At the invitation of the Minister of External Relations, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, during his visit to Japan on April 16, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Takeaki Matsumoto, will make a visit to Brazil on June 30. Minister Takeaki Matsumoto’s visit to Brasilia takes place after his participation as a guest in the 41st MERCOSUR Summit of Presidents from State Parties and Associated States, in Asunción.
Relations between Brazil and Japan are marked by the deep bonds created by the Japanese immigration to Brazil and Brazilian emigration to Japan. The country is our second trading partner in Asia and fifth in the world, with a trade flow of US$ 14.1 billion in 2010 – a historical record. Brazilian exports reached US$ 7.1 billion, a 67.2% growth in relation to 2009, with a Brazilian surplus of US$ 159 million.
At the occasion, they will sign an agreement for JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) to finance cooperation projects in areas such as water resources and urban transportation.