Symposium in Okinawa:
"The Role of Japanese Descendants in the Economic Development of Latin American and Caribbean Countries: Review and Prospects"

March 7, 2005

  1. On Tuesday, March 15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) will co-host a symposium titled "The Role of Japanese Descendants in the Economic Development of Latin American and Caribbean Countries: Review and Prospects" with Okinawa Prefecture at the Okinawa Convention Center.
  2. This symposium will be attended by representatives of Japanese descendants from Brazil, Argentina and Peru, relevant personnel from Okinawa Prefecture as well as representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Deputy Director-General of the Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Bureau Satoru Satoh of MOFA will serve as the coordinator of this event.
  3. This symposium is considered a pre-event to the upcoming annual meeting of the IDB, which is scheduled to take place in Okinawa from April 10 to 12, and aims to review the roles played by the Japanese descendants in the economic development of Latin American and Caribbean countries. At the same time, the participants will look into the kind of roles that the Japanese descendants in these countries may take on in enhancing the future economic relations between Japan and Latin American and Caribbean countries by serving as bridges between the businesses in these two regions.
  4. There have been many immigrants from Okinawa Prefecture to Latin American and Caribbean countries, with approximately 200,000 people from Okinawa currently residing in this region. The seminar this time will provide a place to search for further business opportunities and cooperation through utilizing the Japanese descendants' community network linking Japan and the Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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