Japan-Latin America Relations: Then & Now

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Latin America and the Caribbean have risen on Japan’s list of foreign policy priorities in recent years. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated as much during his 2014 tour of Latin America, the first in ten years by a Japanese head of government. Referencing an indispensable partnership, Abe called for a new era in Japan-Latin America relations, based on stronger cooperation in a variety of fields. Japan’s foreign ministry would also seem committed to stronger cross-Pacific relations in the coming years. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida traveled to the region on three occasions since 2013. His trip to Cuba in 2015 marked the first-ever visit by a Japanese foreign minister to the island nation. How does the Abe administration envision this proposed new era in Japan-LAC engagement? What opportunities exist for enhanced cooperation? In what sectors and countries will Japanese firms and financiers focus their efforts? How does Japan’s model of engagement compare to that of China and other major economic partners? And what challenges will Japan encounter in its renewed approach to Latin America?

The Inter-American Dialogue and the Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC) are pleased to host this event in order to address these and other questions.


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