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14 Feb 2014

40 years of Québec-Japan relations

His Excellency Norihiro Okuda, Ambassador of Japan in Ottawa, and Minister Jean-François Lisée.

At the initiative of Minister Jean-François Lisée, the National Assembly of Québec adopted a motion yesterday to celebrate Québec’s four decades of official presence in Japan.

The declaration affirms the parliamentarians’ unanimous confidence in the promising future of Québec-Japan relations.

They acknowledged the depth and diversity of the relations that Québec and Japan have established over the years in all sectors – the economy, culture, scientific research, the environment, education – as well as the institutional and political ties that have been forged.

His Excellency Norihiro Okuda, Japan’s Ambassador to Canada in Ottawa, made an official visit to Québec for the occasion. He was accompanied by the Consul General of Japan in Montréal, Tatsuo Arai.

The Japanese ambassador’s official visit also provided an opportunity to discuss the follow-up to Minister Lisée’s recent mission to Japan and reiterate Japan’s keen interest in strengthening its relations with Québec.

One of the main issues for both partners involves seeking partnerships and sharing expertise in the transportation electrification sector.

Québec Government Office in Tokyo

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