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Jakarta Post

Brazil's ties with Indonesia growing rapidly: Envoy

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 4 2009   /  02:02 pm

In the beginning, some people in Jakarta thought he was the Japanese ambassador to Indonesia, thanks to his name and physical appearance. Most of the time, Ambassador Edmundo Sussumu Fujita has had to convince people that he is the ambassador of Brazil, the land of samba and soccer. Fujita, an ethnic Japanese who was born and raised in Brazil, will be leaving Indonesia and his numerous friends very soon, following the completion of his three-year tenure here. Before his arrival here, the relations between Brazil, South America's foremost economic power, and Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, were like those between two sleeping giants. "Yes, earlier they were like two sleeping elephants. But now they are wake up and want to work together as partners," Fujita told The Jakarta Post in an interview at his office recently in Jakarta. Under Fujita's watch, the re...