Resembling Japan in many ways, El Salvador is the most populous republic in Central America.
Its mountains are accentuated by volcanic cones and crater lakes that present beautiful views. The plains are limited to a narrow area on the Pacific coast, but it is the most intensely cultivated country in Latin America.
Thanks to the rich volcanic soil, high quality coffee and cotton are abundant. El Salvador's coffee is considered one of the best in the world, with its pungent aroma and rich taste. Coffee and cotton make up more than half of total exports.
The republic has trade and economic ties with Japan, its fourth largest trading partner. In 1968, El Salvador imported textile machinery, steel and automobiles worth $14814,000 from Japan. In turn, it exported to Japan $1595,000 worth of cotton and coffee. Also in the same year Japan sent the first team of 12 young Japanese peace workers to Savador. The team aims to help the Ministry of Education of El Salvador in the field of physical education.
At the end of 1969, the Export-Import Bank of Japan started to help finance the microwave communication system of the Central American Common Market, of which El Salvador is the most active member.
The Japan-El Salvador joint ventures are good examples of international cooperation in the world.
The welcome mat is always out for foreigners and the warmth of the people is revealed in the credo, "My house is your house".