San Salvador, 20 July 2022 (TDI): El Salvador signed an Agreement with Japan to continue the Scholarship Project for Human Resource Development between the two countries. The project was initiated in 2020.

Moving ahead, the meeting was chaired by Alexandra Hill Tinoco, Foreign Minister of El Salvador, and Aryoshi Katsuhide, the Japanese Ambassador.

The Agreement was signed to encourage the El Salvadorian citizens to continue specialization in their respective fields.

On various occasions, both countries have signaled the importance of contributions to the educational infrastructure made by the two.

Furthermore, the Japanese Government funds the Human Resource Development Scholarship Program. This initiative is carried out by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Moreover, the purpose of this Scholarship Project is to provide young talent with the opportunity to gain success. Resultantly, this would allow social and economic development in both countries.

Additionally, cross-cultural interactions can strengthen the opportunity for international investments. This will happen as the young leaders adapt to Japan’s activities and cultural festivities.

Also, El Salvador is the first country from the Latin American region that has been given the opportunity of a Scholarship Project in Japan. Thereby, the credits go to El Salvador’s current Governance.

Adding to that, the Agreement entails around 1 Million and 330 Thousand USD in funding. This funding will support the future group of scholarship holders, allowing them to start their session in 2023. Foreign Minister Tinoco expressed gratitude towards the Government of Japan.

Japan-El-Salvador Relations

Despite being two geographically distant nations, in the last 70 years, Japan and El Salvador have built a relationship of friendship and cooperation.

Thus, in 2005, the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries was celebrated within the framework of the “Japan Central America Year, Friends United to the Future” celebrations.

The celebration coincided with various memorable events, such as the exchange of messages between the Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, and the President of the Republic of El Salvador, Elías Antonio Saca González, during February.

The participation of the Vice President, Ana Vilma de Escobar, and the Foreign Minister, Francisco Laínez, in Japan and Central America Summit, held in Tokyo in August; and the Official Visit of Their Hitachi Highnesses to El Salvador,

Diplomatic relations between Japan and El Salvador were established on February 15, 1935. Then, Mr. Yoshitaka Hori, the Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Mexico, presented his Letter of Credential to President Maximiliano Hernández Martínez. After World War II, both countries resumed their cordial bond.

Thus, in 1953, El Salvador was one of the first Western countries to open its market to Japanese products with the importation of its automobiles. Similarly, in 1955, thanks to the Salvadoran production and export of cotton, Japan invested for the first time in a Latin American country through the installation of an important textile company.