Japan-Panama Relations

Japan-Panama Relations (Basic Data)

September 3, 2019

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in January 1904.

Japanese Nationals:

  • 388 (as of 2017)

Trade with Japan (2018):

  • Export: 51.0 billion yen (vessel, scrap metal, fish and fish preparation, coffee)
  • Imports: 653.4 billion yen (vessel, automobile and automotive products, general instrumentation)

Japan's Economic Cooperation (cumulative total as of 2014)

  • List of Exchange of Notes
  • Loans: 313.392 billion yen (up to 2017)
  • Grants: 3.817 billion yen (up to 2017)
  • Technical cooperation: 30.787 billion yen (up to 2017)

VIP Visits

From Japan to Panama
Year Name
1998 Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Nobutaka Machimura
1999 Vice President of the House of Representatives, Kozo Watanabe
House of Representatives Member, Shozo Nishimura (special envoy)
2001 Their Imperial Highness Prince and Princess Hitachi
Former Prime Minister, Ryutaro Hashimoto
2003 House of Councillors Member, Kenji Manabe (special envoy)
2004 House of Councillors Member, Shinya Izumi (special envoy)
House of Representatives Member, Takeo Hiranuma
2005 House of Representatives Member, Motohiko Kondo, Daishiro Yamagiwa
2006 Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Katsutoshi Kaneda
House of Representatives Member, Shinako Tsuchiya
Representation of the House of Representatives Member (Head: Junji Higashi)
Representation of House of Councillors Member (Head: Toranosuke Katayama)
House of Representatives Member, Fumio Kyuma
2007 Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Midori Matsushima
Senior Vice-Minister of Finance, Kazunori Tanaka
2008 Senior Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Takuya Hirai
2009 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Shintaro Ito
House of Councillors Member, Masatoshi Wakabayashi (special envoy)
2010 State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Koichi Takemasa
2011 House of Representatives and Councilors Members
2012 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Toshiyuki Kato
2013 Senior Vice Minister of Finance, Yuko Obuchi
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida
2014 House of Representatives Member, Seishiro Eto (special envoy)
Representation of House of Representatives Member (Head: Mr. Hiroshi Kajiyama)
2015 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Takashi Uto
President of House of Councillors, Masaaki Yamazaki
2016 Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Jyunji Suzuki
House of Representatives Member, Seishiro Eto (special envoy)
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hitoshi Kikawada
House of Councillors Member, Natsuo Yamaguchi
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry , Hiroshige Seko
2017 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshinao Nakagawa
House of Representatives Member, Koichiro Genba
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shunsuke Takei
House of Representatives Member, Kenya Akiba
2018 Senior Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Tsukasa Akimoto
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Kentaro Sonoura
Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kazuo Yana
Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Masahisa Sato
2019 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Masashi Adachi
House of Representatives Member, Akihiro Nishimura (special envoy)
Vice-president of House of Representatives, Hirotaka Akamatsu
From Panama to Japan
Year Name
1980 President, Aristides Royo
1990 President, Guillermo Endara
1995 Former President, Perez Balladares
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Lewis Galindo
2000 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Aleman
Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Aleman Zubieta
Secretary of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, Martin Torrijos Espino
2003 Administrator of National Environment Authority, Yaritza Anguisola
2005 First Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samuel Lewis Navarro
2006 Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Aleman Zubieta
First Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samuel Lewis Navarro
Minister for Canal Affairs, Ricaurte Vasquez
2008 Second Vice President, Rubén Arosemena
Minister of Commerce and Industries, Carmen Gisela Vergara
Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Aleman Zubieta
2009 President of Panameñista Party, Juan Carlos Varela
2010 Vice-president and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Juan Carlos Varela
Minister of Economy and Finance, Alberto Vallarino
General Administrator of Tourism Authority, Salomón Shamah
General Administrator of the National Environment Authority, Javier Arias
2011 Minister of Public Security, José Raúl Mulino
2012 Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Alberto Alemán Zubieta
Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank George De Lima
President, Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rómulo Roux
Minister for Canal Affairs, Roberto Roy
Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority, Roberto José Linares
2013 Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Luis Quijano
2014 Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alvarez De Soto
Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Luis Quijano
2015 Minister of Economy and Finance, Dulcidio De La Guardia
Minister for Canal Affairs, Roberto Roy
Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Luis Quijano
Administrator of Panama Maritime Authority, Jorge Barakat Pitty
2016 President Juan Carlos Varela, Minister for Canal Affairs Roberto Roy, Minister of Economy and Finance Dulcidio dela Guardia, Minister of Public Works Ramón Arosemena, Minister of Commerce and Industries Augusto Arosemena, Administrator of Maritime Authority Jorge Barakat
2017 Administrator of Maritime Authority, Jorge Barakat Pitty
President of the Inter Parliamentary Friendship Group Panama-Japan, Jose Luis Varela Rodriguez
Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Isabel Cecilia Saint Malo Garcia
2018 Administrator of Maritime Authority, Jorge Barakat Pitty
Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Luis Quijano
Minister of Economy and Finance, Eyda Varela de Chinchilla
Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Maria Luisa Navarro
2019 Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Isabel Cecilia Saint Malo Garcia
President, Juan Carlos Varela, Minister for Canal Affairs, Roberto Roy, Administrator of Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Luis Quijano

Cultural Grant (cumulative total fiscal 1975-2018)

  • 853.3 million yen (Cultural Grant Aid and Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects)