Japan-Colombia Relations

Japan-Colombia Relations (Basic Data)

September 4, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1908 (reestablished in 1954)

Japanese nationals and Japanese descendants:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Colombia: 1,238 (2017)
  • Number of Japanese descendants: 2,000 (estimated)

Trade with Japan (2013):

  • Exports: 98,200 million yen (coffee, coal,crude oil)
  • Imports: 112,700 million yen (automobiles, steel, rubber products)

Japan's Economic Cooperation:

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loan Aid: Cumulative total of 67,316 million yen (FY 2016)
  • Grant Aid: Cumulative total of 13,068 million yen (FY 2016)
  • Technical Assistance: Cumulative total of 32,766 million yen (FY 2016)

VIP Visits (since 2000)

Japan to Colombia
Year Name
2000 Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Kiyohiro Araki
2002 Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration (Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs) Shigeo Uetake
2006 Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration (Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs) Katsutoshi Kaneda
2008 Ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Hitoshi Kimura
Member, House of Representatives Shoichi Nakagawa
Member, House of Representatives Taimei Yamaguchi
Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone
2009 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasutoshi Nishimura
Senior Vice-Minister of Finance Watanabe Takeshita
2010 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Hirotake Akamatsu
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shuji Kira
2011 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ikuo Yamahana
2012 Senior Vice-Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Seishu Makino
2013 Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu Motegi
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Kenta Wakabayashi
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hiroyuki Yoshiie
2014 Her Imperial Highness Takamado
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration Takeo Kawamura
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takashi Uto
2016 Head of the delegation of Komeito Natsuo Yamaguchi
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructurem, Transport and Tourism Yasutada Ohno
2017 State Minister for Finance Minoru Kihara
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura
2018 State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Manabu Sakai
State Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Tsukasa Akimoto
Special Envoy to the Presidential Inauguration Shunichi Yamaguchi
Foreign Minister Taro Kono
Colombia to Japan
Year Name
2000 Foreign Minister Guillermo Fernandez de Soto
Vice President Gustavo Bell
2001 Environment Minister Juan Mayr
2003 Minister of Environment and Land Development Cecilia Rodriguez
Director of International Cooperation Agency of Colombia, President's aide German Alberto Bula Escobar
2004 Foreign Minister Carolina Barco
Minister of Agriculture Carlos Gustavo Cano
2005 President Alvaro Uribe
2007 Senator Marta Lucia Ramirez de Rincon
2008 Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Luis Guillermo Plata
Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo
Vice President Francisco Santos
2009 Senator Nancy Patricia Gutierrez Castaneda
Minister of Finance Oscar Iran Zuluaga Escobay
2010 Foreign Minister 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 for Foreign Affairs María Holguín
Minister for Mines and Energy Carlos Enrique Rodado
Minister for Commerce, Industry and Tourism Sergio Diaz Grand dos
Minister for Transport Germán Cardona
2012 Minister of Interior and Justice Germán Vargas Lleras
Minister for Foreign Affairs María Angela Holguín
Minister for 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 Coomerce, Industry and Tourismo María Claudia Lacouture
Mayor of Medellín Federico Gutiérrez