After decades of engagement with Latin America, Japan is looking to deepen and expand relations.
For decades, Japan has been an important trading partner, lender, investor, and provider of official development assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Although growth is slowing on both sides of the Pacific, Japan would appear committed to continued economic engagement with the region.
On October 17, the Inter-American Dialogue, JALAC, COMEXI, COMCE, and the Embassy of Japan in Mexico, held a public meeting to examine developments in Japan’s long-standing relationship with Mexico.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Latin America Aug. 11-19, with stops in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. Kono’s priorities during the trip were strengthening economic cooperation and trade ties with the region, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and seeking support on diplomatic issues, including those related to North Korea, NHK reported. What did he accomplish during his tour? Where are Japan-Latin America relations headed? Does Japan have a clear and coherent strategy in Latin America? Which sectors and countries in the region are of greatest importance for Japan, and what is driving that interest?
Japan is upgrading its relations with Latin America with a focus on innovation, sustainable infrastructure and value chain development.
Japan has launched a new phase in its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.
Advancing US-Japan Cooperation on Digital Economy Development in Latin America: Three Recommendations
Enhanced Japan-US collaboration would do much to advance the delivery of information and communications technology platforms across the region.
Japan has a critical role to play in Latin America’s post-Covid-19 recovery.