ Meeting)
State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoji Muto and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mitsunari Okamoto (G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting)
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Atsushi Nonaka (G20 Agricultural Ministerial Meeting)
State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Manabu Sakai (G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting)
State Minister of Environment Naomi Tokashiki (G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue)
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Yoshimasa Hayashi (G20 Education Ministerial Meeting, Joint G20 Education and Labour Ministers Meeting)
State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Hideki Makihara (Joint G20 Education and Labour Ministers Meeting,G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting)
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane (G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting)
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Daisaku Hiraki (G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting, G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshige Seko (G20 Buenos Aires Summit)
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso(G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting,G20 Buenos Aires Summit)
Argentina to Japan
Year Name
2001 Minister of Foreign Affairs Adalberto Rodriguez Giavarini
2003 Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Bielsa
2005 Minister of Health and Environment Gines Gonzalez Garcia
Secretary of Tourism Enrique Meyer (Aichi Expo)
Secretary of Trade and International Economic Relations Chiaradia (Aichi Expo)
2008 President of ProsperAr Nofal, Secretary of Communications Salas
Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Lino Baranao
2009 Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation Lino Baranao
2010 Minister of Foreingn Affairs, International Trade and Worship Jorge Taiana
2011 Minister of Foreingn Affairs, International Trade and Worship Hector Timerman
2012 Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Lino Baraño
Secretary of Mining Jorge Mayoral
Secretary of Finance Adrián Cosentino
2013 Minister of Industry Débora Giorgi
2014 Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Lino Baraño
Secretary of Mining Jorge Mayoral
2016 Vice President Gabriela Michetti
President of the Agency for Investment and International Trade, Juan Procaccini
Minister for Foreign Affairs Susana Malcorra
Minister of Transport Guillermo Dietrich
Minister of Education, Esteban Bullrich
2017 Presidente, Mauricio Macri
President of chamber of Deputies Emilio Monzó
Minister for Foreign Affairs Susana Malcorra
Minister of Finance, Luis Caputo
Minister of Production, Francisco Cabrera
2018 Minister of Agro-industry, Luis Miguel Etchevehere
Minister of the Federal System of Media and Public Content, HernánLombardi

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2010)

  • 810 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)
  • 38 million yen (Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects)

Japan-Argentine Economic Committee

  • (1) Establishment: 1966
  • (2) Japanese Chairman: Ken Kobayashi (Mitsubishi Corp.)
  • Argentine Chairman: Angel E. Machado (CEO and General Manager of Griensu S.A.)