Japan-Colombia Relations

January 31, 2022

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1908 (reestablished in 1954)

Japanese nationals and Japanese descendants:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Colombia: 1,341 (2020)
  • Number of Japanese descendants: 2,000 (estimated)

Trade with Japan (2020):

  • Exports: 49,705 million yen (coffee, coal,crude oil, flowers)
  • Imports: 85,710 million yen (automobiles, steel, rubber products)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • Loan Aid: Cumulative total of 46,600 million yen (FY 2019)
  • Grant Aid: Cumulative total of 15,270 million yen (FY 2019)
  • Technical Assistance: Cumulative total of 34,714 million yen (FY 2019)

Recent Visits by Eminent Persons (the last 10 years)

Japan to Colombia
Year Name
2009 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nishimura Yasutoshi
Senior Vice-Minister of Finance, Takeshita Wataru
2010 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Akamatsu Hirotake
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kira Shuji
2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yamahana Ikuo
2012 Senior Vice-Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Makino Seishu
2013 Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Motegi Toshimitsu
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wakabayashi Kenta
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Yoshiie Hiroyuki
2014 Her Imperial Highness Takamado
Prime Minister, Abe Shinzo
Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration, Kawamura Takeo
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Uto Takashi
2016 Head of the delegation of Komeito, Yamaguchi Natsuo
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructurem, Transport and Tourism, Ohno Yasutada
2017 State Minister for Finance, Kihara Minoru
State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sonoura Kentaro
2018 State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Sakai Manabu
State Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Akimoto Tsukasa
Member of the House of Representatives, Yamaguchi Shunichi (Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration)
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kono Taro
2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Kunishige Toru
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Omi Asako
Colombia to Japan
Year Name
2009 Senator, Nancy Patricia Gutierrez Castaneda
Minister of Finance, Oscar Iran Zuluaga Escobay
2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jaime Bermudez
Minister of Defence, Gabriel Silva Lujan
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Luis Guillermo Plata
Minister of Environment, Sandra Bessudo
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Sergio Diaz-Granados
2011 President, Juan Manuel Santos
Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Holguín
Minister of Mines and Energy, Carlos Enrique Rodado
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Sergio Diaz-Granados
Minister of Transport, Germán Cardona
2012 Minister of Interior and Justice, Germán Vargas Lleras
Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Angela Holguín
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Sergio Diaz-Granados
2015 Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón
Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Mauricio Cárdenas
2016 Minister of National Education, Gina Parody
General Director of Colombian Presidential Agency of International Cooperation (APC), Alejandro Gamboa
2017 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, María Claudia Lacouture
Mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez
2018 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Holmes Trujillo García
President of the House of Representatives, Alejandro Carlos Chacón
2019 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Holmes Trujillo García (Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden)
2021 Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marta Lucía Ramírez Blanco
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