Consul General's Message No. 6
It is finally approaching the end of the year and, in December, each day the temperature seems to drop even lower. I have visited Edmonton as part of my official visit to the Province on Alberta on November 26th and 27th, and I had the honour of meeting with the Honourable Brian Mason in his capacity as Acting Premier of Alberta. I also held a series of fruitful meetings with Ministers, other government officials, post-secondary education institutions, and private companies, in which we exchanged views on how to further strengthen our bilateral ties. Dr. Olenka Bilash, the Honourary Consul General in Edmonton, accompanied me in all of these important meetings.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a Japan-Canada summit meeting on November 18th, on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting in Papua New Guinea. The two leaders exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including regional affairs, the bilateral relationship, and trade and economy, and they shared the view that Japan and Canada must continue to cooperate in addressing these issues.
In Calgary, the Consulate-General held receptions in celebration of the birthday of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, on November 22nd and 23rd. It was my honour to welcome so many guests from government, the consular corps, the private sector, and other sectors of society. I deeply appreciated the presence of Dr. Victor Sawa, Honourary Consul General of Japan in Regina, and other guests who kindly participated from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
The Consulate-General also organized a well-appreciated and popular series of cultural events on November 14th, involving the visit to Calgary by renowned manga artist Erica Sakurazawa. I am grateful to the participants who attended her lecture/demonstration and workshop. Consular service will be made available by the Consulate-General in Banff, Alberta on January 15th and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 4th. Please make use of these services if there is a need.
As 2018 comes to a close and we look ahead to 2019, the Consulate-General will continue to work for you.
Consul General of Japan in Calgary
December 6th, 2018