Greetings from Consul-General WAJIMA Takehiko

Consul-General Wajima

 I am pleased to meet you, everyone. My name is WAJIMA Takehiko and I have arrived at my post as the new Consul-General in Calgary.

 While I have had the pleasure of working in the United States several times, as well as visiting Canada as a tourist, this is my first time working in Canada. It is not only my first time in Calgary, but also the provinces and territories under this consulate’s jurisdiction. I feel very fortunate to be working here with the three prairie provinces, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut—all of which have breathtaking nature. I am looking forward to the various opportunities to meet everyone.

 Prior to being appointed, I was briefed by many people involved with Japan-Canada relations on Canada and the regions under the jurisdiction of this consulate. I learned of the good and strong relationships that have been built in a wide range of fields, such as the many longstanding undertakings among the Japanese and Nikkei communities; the over 20 twinned municipal relationships including those between Hokkaido and Alberta; large-scale projects by Japanese enterprises; and the activities of the participants of the JET Programme and recipients of the MEXT Scholarship, among others.

 The importance of Canada to the Asia-Pacific region has increased significantly due in part to the current international climate, and particularly, the value of our jurisdiction has become more relevant due to the security of its energy and food supplies. Moreover, the involvement of Japanese companies in Canada is growing in various fields such as liquid natural gas, and hydrogen; next-generation energy such as fuel ammonia; agricultural products such as wheat and canola oil; important raw material resources such as potassium chloride, and more.

 With your support and cooperation, my intention as Consul-General is to actively work towards strengthening the relationships and exchanges between the regions under the consulate’s jurisdiction in fields such as politics, economy and culture. Ensuring the safety of Japanese residents to live and work with peace of mind will be one of my top priorities. Do not hesitate to contact us with your opinions and requests. I look forward to your help and support.

April 9, 2024
WAJIMA Takehiko
Consul-General of Japan in Calgary