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Minister Dion welcomes Japanese counterpart
February 11, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will meet with His Excellency Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, during Minister Kishida’s visit to Ottawa tomorrow.
Ministers Dion and Kishida will discuss various elements of Canada-Japan bilateral relations, including regional and international security concerns, trade, climate change and people-to-people exchanges.
“I am pleased to welcome Minister Kishida to Ottawa. This visit to Canada—Mr. Kishida’s first since being appointed foreign minister in December 2012—will serve to enhance our high-level strategic engagement with Japan, advance key bilateral interests and enable us to exchange views on global issues of concern. We will also discuss our respective priorities for the G7, an important group that Japan is chairing this year.”
- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Canada views Japan as an important partner in the Asia-Pacific region and as a key partner with respect to Canada’s economic and strategic interests in the 21st century. The two countries collaborate in various forums, including the G7 (Japan chairs the G7 this year), the United Nations and APEC.
- Canada and Japan have opportunities to increasingly partner on peace and security issues.
- The two countries’ many existing bilateral agreements—covering security; trade; science, technology and innovation (STI); education; and culture—help to sustain the relationship and provide the basis for further cooperation.
- There is potential for expanding STI collaboration in the academic and public sectors, as well as for facilitating partnerships with leading Japanese companies.
- Japan, which had a GDP of $5.1 trillion in 2014, is the world’s third-largest economy, a vital hub for accessing Asian and global value chains, and a priority market for Canada.
- In 2014 Canadian merchandise exports to Japan totalled $10.7 billion, while services exports accounted for $1.5 billion. In the same year, merchandise imports from Japan amounted to $13.3 billion, and services imports totalled just under $2 billion.
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