Latin America and the Caribbean

Japan-Belize Relations (Basic Data)

October 23, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in November 1982

Trade with Japan in 2017:

  • Export: 0.9 billion yen (fish and seafoods, pearl)
  • Import: 1.15 billion yen (ships, optical equipment)

Number of Residents:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Belize: 45 (October 2017)
  • Number of Belize nationals residing in Japan: 9 (June 2017)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (Cumulative total as of FY 2016):

  • ODA Loans: 0
  • Grants: 916 million yen
  • Technical cooperation: 2.23 billion yen

Cultural Grant (cumulative total as of the end of fiscal year 2016)

  • Cultural Grant Assistance: 49.2 million yen

Major Donors (2015 OECD/DAC):

  • (1) Japan (2) U.S.A. (3) U.K. (4) Canada (5) Korea

VIP Visits

From Japan to Belize
Year Name
1981 Ambassador on special mission Naito (Independence ceremony)
1983 Member of the House of Representative, Tokuo Yamashita
1984 Same as above
2001 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Taimei Yamaguchi
2006 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Agriculture and Fishery, Yasushi Kaneko
2014 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hirotaka Ishihara
2015 Member of the House of Representative, Shinako Tsuchiya
2017 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shunsuke Takei
2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mitsunari Okamoto
Japanese Diet Delegation Members of House of Representative (Leader: Mr. Akihiro Nishimura)
From Belize to Japan
Year Name
1984 Minister of Education, Sports, Culture and Economic Development, Said Musa
1985 Minister of Health, Labour and Sports, Elodio Aragon
1986 Minister of Agriculture, Dean Lindo
1990 Governor General, Minita Gordon
1995 Minister of Agriculture and Fishery, Russel Garcia
1996 Prime Minister, Manuel Esquivel
1998 Minister of International Trade and Industry, Alfred Martinez
2000 Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and cooperatives, Daniel Silva
2005 Deputy Prime Minister, John Briceno
2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Wilfred Elrington
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and the environment, Gasper Vega
2014 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Wilfred Elrington