Japan Lecture Series:
 Canadian Scholar-Diplomats and Canada-Japan Relations 1929-1950

On November 18th, the first talk of Japan Lecture Series was held at the Embassy’s auditorium. Dr. Jacob Kobalio, an Associate History Professor at Carleton University, delivered a lecture entitled “Canadian Scholar-Diplomats and Canada-Japan Relations: 1929-1950.” More than 60 people attended this unique lecture which examined the early years of Canada-Japan relations.


In his presentation Dr. Kovalio traced the strong bond between Japan and Canada by looking at three Canadian diplomats who worked in Japan during the first half of the 20th century, along with their writings and their relationships with Japan.


In his opening remarks, Ambassador Okuda expressed his hope that this lecture would provide new insight into the history of Canada and Japan’s 85 years of diplomatic relations and provide lessons to help further the already enviable relationship between the two countries.


Ambassador Okuda giving opening remarks




Dr. Kovalio giving his lecture





The audience.