Japan first established diplomatic relations with Brazil in 1895. Japan used foreign aid to promote its trade with Brazil after World War II. Direct investment was used to develop businesses in Brazil. More Japanese emigrants are found in Brazil than any other country, giving Japanese Brazilians a significant demographic presence in Brazil.
According to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, 71% of Brazilians view Japan's influence positively, with only 10% expressing a negative view, making Brazil one of the most pro-Japanese nations in the world. In the same poll, 40% of Japanese people viewed Brazil's influence positively, with only 3% holding a negative view.
- Kodansha encyclopedia of Japan, 1983
- Helen Lanto Quan (2002), Finance, diplomacy and development: a study of Brazilian-Japanese relations in the twentieth century, University of California
- Takayo Yamada (1996), The economic relations between Brazil and Japan: the role of foreign direct investment (dissertation submitted in part requirement for the degree Master of Business Administration, Department of Management Studies, University of Glasgow), University of Glasgow
- The Japanese economy, M.E. Sharp, 2002,
The largest amount of Japanese migrants worldwide is found in Brazil
- 2013 World Service Poll BBC
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