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7 Dec 2012

Courtesy call to Québec by new Japanese Consul General in Montréal

Tatsuo Arai, Japanese Consul General in Montréal, met with Premier Pauline Marois.

Tatsuo Arai, Japan’s new Consul General in Montréal, made a courtesy call to Québec City on December 4. The trip was a chance for him to meet Premier Pauline Marois and Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade and Minister responsible for the Montréal region.

A G8 member-country and the world’s third-largest economy, Japan is an essential base for Québec in the Far East. It is Québec’s second-largest export market in Asia (after China), and number-two international market for agri-food products (after the United States). The Québec government’s main objectives in Japan revolve around economic trade (commerce and investments) and Québec’s cultural impact.

The new Consul General suggested that 2013 be specially celebrated by initiatives such as mission to Japan by a Québec cabinet minister, as the year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Québec government office in Tokyo (DGQT) and the 15th anniversary of the twinning of Montréal and Hiroshima.

The meeting in Québec City highlighted the importance that Québec places on its relations with Japan and both parties’ significant interest in sharing expertise related to similar challenges.
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