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Consul General's Message No. 8 - February

Consul General's Message No. 8

Hello, everyone!

In February, Calgary entered into real winter with temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius. In this season, I took part in the New Year’s Party of the Nikkei Cultural Society of Lethbridge on January 26th, and Mamemaki held by the New Japanese Canadian Association in Calgary on February 2nd. In Lethbridge, I had the chance to enjoy the Winter Lights Festival at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden. I met with Mr. Kenneth Zaifman, the Honourary Consul General in Winnipeg, Dr. Victor Sawa, the Honourary Consul General in Regina, and Dr. Olenka Bilash, the Honourary Consul General in Edmonton to further our cooperation through this year.

On January 8th, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a telephone meeting. They exchanged their views on this year’s G20 Osaka Summit and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which entered into force at the end of last year and the further strengthening of bilateral ties. On January 23rd, Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland met, using the opportunity presented by the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

On January 28th, my Consulate-General hosted the annual networking reception of the Alberta Japan Business Association (AJBA), where participants, including Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Energy Ms. Colleen Volk and AJBA members, exchanged views. Participants enjoyed Japanese cuisine, sake, and tea. Many Japanese products were also on display to promote exports from Japan. The CPTPP will contribute toward increased two-way trade. I wish to convey my most sincere gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the reception.

As for Japan-Canada exchanges, interviews of JET candidates took place in Calgary and Winnipeg. I hope many young Canadian will have the opportunity to visit and experience Japan. Consular service was made available by the Consulate-General in Banff, Alberta on January 15th and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 4th, and will be available in Edmonton, Alberta on March 22nd. Please make use of these services if there is a need.

Shigenobu Kobayashi
Consul General of Japan in Calgary
February 7th, 2019

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