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Brazil—Japan Cooperation: From Complementarity to Shared Value

  • Analyzes how economic complementarity has shaped Brazil-Japan relations

  • Discusses what Brazil and Japan share as fundamental values

  • Explains multifaceted cooperation in local and international issues

  • Provides free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Brazil–Japan Cooperation from General Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Nobuaki Hamaguchi
      Pages 3-19Open Access
    3. Brazil–Japan Relationship: A Partnership?

      • Henrique Altemani de Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Lessa
      Pages 21-42Open Access
  3. Brazil–Japan Cooperation from Global Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 85-85
    2. Global Environmental Governance and ODA from Japan to Brazil

      • Shuichiro Masukata, Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, Nanahira de Rabelo e Sant’Anna
      Pages 87-111Open Access
  4. Brazil–Japan Cooperation from Bilateral Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 139-139
    2. Dissemination of Japanese Quality Control in Brazil

      • Nobuaki Hamaguchi, Silvio Y. M. Miyazaki
      Pages 177-201Open Access
    3. Conclusion: Structuring Brazil–Japan Cooperation from Complementarity to Shared Value

      • Nobuaki Hamaguchi, Danielly Ramos
      Pages 203-209Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 211-214

About this book

This is an open access book. Relations between Brazil and Japan progressed dynamically in the 1960s and 1970s, centering on the substantial complementarity between Japan’s needing primary goods to sustain high economic growth and Brazil’s seeking non-hegemonic investment to invigorate its resource potential. Now that this complementarity has lost significance, the two countries are restructuring their relations to protect shared values of democracy, freedom, the rule of law, and the need for maintaining good relations with both China and the United States.

Analyzed here is the development of this renewed bilateral relationship in multiple directions: productivity, global environment and health, migration, and triangular cooperation in third countries’ development. Facing the prospect of a declining population, Japan may become more open to international migration, but the experience with Japanese-descent Brazilian workers since the amendment of the migration control law in 1990 presents many lessons and challenges for the symbiosis of multicultural groups. Brazil, for its part, needs to address social inequality. To this end, it is fundamental to improve the quality of work.

This book argues that Brazil and Japan can benefit from cooperation in managing those country-specific issues. It also discusses ways that Brazil and Japan can profit from coordinating action on global problems such as greenhouse gas reduction, mitigation of tropical diseases, healthy community building, and high-quality infrastructure for poverty reduction.


  • Dekasegi workers
  • Economic complementarity
  • Multicultural-coliving
  • Global environmental governance
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Total quality control
  • Kaizen
  • Global health
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Brazil-Japan relationship
  • Brazilian Foreign Policy
  • Japanese Foreign Policy
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • RIEB, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan

    Nobuaki Hamaguchi

  • Institute of International Relations, University of Brasília, Brasilia, Brazil

    Danielly Ramos

About the editors

Nobuaki Hamaguchi is a professor at the Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration (RIEB) at Kobe University, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. degree in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His research interests are in regional/industrial policies and economic integration. From 2011 to date, he has been a program director and a faculty fellow of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry (RIETI). He is the co-author of Spatial Economics for Building Back Better: The Japanese Experience (Springer 2021) and Cutting the Distance: Benefits and Tensions from the Recent Active Engagement of China, Japan, and Korea in Latin America (Springer 2018).


Danielly Ramos, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Institute of International Relations and director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Brasília (UnB). She coordinates the Asia–Latin America and Caribbean research group (ASIALAC). Her research focuses on Brazil’s foreign policy and Asia–Latin America relations. Her publications probe China’s foreign direct investment in Latin America and the Caribbean, inter alia, especially connections between Chinese multinational corporations’ investments and Brazil's domestic political economy. She is the co-author of “Rise and Fall of Triumphalism in Brazilian Foreign Policy: The International Strategy of the Workers Party’s Governments” in Status and the Rise of Brazil (Palgrave Macmillan) and “One Step Closer: The Politics and the Economics of China's Strategy in Brazil and the Case of the Electric Power Sector” in China–Latin America Relations in the 21st Century (Springer 2020).

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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