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18 Jun 2012

Governor of Kyoto’s visit focuses on sustainable development

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Photo_UNE_Charest_Yamada_500.jpg')"><em>Click to enlarge</em></div><span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/"> Renewal of the joint cooperation declaration; Premier Charest and Kyoto Governor Keiji Yamada</span>

Governor of Kyoto Prefecture Keiji Yamada has just completed his first official visit to Québec following an invitation by the Premier. During his visit, Conference of Montreal President and co-founder Gil Rémillard also invited him to address the Conference on June 12. The theme of Governor Yamada’s speech was “The management of model forests in Kyoto: sustainable development of the region.”

Based on the positive collaborations arising from the joint declaration signed in 2008, Mr. Charest and Mr. Yamada reaffirmed their desire to strengthen ties between Québec and Kyoto Prefecture even more. They renewed the joint cooperation declaration, which reinforces certain areas of cooperation, notably with regard to renewable energies and the green economy.

Premier Charest met with Governor Yamada during his mission to Japan in August 2011. This meeting—a high point of his visit—was held on a Saturday, which is generally unheard of and which was a token of the Governor’s appreciation of the solidarity shown by Quebecers following the triple tragedy in March 2011 in Japan.

The Governor of Kyoto’s visit to Québec was an occasion for representatives of the Ministère des Relations internationales to conduct follow-ups and build on the network of high-level political contacts by strengthening institutional links with one of Japan’s most important prefectures.

As President of the National Governors Association of Japan, Mr. Yamada plays a leading role at the prefectural level at a time when some prefectures are calling for a decentralization of powers

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