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3 Nov 2010

Japan celebrates 50th anniversary of its consulate in Québec

From left to right: Minister Gagnon-Tremblay, Japanese Consul General Hiroaki Isobe, and Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume Photo: Éric Labonté

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, took part in an activity yesterday at the city hall in Quebec City to honour the fiftieth anniversary of Japan’s consulate in Québec.

Attended by some 70 people, including Hiroaki Isobe, Consul General of Japan, Peter O'Donohue, Consul General of the United States, and Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City, Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay gave a speech that paid tribute to the quality of the lasting relations between Québec and Japan.

“We are celebrating five decades of the Japanese government’s representation in Québec and are at the same time moving into the fourth decade of Québec’s representation in Japan, which is provided by the Québec Government Office in Tokyo. That has given rise to remarkable progress in our bilateral relations, which have developed magnificently over the years,” declared the Minister.

The activity was held at the “Four Seasons of Gardens in Kyoto” exhibit by Japanese photographer Katsuhiko Mizuno, which was simultaneously on display at city hall and the Musée de la civilisation.

It should also be noted that the Musée de la civilisation has scheduled Sunday, November 14 as a day dedicated to the discovery of Japanese culture and that the fiftieth anniversary of Japan’s representation in Québec will also be celebrated in Montreal as part of the traditional reception for Japan’s national holiday.

Québec-Japan relations
Québec Government Office in Tokyo
Consulate General of Japan in Montreal
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