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27 Aug 2011

Mission to Japan generates positive results

<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/Charest_Ikeda_2.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">The mission to Japan was an opportunity for Premier Charest to meet with officials such as Motoiseda Ikeda, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.</span>

Québec Premier Jean Charest wrapped up the Japanese segment of his trip to Asia on August 27 by meeting with Keiji Yamada, Governor of Kyoto Prefecture and President of the National Governors Association.

They discussed the following topics during their meeting:

  • relations between Québec and Japan
  • Québec’s Plan Nord (Northern Plan)
  • the fight against climate change.

In 2008, the Government of Québec and Kyoto Prefecture signed a joint declaration on collaboration in areas such as the environment, education and economic relations. Among other things, the declaration paved the way to cooperation between Université Laval and Kyoto University.

Mission accomplished

During his four-day mission, Premier Charest was able to meet with a number of political decision-makers, including:

  • Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary and government spokesman
  • Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Motohisa Ikeda, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Takahiro Yokomichi, Speaker, House of Representatives
  • Keiji Yamada, Governor of Kyoto Prefecture.

In addition, Jean Charest addressed an audience of 175 people, most of them from the business community, during a conference lunch held by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He also met with representatives of the financial sector and large Japanese companies that could be interested in investing in Québec.

The Premier spoke with executives from Mitsubishi, Hydro-Québec’s partner in developing an electric vehicle. Last but not least, he toured “The Man Who Planted Trees,” an exhibition that pays tribute to Québec artist and filmmaker Frédéric Back.

The trip was the first visit to Japan by a Québec premier since 1999.

Close ties

Along with China and India, Japan is one of three high-priority Asian countries singled out by the Government of Québec. Québec’s relations with Japan focus primarily on economic growth and diversification and on boosting Québec’s cultural impact. The Québec Government Office in Tokyo (DGQT) will soon be celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Québec Government Office in Tokyo
Relations between Québec and Japan
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