Lula told the Japanese Prime Minister to “get to know Japan within Brazil”; meeting took place this Friday (May 3)

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) asked the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, to visit the Liberdade neighborhood in São Paulo to “get to know Japan inside Brazil”. The statement was made in a speech to journalists at Palácio do Planalto this Friday (May 3, 2024).

“I asked him: go to the Liberdade neighborhood to discover Japan within Brazil. Go eat at a restaurant in Liberdade to eat the best Japanese food in Brazil, made by Japanese people, Japanese descendants in Brazil, because there are 2 million and 700,000 Japanese people and Japanese descendants here in Brazil”said Lula.

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The prime minister will go to São Paulo at the weekend, accompanied by a business delegation, and will have commitments linked to the city’s Japanese-Brazilian community. He will also participate in the Brazil-Japan Business Forum alongside the vice-president and minister of Development, Industry, Commerce and Services, Geraldo Alckmin (PSB).

Brazil has the largest Japanese-descendant population outside of Japan, with around 2 million people. At the same time, Japan is the 5th country with the largest number of Brazilians abroad, with 211 thousand people.


Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in Brazil this Friday (May 3, 2024) to meet with President Lula to strengthen the relationship between the 2 countries and discuss commercial benefits. The main theme of the visit was a possible opening of the Japanese market to Brazilian beef and pork.

In addition, Lula and Kishida also discussed a possible agreement between Japan and Mercosur (Southern Common Market), investments to combat deforestation in the Amazon and measures to try to reform the UN Security Council (United Nations). , the target of criticism from the PT member since the beginning of his 3rd term.

The 2 met at Palácio do Planalto, where they made a joint statement. At the meeting, 4 acts were signed between the Japanese and Brazilian governments. Read below:

  1. green partnership in which Japan will contribute to the Brazilian system for recovering degraded areas;
  2. memorandum of understanding in the area of ​​cybersecurity;
  3. memorandum of understanding between Apex-Brasil and Jetro (Japanese Foreign Trade Organization) for partnerships and investments; It is
  4. memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Industry of Japan on industrial co-creation.


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