El Salvador and Japan

By Eddie Galdamez on September 4, 2020

Japan donates 1.7 million in scholarships to El Salvador.

El Salvador and Japan have a diplomatic relationship that has been in existence for a long time. The year 2020 marks the 85th anniversary of the diplomatic relationships between the two nations.

Over the years, Japan, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, has been one of the countries that have provided immense economic support to El Salvador. Evidence of this support is visible in municipalities all over the country.

Japan and El Salvador
Photos by @cancilleriasv

Japan donates $ 1.7 million in development scholarships to benefit El Salvador.

September 4th, 2020

Today, the government of Japan made a donation of $ 1.7 million in human resource development scholarships to El Salvador. The scholarship agreement was signed by the Japanese ambassador to El Salvador Kazuyoshi Higuchi and Chancellor Alexandra Hill Tinoco.

This scholarship initiative will provide public officials, younger people, and university professors the opportunity to get a higher education, such as masters and doctorates in Japanese universities.

The beneficiaries will be able to opt for masters or doctorates in areas such as transportation and Coastal Development, at the University of Hiroshima. Also, industrial promotion for economic revitalization at the University of Meiji and the International University of Japan.

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Ambassador Kazuyoshi Higuchi explained that in Latin America, El Salvador is the first and only country where Japan carries out this program. This is another evidence of the extensive support Japan gives to El Salvador.

Chancellor Alexandra Hill Tinoco, on behalf of the Nayib Bukele government, gave thanks to the Japanese ambassador and the government of Japan.

“We are sure that it will be a significant contribution to one of the key areas in the development plans of our country, such as education.”
Alexandra Hill Tinoco
“It is a great opportunity for our human talent to strengthen their academic skills in top-level universities. And then to put all that knowledge into practice to promote projects that will be of enormous benefit to the population.”
Alexandra Hill Tinoco

Without a doubt, these scholarships will provide opportunities for professional development and will support the public sector.


El Salvador is the first country in Latin America to benefit from Japan with the “Scholarship Project for the Development of Human Resources”