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5 Aug 2011

Farewell meeting with the Consul General of Japan in Montréal

<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/MGT_isobe_Charest_2.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Minister Gagnon-Tremblay, the Consul General and Premier Charest.</span>

Premier Jean Charest and Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay met with the Consul General of Japan in Montréal, Hiroaki Isobe, on August 3 in Québec City to mark the approaching end of his mandate.

Minister Gagnon-Tremblay took the opportunity to praise the commitment of the Consul General to developing ties between Québec and Japan. Among his many contributions, Mr. Isobe established a network of high level contacts. He also contributed to the success of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Consulate General of Japan in Montréal.

The Minister also mentioned that the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, events that occurred during Mr. Isobe’s tenure in Québec, were an occasion to reaffirm the friendship between Quebecers and the Japanese people. The Québec National Assembly adopted a motion of compassion for and solidarity with the Japanese people on March 15 in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan to Canada, Mr. Ishikawa, who was visiting Québec City that day.

The Premier will be heading a mission to Japan in August. Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay will be travelling with him. It will be the first visit to Japan by a Premier of Québec since 1999.

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