Joint Press Statement
on Establishment of the "Japan-Brazil Council for the 21st Century"

Tokyo, May 26, 2005

  1. Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi, and President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (hereinafter referred to as " Both Leaders"), referring that toward 2008, year of the 100th anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil the "Japan-Brazil Exchange Year" and beyond, Both Leaders decided, in September of 2004, to establish the "Japan-Brazil Council for the 21st Century" for the purpose of receiving recommendations on the future opportunities for further deepening bilateral ties, expressed their satisfaction with the official establishment of the "Japan-Brazil Council for the 21st Century".
  2. Both Leaders announced the following members from the two countries for the "Japan-Brazil Council for the 21st Century";
    Japan Chairperson Mr. Takeo Kawamura
    Deputy chairperson Mr. Shoei Utsuda
    Mr. Iwao Okamoto
    Mr. Katsunari Suzuki
    Mr. Kotaro Horisaka
    Federative Republic of Brazil Chairperson Mr. Eliezer Batista da Silva
    Deputy chairperson Mr. Paulo Delgado
    Mr. Rinaldo Campos Soares
    Mr. Paulo Yokota
    Mr. Paulo Okamotto
    Ms. Tizuka Yamasaki
  3. Both Leaders welcomed that the first meeting of the "Japan-Brazil Council for the 21st Century" would be held at Brasilia in late August this year and expressed their expectation that from a broad perspective the members of two countries would discuss various themes which lie in the future-oriented bilateral relations and come up with a proposal which will be submitted to the Both Leaders by August of 2006 in order to promote the bilateral relationship in a higher dimension.

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