On Tuesday 17 April, Mr. Eunício Oliveira, President of the Federal Senate, Federative Republic of Brazil, who was in Japan at the invitation of the House of Councillors of Japan, visited the House of Representatives with his delegation and met with Mr. Tadamori Oshima, Speaker; Mr. Hirotaka Akamatsu, Vice-Speaker; and Mr. Keiji Furuya, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules and Administration.
Speaker Oshima began by welcoming the delegation to Japan, noting this year marked the 110th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil and mentioning the increasing momentum for further developing bilateral relations. Touching on the fact that many Japanese companies have entered the Brazilian market, he expressed hope for further strengthening of the economic ties between the two countries. He then gave his thanks for the support Japan received from Brazil after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami on 11 March 2011.
In reply, thanking Mr. Oshima for his welcome, Mr. Oliveira indicated appreciation for Japan's technical support in the field of agriculture. He explained that Brazil's economy had shown signs of recovery, and his hopes that more Japanese companies will enter the Brazilian market.
They also talked about other subjects including the promotion of free trade.