The General Consultation of the Japan-Canada Diet Friendship League and the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group

On August 28, 2023, a delegation from the Japan-Canada Diet Friendship League, visiting the Canadian capital of Ottawa, participated in the 21st General Consultation of the Japan-Canada Diet Friendship League and the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group. This was the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that a face-to-face General Consultation has been held, the last having taken place in Japan approximately six years ago.
At the plenary session, the Japanese and Canadian parliamentarians engaged in active discussions focusing on three pressing themes for both countries: 1) cooperation on peace, security, and trade issues in the Indo-Pacific and beyond; 2) cooperation on science and technology policy and scientific and academic exchange; and 3) ensuring family support policies.
President of the Japan-Canada Diet Friendship League, Mr. ETO Seishiro, a member of the House of Representatives, opened the meeting by welcoming the holding of the General Consultation on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan, and expressed his hope that Canada and Japan, as important partners in the Indo-Pacific region sharing universal values, will actively promote exchanges among the parliamentarians. Through the discussions at the General Consultation, President Eto also stressed the importance of regular exchange of views on academic exchange between Canada and Japan, particularly focusing on the engagement of inter-university cooperation.
In addition, House of Representatives member Ms. TSUCHIYA Shinako, vice president of the Japan-Canada Diet Friendship League, explained Japan's safe, transparent, and scientifically based process in light of the start of the discharge of treated water from TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and reiterated her request for understanding from the Canadian side. She also made specific points regarding the importance of a strategic approach to increasing the number of foreign students in Japan and collaboration between AI and science and technology.
Finally, the participating Diet members expressed their expectations for the next General Consultation and the visit to Japan by the members of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group, based on the substantial discussions that took place this time.