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17 Jan 2014

Minister Jean-François Lisée to head a mission to Japan

Minister Jean-François Lisée will be heading a multisectoral mission to Japan from January 19 to 24.

Mr. Lisée will be accompanied by some forty representatives of companies, universities and Québec and Japanese organizations.

The visit to Japan by the Minister will also be an occasion to mark the 40th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Tokyo. “Québec’s presence in Japan for forty years is of vital importance for us. In the current global context where free trade is increasingly the norm, maintaining these relations is a top priority for us,” said the Minister.

Economic policy

This mission is an integral part of the pursuit of the objectives set out in the Québec Economic Policy launched by the government in October 2013 and will contribute to creating a favourable business environment for developing and strengthening international partnerships.

Minister Jean-François Lisée will take advantage of the visit to Japan to present the National Research and Innovation Policy, the External Trade Development Plan, the Industrial Policy and the Transportation Electrification Strategy to representatives of the Japanese central government and the private sector.

The mission will also be an opportunity for Québec universities and research institutes to develop partnerships in the fields of social sciences, the humanities, transportation electrification and green energy.

The third largest economy in the world and Québec’s seventh largest trading partner, Japan is a highly competitive market and a world leader in science and technology.

The country offers numerous business opportunities for Québec companies, mainly in niche sectors such as information technologies, green building, 3D animation, aerospace and life sciences.

Québec is home to some fifty Japanese subsidiaries that currently employ some 6,000 people.

Québec exports to Japan increased by 23% in 2012, totalling $1 billion.

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