Brasilia, 29 January 2022 (TDI): Brazil is thankful for Japan’s support in dealing with floods that hit the country. The support is an initiative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA direct).

Through JICA, Japan donates 3000 blankets, 300 tents, and 75 rolls of plastic canvas. This support is an addition to the effort of the Brazilian government to deal with the issue.

Torrential rains fell in the south-eastern region of Brazil and caused landslides and floods stated the officials.

The floods have affected approximately 40 cities in the state of Bahia. More than 35,000 people are displaced, according to the Bahia Civil Defense and Protection Agency.

Meteorologists say that the excessive rain is a result of the South Atlantic Convergence Zone (SACZ). The SACZ is a phenomenon that causes heavy rainfall. Furthermore, they say that heavy rainfall results in La Niña; another climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean that affects the weather.

Apart from Bahia, another region named Minas Gerais experienced floods and landslides on January 12. Both have their location in common, on the Atlantic coast.

Brazil and Japan Relationship

Both States started interacting in 1895. Since then, they have been closely connected. On the bilateral relations, Brazil and Japan’s agreements help them cooperate.

For instance, the agreement on technical cooperation, cooperation in science, technology, the agreement on the issuance of multiple-entry visas, and more.

Japanese people move to Brazil to engage in the coffee industry and Brazilian to Japan for the car manufacturing business. Cultural exchange is one of the main tools of their bilateral relations.

In the Multilateral area, Brazil and Japan cooperate in different International organizations. Brazil and Japan are members of the United Nations (UN), the International Monetary fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the G20, and more.

What is JICA?

The Japan International Cooperation Agency is a Japanese Institution for International Assistance. Its activities revolve around human security and efficient actions.

JICA aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation and Japan’s impact on the global economy. Moreover, JICA wants to promote stability in developing regions.

The organization is active in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia, East, and Central Asia. To conclude, this gesture of Japan is a reflection of its friendship with Brazil that is strong.