The Government of Canada has committed to deepen and renew its social and economic engagement with Asia, in order to better pursue Canada’s interests and values.
Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, concluded his official working visit in Japan, which included an audience with the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “Improving trade relations with Japan is a top priority of our government. The growing collaboration between Canada and Japan- on innovation and science- will contribute to our economic growth, will benefit all Canadians,” Trudeau said.
While in Tokyo, the Prime Minister met with representatives of the automotive sector to underline that Canada is a great place to invest. He also took the opportunity to discuss trade opportunities, promote Canadian quality, and highlight Canada’s research and development capacity and innovation expertise. The automotive sector represents tremendous opportunities to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow both countries’ economies. The two countries are both members of the G20, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (A.P.E.C.).
During the meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues important to Canada and Japan, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, global health initiatives, infrastructure for sustainable growth, and collaboration on Arctic science. Finally, they discussed the revitalization of the Canada-Japan Joint Economic Committee, an important forum to improve economic ties between Canada and Japan.