Japan-Costa Rica Relations

Japan-Costa Rica Relations (Basic Data)

August 28, 2018

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in February 1935.

Japanese Nationals:

  • 386 (as of October 2016)

Trade with Japan (2017):

  • Export to Japan: approx. 38.8 billion yen (scientific optical equipment, electronic parts, machinery, coffee)
  • Import from Japan: approx. 34.7 billion yen (car, steel, electronic parts)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (Cumulative total until fiscal year 2016)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Costa Rica
Year Name
1990 House of Representatives member, Yoshiro Mori (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
1994 House of Representatives member, Kazuo Aichi (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
1996 Primer Minister, Hashimoto Ryutaro
1998 House of Representatives member, Hideyuki Aizawa (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
TIH Prince and Princess Takamado
2002 House of Representatives member, Syouichi Nakagawa (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
2006 House of Representatives member, Yoshinori Ohno (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
House of Representatives Member, Yasutoshi Nishimura
2007 Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Takahiro Yokomichi
House of Representatives Member, Kenta Izumi
2009 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shintaro Ito
2010 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Koichi Takemasa (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
2011 TIH Prince and Princess Akishino
2012 Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Seishu Makino
2014 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hirotaka Ishihara (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
Parliamentary Delegation of the House of Representatives (Head: Mr. Hiroshi Kajiyma)
Parliamentary Delegation of the House of Councillors to research Japan's ODA (Head: Mr. Yusuke Nakanishi)
2015 State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yasuhide Nakayama (Foreign Minister Meeting of FEALAC)
2016 State Minister for Environment, Yoshihiro Seki
2017 State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro Sonoura
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Naoya Higuchi
Parliamentary Delegation of the House of Representatives (Head: Mr. Masaaki Taira)
2018 House of Representatives Member, Syunsuke Takei (Ambassador on Special Mission to the Presidential Inauguration)
From Costa Rica to Japan
Year Name
1990 President, Rafael Angel Calderon Fournier (Enthronement Ceremony)
Foreign Minister, Bernd H. Niehaus Quesada
1993 National Assembly Chairman, Danilo Chaverri Soto
Foreign Minister, Bernd H. Niehaus Quesada (PDD Special Conference in Tokyo)
1994 Foreign Minister, Fernando Naranjo Villalobos
1996 President, Jose Maria Figueres
Foreign Minister, Fernando Naranjo Villalobos
1997 President, Jose Maria Figueres
Foreign Minister, Fernando Naranjo Villalobos
2001 President, Miguel Angel Rodriguez Echeverria
Foreign Minister, Roberto Rojas
2005 President Abel Pacheco de la Espriella (Aichi Expo/Japan-Central America Summit Meeting)
Foreign Minister, Roberto Toval Faja
2010 Foreign Minister, Bruno Stagno Ugarte (4th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of FEALAC)
Foreign Minister, Rene Castro Salazar
2011 President, Laura Chinchilla Miranda
Foreign Minister, José Enrique Castillo Barrantes
Minister of Trade, Anabelle González
Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunication, Alejandro Cruz Molina
2012 Minister of Environment and Energy, Rene Castro Salazar
2013 Minister of Trade, Anabelle González
Minister of Environment and Energy, Rene Castro Salazar
Minister of Housing and Human Settlement, Guido Monge
Minister of Culture and Youth, Manuel Obregon
2015 Minister of Environment and Energy, Edgar Gutierrez
2017 Minister of Trade, Alexander Mora
Foreign Minister, Manuel Gonzalez
2018 Minister of Trade, Alexander Mora

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2016)

  • 997 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid)
  • 48.44 million yen (Grant Aid for Cultural Grassroots Projects)