Japan-Chile Relations

Japan-Chile Relations (Basic Data)

April 10, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1897 (reestablished in 1952)

Japanese nationals and Japanese descendants:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Chile: 1,660 (2016)
  • Number of Japanese descendants: 3,000 (estimated)

Trade with Japan (2017):

  • Exports: 714,600 million yen (copper and copper ore, fish (salmon , trout), woodchips, lithium, molybdenum)
  • Imports: 196,700 million yen (autos and auto parts, tires, construction and mining equipment)

Direct investment from Japan:

  • The amount of direct investment from Japan in 2016 was $237 million.
  • The cumulative amount of direct investment from Japan till 2016 is $10,769 million.
  • (Japan was the largest direct investing country for Chile in 2011, 2012 and 2013)

Japan's economic cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 27,070 million yen (cumulative total as of March 31, 2015)
  • Grants: 10,375 million yen (cumulative total as of March 31, 2015)
  • Technical cooperation: 44,596 million yen (cumulative total as of March 31, 2015)

Recent Visits by Eminent Persons

Japan to Chile
Year Name
2000 House of Councillors Member Yutaka Inoue (Special Envoy)
2001 Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone (as a member of Official Parliamentary Delegation) (The Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum)
2002 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shigeo Uetake
Official Delegation of the House of Representatives members
2004 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
2006 Official delegation of the House of Representatives members
House of Representatives member Hidenao Nakagawa (Special Envoy)
2010 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shuji Kira (Special Envoy)
2013 State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Teru Fukui
State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare/ State Minister for Reconstruction Kenya Akiba
Her Highness Princess Akiko
2014 House of Representatives member Ryu Shionoya (Special Envoy)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
State Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Shinako Tuchiya
2015 State Minister of Land, Infrastructure Transport and Tourism Akihiro Nishimura
State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Kozaburo Nishime
2016 State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Toshiei Mizuochi
2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura (January)
State Minister of Cabinet Office Takao Ochi
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura (March)
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino
2018 State Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Toshiei Mizuochi
House of Representatives member Ryu Shionoya (Special Envoy)
Chile to Japan
Year Name
2002 President of the Senate Andrés Zaldivar
External Relations Minister Maria Soledad Alvear
2003 President Ricardo Lagos
President of the Chamber of Deputies Isabel Allende Bussi
2004 President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Sergio Paez Verdugo
2005 Minister of Finance Nicolas Eyzaguirre Guzman
Minister of Finance Nicolas Eyzaguirre Guzman; Minister of Agriculture Jaime Alfonso Campos Quiroga
2007 Minister of Foreign Affairs Alejandro Foxley Rioseco
President Michelle Bachelet Jeria (official working visit, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Alejardro Foxley Rioseco and the Minister of Economy Alejandro Ferreiro Yazigi)
2008 President of the Senate Eduardo Frei
2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno
Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne
President Sebastián Piñera (working visit, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno and the Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne)
2012 President Sebastián Piñera (working visit, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno)
Minister of Mining Hernán De Solminihac
Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Pedro Pablo Errázuriz
2013 Minister of Mining Hernán De Solminihac
2014 Minister of Mining Aurora Williams
2015 Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgardo Riveros Marìn(3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction)
Former President Eduardo Frei
2016 Minister of Economy, Promotion and Tourism Luis Felipe Cèspedes
2017 President of the Chamber of Deputies Fidel Espinoza
Former President Eduardo Frei
2018 President Michelle Bachelet Jeria (working visit, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and the Minister of Sport Pablo Squella)

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2016)

  • 992 million yen (Cultural Grant Assistance)

Japan-Chile Parliamentary Friendship League

(1) Establishment
: 1984
(2) Chairman
: Ryu Shionoya

Japan-Chile Economic Committee

(Annual meetings are held in Japan and Chile alternately; the 30th meeting took place in August 2016 in Tokyo.)

  • (1) Establishment: 1979
  • (2) Japanese chairman: Ken Kobayashi, Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Corp.
  • Chilean chairman: Juan Eduardo Erràzuriz, Chairman of the board of Sigdo Koppers S.A.