Japan-Brazil Relations

Japan-Brazil Relations (Basic Data)

July 30, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1895

Japanese nationals and Japanese descendants:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Brazil: 52,426 (2017)
  • Number of Japanese descendants: 1.9 million (estimated)
  • Number of Brazilians residing in Japan, 191,362 (December 2017)

Trade with Japan (2017):

  • Exports: $5,260 million (iron ore, meat, non-ferrous metal, chemicals, iron and steel)
  • Imports: $3,760 million (automobiles, automotive parts, motors, metal working machinery)

Direct investment from Japan:

  • The amount of direct investment from Japan in 2016 was $1,412 million.

Japan's economic cooperation (FY 2016):

Recent Visits by Eminent Persons

Japan to Brazil
Year Name
2003 Ambassador on Special Mission Takami Eto (Inaugural Ceremony of President Lula)
2004 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
2006 Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Shoichi Nakagawa
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Heizo Takenaka
2007 Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Toshikatsu Matsuoka
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshihide Suga
Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Aso
2008 Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Masatoshi Wakabahashi
His Imperial Highness Crown Prince (Japan-Brazil Year of Exchange/Centennial of Japanese Immigration to Brazil)
Japan-Brazil Parliamentary League
Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari
2010 Former Prime Minister Taro Aso
2011 Ambassador on Special Mission Taro Aso (Inaugural Ceremony of President Rousseff)
Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeaki Matsumoto
2012 State Minister for National Policy Motohisa Furukawa Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba
2013 Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo
Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida
2014 Her Imperial Highness Takamado
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2015 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino (120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brazil)
2016 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Closing Ceremony for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games)
2017 Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso (Opening Ceremony for Japan House São Paulo)
2018 His Imperial Highness Crown Prince (8 th World Water Forum)
2018 Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono
2018 Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino (110 th Anniversary of the Japanese immigration)
Brazil to Japan
Year Name
2002 Foreign Minister Celso Lafer
2004 Foreign Minister Celso Amorim
2005 President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim
Finance Minister Antonio Palocci
Agriculture and Supply Minister Roberto Rodrigues
Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Luis Furlan
Mines and Energy Minister Dilma Rousseff
Tourism Minister Walfrido Guia
Central Bank President Hennque Meirelles
2006 Foreign Minister Celso Amorim
Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Luis Furlan
Communications Minister Helio Costa
Education Minister Fernando Haddad
2007 Agriculture and Supply Minister Luis Carlos Guedes Pinto
Tourism Minister Marta Suplicy
2008 Chamber of Deputies President Arlindo Chinaglia Junior
Chief-Minister of the Presidential Staff Office Dilma Vana Rousseff (Japan-Brazil Year of Exchange/Centennial of Japanese Immigration)
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Foreign Minister Celso Amorim (outreach meeting of G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit)
2009 Science and Technology Minister Sérgio Rezende
2010 Social Security Minister Eduardo Gabas
Labor Minister Carlos Lupi
2011 Foreign Minister Antônio de Aguiar Patriota
2012 Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Fernando Damata Pimentel
National Integration Minister Fernando Bezerra Coelho
Finance Minister Guido Mantega
Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Fernando Damata Pimentel
2013 Environmental Minister Izabella Monica Vieira Teixeira
Planning, Budget and Management Minister Miriam Belchior
2015 National Integration Minister Gilberto Magalhães Occhi (UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)

Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Minister Kátia Abreu
Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira
2016 President Michel Temer
Transport Ports and Civil Aviation Minister Maurício Quintella, Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply Minister Blairo Maggi, Mines and Energy Minister Fernando Bezerra Coelho Filho, Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani
2017 Institutional Security Cabinet Minister, Sérgio Etchegoyen
2018 President of the Senate Eunicio Lopes de Oliveira
2018 Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes