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About Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC)

Chairman’s welcome


Chairman’s welcome:

Dear Members and Friends,

Since the turn of the new millennium and amidst the rise of Brazil, Mexico, and other emerging economies, Japan’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean have grown even closer and stronger. Our peoples have enjoyed a long history of migration and many years of economic cooperation. Such are the foundations of our deep friendships, which now extend to trade and investment in natural resources, energy, information and communications infrastructure, and other sectors.

And with our bonds growing tighter day by day, I am convinced that the Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC) will play increasingly vital roles in the years ahead. Here in Japan, JALAC has proven itself to be an instrumental hub for gathering and disseminating information on Latin America and the Caribbean.

I hope that all visitors to JALAC’s website will relate to and support the dedicated efforts of this association, whose ongoing aims are to promote mutual understanding between Japan and Latin America and the Caribbean, and to contribute to their collaborations across diverse industries and academic fields. We would like to ask for your continued support.

March 2015
Mikio Sasaki



With strong support from the government, businesses, academia and civil society, JALAC was founded on July 1, 1958, by merging three organizations into one with the aim to create an integral private-sector diplomacy forum in Japan with Latin America and the Caribbean. Three organizations are the following: 1) Japan-Latin America Central Association, affiliated organization of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 2) Latin America Committee; and 3) Pan American Association.
On April 1, 2013, JALAC changed its legal status from a special civil law corporation to a general incorporated association.


Management (Board of Directors)

Chairman : Mikio SASAKI
Senior Corporate Advisor and Former Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation

Vice Chairman : Akio HOSONO
Senior Research Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute, Former Ambassador of Japan to El Salvador

Vice Chairman: Masateru ITO
Chairman, Japan-Venezuela Association, Former Ambassador of Japan to Venezuela

Executive Director (General Management): Osamu SASAKI
Former Board of Directors, Mitsubishi Corporation

Managing Director (Business Planning) : Kotaro HORISAKA
Professor Emeritus, Sophia University

Managing Director (Editorial Board) : Toshihiro SAKURAI

Managing Director  (Editorial Board, General Affairs): Motoko IWAMI( Ms.)
Former Senior Analyst, Japan Institute for Overseas Investment

Managing Director (International Relations): Mikio KUWAYAMA
Adjunct Professor, Hosei University , Former ECLAC Senior Economic Affairs Officer

Managing Director  (Secretary General): Naohiko MUNAKATA
Former Executive Coordinator, The Japan-Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Director : Jiro ASAKURA
Chairman, Japan-Peru Association, Chairman, Japan- Chile Association,
Chairman, Kawasaki Kisen, Co. Ltd.

Director : Akira KUDO
Former Board of Directors, Mitsubishi Corporation

Director : Ichiro OISHI
Representative, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Asia Office in Tokyo

Director: Hajime OGAWA
Former Ambassador of Japan to Chile, Former Member of the House of Representatives

Director: Teiji SAKURAI
Former Professor, Kansai Gaidai University, Former Auditor, JETRO

Director: Yasuyuki FUJISHIMA
President, Mutual Service Aid Guarantee Corporation, Former Ambassador of Japan to Panama

Auditor: Terusuke TERADA
Former President, Foreign Press Center of Japan, Former Ambassador of Japan to Mexico and Korea (ROK)

Auditor: Masayuki KAWASHIMA
Former Office Representative of JETRO in Mexico

Advisor: Takeo KAWAMURA
Member of the House of Representatives, former Chief Cabinet Secretary

Supervisor-Advisor: Katuyuki TANAKA
President, The Association of Nikkei & Japanese Abroad, Former Ambassador of Japan to Spain

Supervisor-Advisor: Shigeo OSONOI
Professor of Graduate Studies, Tsukuba University

Supervisor-Advisor: Tooru SHIKIBU
Former Representative, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Asia Office in Tokyo


Association’s Name in different languages

English: Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean ( JALAC )
Spanish: Asociación Japonesa de América Latina y el Caribe ( AJALAC )
Portuguese: Associação Japonesa de América Latina e o Caribe ( AJALAC )


  1. JALAC provides updates on Latin American and Caribbean developments and supports communication between its members.
  2. JALAC invites prominent visitors from Latin America and the Caribbean to attend and speak at the association’s lectures and seminars. Guests and speakers include Latin American and Caribbean government officials, members of the business community, academics and cultural representatives, members of the mass media, Latin American and Caribbean Ambassadors to Japan, and Japanese Ambassadors to the countries in the region.
  3. JALAC publishes its Quarterly Latin American Journal: With an emphasis on the political and economic landscapes, this journal will feature reports on Latin America and the Caribbean, submitted by industry experts and specialists.
  4. The Institute for Latin American and the Caribbean Studies (ILAC), recently created JALAC’s research arm, publishes articles and reports by experts in diverse areas, all available on the Association’s website.
  5. JALAC organizes Social Gatherings and Networking Events: Task meetings, Latin-American themed cultural events, and other initiatives will be planned in accordance with member interest. Themes covered will include Latin American and Caribbean literature and music, among others.
  6. JALAC is a liaison with various Japan-Latin America organizations of bi-national and sub-regional characters and chambers of commerce.

Supporting members (about 86 corporate members)

About 100 organizations (manufacturers, construction and engineering companies, trading houses, financial institutions, universities, international & domestic accounting firms, international & domestic law firms and embassies) and 260 individuals.

◆JALAC Corporate members (by alphabetical order as of April 1, 2016)

2 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD 48 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
3 Aruji.Co.Ltd 49 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
4 Ceremonial Occasions Research Institute ,Inc.  (CORI) 50 Mitsubishi Paper Mills Limited
5 Chiyoda Corporation 51 Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
6 Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited 52 MITSUI & CO., LTD.
7 Daikin Industries, Ltd. 53 Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
8 Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory LLC 54 Mutual Service Aid Guarantee Corporation
9 Doshisha University Library 55 Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
10 Dowa Metals & Mining Co., Ltd. 56 Nanzan University Library
12 Fujita Corporation 58 Nishimura & Asahi
13 GENDAI Advanced Studies Research Organization 59 Nisshin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.
14 Glocal Japan Inc. 60 NTT DATA Corporation
15 Hino Motors, Ltd. 61 OMRON HEALTHCARE Co., Ltd.
16 Hitachi Ltd. 62 PricewaterhouseCoopers Co., Ltd.
17 Hokko Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. 63 Seijo University
18 Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. 64 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
19 Iberoamerican Institute, Sophia University 65 Shoko Chukin Bank
20 IHI Corporation 66 Sojitz Corporation
21 Institute For International Economic Studies 67 Sumitomo Corporation
22 Institute For International Socio-Economic Studies 68 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
23 IPC World, Inc. 69 TACHI-S CO., LTD.
24 ITOCHU Corporation 70 Takasago International Corporation
25 Japan Center for International Finance 71 Teikyo University Media Library Center
26 Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI) 72 Terumo Corporation
27 Japan International Cooperation Agency 73 The Asahi Shimbun Company
28 Japan Overseas Enterprises Association 74 The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
29 JTB Corporate Sales Inc. 75 Toda Corporation
30 JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation 76 Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
31 Kanda University Of International Studies 77 TOKURA CORPORATION
32 Kansai Gaidai University 78 Toray Industries, Inc.
33 Kansai University Library 79 Toshiba Corporation
34 Kanwajuku Co., Ltd 80 Toyobo Co., Ltd.
35 KOIZUMI Co., Ltd. 81 Toyota Motor Corporation
36 Komatsu Ltd. 82 Toyota Tsusho Corporation
38 Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Library 84 Ube Industries, Ltd.
39 Marubeni Corporation 85 UM Promotion Co., Ltd.
40 Matsuda & Partners 86 Urasenke Tankokai Federation
41 MAYEKAWA MFG. Co., Ltd. 87 Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais S.A.
42 MC FOODS LIMITED 88 Uyeno Transtech Ltd.
43 Metal One Corporation 89 Waseda University Library
44 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan 90 Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
45 Mitsubishi Corporation 91 Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
46 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation 92   



Number of Events/Seminars organized by JALAC in 2014: 18
Number of Events/Seminars organized jointly with other organizations: 15

Events organized by JALAC: examples (Jan-July 2015)

  • 23/01 Seminar, “Prospects for Latin America and the Caribbean Relations in 2015: in light of Prime Minister Abe visit”, Speaker, Mr. Yasushi Takase, Director General, Latin America and the Caribbean Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 27/02 Meeting with Japan’s Ambassadors to Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Paraguay).
  • 02/03 Seminar, “Mexico now: the latest news-report from the Ambassador”,Speaker, Mr. Akira Yamada, Ambassador of Japan to Mexico.
  • 12/03 Seminar, “Latin American regional integration at a crossroads? The Pacific Alliance and the Mercosur”, Speaker, Mr. Ignacio Bartesaghi, Director, Latin America-Asia Pacific Observatory (ALADI/CAF/ECLAC).
  • 17/03 Seminar, “Colombia: A Story of Success”, Speaker, Mr. E. Roberto Vélez, Ambassador of Colombia to Japan.
  • 21/04 Seminar: “Perú hoy y su perspectiva”, Speaker, Mr. Elard Escala, Ambassador of Peru to Japan.
  • 25/04 Seminar, “Panama: Building a Global Business Platform to serve the World”, Speaker,Mr. Ritter Diaz,   Ambassador of Panama to Japan.
  • 12/05 Seminar, “Present situation of disaster prevention and urban transportation in Latin America: from ICT perspectives “, Lecturer, Mr. Yukio Sasaki, Senior Researcher, International Institute of Social and Economic Research.
  • 21/05 Roundtable, “50th anniversary of the Training (kenshu) program for Latin American nationals of the Japanese descent”, co-sponsored by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 11/06 Seminar: “Reflecting on my mission as the Sao Paulo Consul General”, Speaker, Mr. Noriteru Fukushima, Former Consulate-General of Japan in Sao Paulo, and Ambassador of Japan to Argentina.
  • 09/07 Seminar, “Chile Today: Political and Economic Situation”, Speaker, Mr. Patricio Torres, Ambassador of Chile to Japan.
  • 16/07 Seminar, “Prospects for investment opportunities in Latin America: from a consulting company perspective”, Speakers, Team of PricewaterhouseCoopers Co. Ltd.
  • 23/07 Seminar, “Modalities of cooperation and recipient countries’ needs: from a viewpoint from JICA-dispatched experts”.
  • 29/07/ Roundtable with Six Parliamentary members (Senators and Deputies) from the Republic of Chile.



Latin America Quarterly (Jihou), published only in Japanese: 2015 Summer Issue (No. 1411)

Special Features : Central America and the Caribbean now

  • “Towards a new partnership between Japan and Central America and the Caribbean”, by Takashi Tanaka
  • “Participating in the 2nd Japan-Central America Business Forum” by Akira Kudo
  • “Current status of power and infrastructure investment in Central America and the Caribbean”, by A. Kudo and M. Kuwayama
  • “Private-sector power generation business in Costa Rica”, by Akihiro Fukuda
  • “Electric-power situation of the Caribbean countries via the optics of Jamaica”, by Masao Imazato
  • “Overview of development issues facing Central America and the Caribbean and JICA cooperation”, by Kazuo Fujishiro
  • “China and Central America and the Caribbean”, by Shohei Sotomi
  • “Ruins of the Mayan civilization as tourism resources”, by Seiichi Nakamura
  • “Security problems as serious barriers for economic activities”, by Michitaka Kanno
  • “Analyzing the Free Zones in the Dominican Republic: Opportunities for Japanese companies” by Naoki Saito



Name Japan Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (JALAC)
Address Hibiya Kokusai Bldg, 120A, 2-3, Uchisaiwaicho 2-chome,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo, Japan
Phone/Fax 81-3-3591-3831
E-mail Address Info@latin-america.jp
Website http://latin-america.jp