Angola-Japan Relations

The Angola-Japan diplomatic relations were established in September 1976. The two countries started to exchange high level visits in the late 1980s with the most notable being the visit to Japan in 2001 by H.E. Mr. José Eduardo dos Santos, President of the Republic of Angola. Other recent notable visits are:

From the Angolan Side

YearMonthName
1978JuneH.E. Mr. José Carlos Víctor de Carvalho, President of National
Bank of Angola
1980January to
February
H.E. Mr. Sobrinho President of the Import Corporation
1988AugustH.E. Mr. Cadete, Deputy Minister of Foreigh Affairs
1989FebruaryH.E. Mr. Van-Dunem, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1991AugustH.E. Mr. Van-Dunem, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1992MarchH.E. Mr. Van-Dunem, Minister of Foreign Affairs
1993JuneH.E. Mr. Celestino Dias, Minister of Commerce and Tourism
1993OctoberH.E. Ambassador Armando Mateus Cadete (TICAD I)
1995AprilH.E. Mr. Maecolino Moco, Prime Minister
H.E. Mr. Venancio da S. Moura, Minister of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Ms. Albina F. de Assis, Minister of Oil
H.E. Mr. Carlos Feijo, Cabinet Secretary
1995OctoberH.E. Mr. José Dias, Minister of Geology and Mines
H.E. Ms. Marta de F. M. Jardim, Minister of Fisheries and
Environment
1998OctoberH.E. Mr. Antonio Costa Neto, Minister of Public Administration
Employment and Social Security
1999November to
December
H.E. Mr. Van-Dunem, Cabinet Secretary
2000DecemberH.E. Mr. Van-Dunem, Cabinet Secretary
2001JanuaryH.E. Mr. José Eduardo dos Santos, President
H.E. Mr. João Miranda, Minister of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mr. António Henriques da Silva, Minister of Public Works
and Urbanism
H.E. Mr. André Luíz Brandão, Minister of Transport
H.E. Mr. Victorino Hossi, Minister of Commerce
H.E. Mr. Van-Dunem, Cabinet Secretary
2001SeptemberH.E. Mr. Jorge Valentin, Minister of Hotels and Tourism
2001DecemberH.E. Mr. João Miranda, Minister of Foreign Affairs
(TICAD Ministerial Level Meeting)
2002OctoberH.E. Mr. Victorino Hossi, Minister of Commerce
( [SADC] Exhibition )
2003AugustH.E. Mr. José Pedro de Morais, Minister of Finance
2003SeptemberH.E. Mr. Aguinaldo Jaime, Assistant Minister to the Prime
Minister (TICAD III)
2004NovemberH.E. Ms. Ana Dias Lourenço, Minister of Planning
(TICAD Asia-Africa Trade and Investment Conference)
2005JanuaryH.E. Mr. Van-Dunem, Minister of Interior
2005AugustH.E. Mr. João Miranda, Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Exposition guest)
2005SeptemberH.E. Mr. Dias dos Santos, Prime Minister
2007MayH.E. Mr. André Brandão, Minister of Transport
2007JuneH.E. Mr. Joaquim David , Minister of Industry
2007OctoberH.E. Mr. João Ngandajina, Minister of Science and Technology
(STS Forum)
2008MayH.E. Mr. Dias dos Santos, Prime Minister (TICAD IV)
2010OctoberH.E. Ms. Maria Jardim, Minister of Environment
2011FebruaryH.E. Mr. Georges Chikoti, Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs guest)
2011MayH.E. Mr. Joaquim David, Minister of Industry
2011NovemberH.E. Mr. Joaquim David, Minister of Industry
2012MarchH.E. Mr. Augusto Tomás, Minister of Transport
(Japan-SADC Infrastructure Investment Seminar)
2012DecemberH.E. Ms. Maria Bragança, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
(Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety)
2013JuneH.E. Mr. Georges Chikoti, Minister of Foreign Affairs (TICAD V)
2013SeptemberH.E. Mr. Francisco Queirós, Minister of Geology and Mines
2014NovemberH.E. Ms. Maria Martins, Deputy Minister of Higher Education
(UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable
Development (ESD))
2015AugustH.E. Mr. Armando Manuel, Minister of Finance
2015OctoberH.E. Mr. João Baptista Kussumua, Minister of Assistance and
Social Reinsertion (Invitation of strategic practitioners from the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015)
2015DecemberH.E. Mr. Sr. Abrahão Pio dos Santos Gourgel, Minister of Economy
2016MarchH.E. Mr. Dias dos Santos, National Assembly Speaker
(Invitation to the House of Representatives)
2018FebruaryH.E. Mr. José de Lima Massano, Governor of National Bank of
Angola (Invitation to ministerial level)
2018OctoberH.E. Mr. Manuel Domingos Augusto, Minister of External
Relations
2018OctoberH.E. Ms. Maria do Rosário Bragança Sambo, Minister of
Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation
(STS Forum)
2018DecemberH.E. Mr. João Baptista Borges, Minister of Energy and Water
(Invitation to JICA)
2019JanuaryH.E. Mr. Augusto Archer Mangueira, Minister of Finance
H.E. Mr. Ricardo Daniel Sandão Queiros Viegas de Abreu,
Minister of Transports
H.E. Mr. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral
Resources and Petroleum
2019AugustTICAD VII
H.E. Mr. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of
the Republic
H.E. Mr. Manuel Domingos Augusto, Minister of External
Relations
H.E. Mr. Augusto Archer Mangueira, Minister of Finance
H.E. Mr. Manuel Neto da Costa, Minister of Economy and
Planning
H.E. Mr. Ricardo Daniel Sandão Queiros Viegas de Abreu,
Minister of Transports
H.E. Ms. Sílvia Paula Valentim Lutucuta, Minister of Health
H.E. Mr. João Baptista Borges, Minister of Energy and Water
H.E. Ms. Ana Paula Tuavanje Elias, Minister of Education
H.E. Ms. Maria do Rosário Bragança Sambo, Minister of Higher
Education, Science, Technology and Innovation
H.E. Mr. Jofre Van-Dúnem Júnior, Minister of Commerce
H.E. Ms. Paula Cristina Francisco Coelho, Minister of
Environment
2019OctoberH.E. Mr. Frederico Manuel dos Santos e Silva Cardoso, Minister
of State and Chief of Staff of the Office of the President
(Enthronement Ceremony)

From the Japanese Side

YearMonthName
1978FebruaryDevelopment and Import Survey Team
(Team Head: Mitsui Murata Advisor)
1978NovemberGovernment mission to participate in Independence Day ceremony
(Mission Head: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Division Director)
1989OctoberH.E. Ms. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, UNICEF Amity Ambassador
1994SeptemberH.E. Mr. Masakuni Murakami, Member of House of Councilors
H.E Mr. Norifumi Kato, Member of House of Councilors
H.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors
1998NovemberH.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors
2000JanuaryH.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors Foreign
Affairs and Defense Comminttee Chairman
2001AugustH.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors
2002AugustH.E. Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs
2002SeptemberH.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors
2003MarchH.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
2004MayH.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors
2005NovemberJapan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
( H.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors
H.E. Mr. Yuko Obuchi, Member of House of Representatives
H.E. Mr. Toshio Yamauchi, Member of House of Councilors
H.E. Mr. Tsunenori Kawai, Member of House of Councilors
H.E. Mr. Toshiei Mizuochi, Member of House of Councilors
H.E. Mr. Junzo Yamamoto, Member of House of Councilors
H.E. Mr. Tsukasa Akimoto, Member of House of Councilors )
2007NovemberH.E. Ms. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, UNICEF Amity Ambassador
2008JanuaryH.E. Mr. Tetsuro Yano, Member of House of Councilors
2010AugustJoint Missions for Promoting Trade and Investment to
Southern Africa
( H.E. Mr. Osamu Fujimura, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mr. Chiaki Takahashi, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy,
Trade and Industry )
2012JanuaryH.E. Mr. Toshiyuki Kato, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
2012DecemberH.E. Mr. Takashi Morita, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs
and Communications
2013MarchH.E. Mr. Keiichiro Tachibana, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Internal Affairs
and Communications
2016MarchH.E. Mr.Ken Shimanouchi, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister
2017JanuaryODA Research Mission of the House of Councilors
( H.E. Mr. Masahisa Sato,
H.E. Mr. Iwao Horii,
H.E. Mr. Hideya Sugio )
2017AugustH.E. Mr. Daishiro Yamagiwa, Member of House of Representatives
2017SeptemberH.E. Mr. Masahisa Sato, State Minister for Foreign Affair
As Special Envoy of Prime Minister)
2018AugustJapan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
( H.E. Mr. Yoshitaka Sakurada, Member of House of Representatives
H.E. Mr. Toshitaka Ooka, Member of House of Representatives
H.E. Mr. Masahiro Komura, Member of House of Representatives )
2019AprilH.E. Mr. Ichiro Kashitani (President&CEO of Toyota Tsusho Corp. and
Honorary Consul of The Republic of Angola)
2019MayH.E. Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs
2020JanuaryJapan-AU Parliamentary Friendship League
(H.E. Mr. Toshitaka Ooka, Member of House of Representatives)

Economic Relations and Bilateral Cooperation

Angola’s imports from Japan include vehicles, machinery, steel products etc. whereas Japan’s imports from Angola are dominated by oil and other raw materials. In order to promote greater trade and investments the two countries are currently negotiating the signing of a reciprocal investment protection agreement.

The Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Japan has organized two Angola-Japan business seminars, with the first one held in Tokyo (September 2013) and second one in Luanda (March 2015). The seminar held in Luanda attracted more than 100 businessmen from Japan representing 37 companies. Following these two seminars, the number of Japanese going to Angola on business has increased.

In January 2013, Angola’s Agostinho Neto University and Japan’s Ryukoku University signed a student exchange and cooperation Agreement, marking the first such partnership between an Angolan and an Asian university. In September of the same year, the Geological Institute of Angola (IGEO) and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) signed a protocol of cooperation.

Bilateral Representation

The Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Japan was inaugurated in 2001 and the current Ambassador is H.E. Mr. Rui Orlando Xavier. The Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Angola was inaugurated in 2005 and its current Ambassador is H.E. Mr. Maruhashi Jiro. As of May 2015, the number of Angolan nationals in Japan stands at 46.