Ambassador Kawamura’s remarks at the Centre for the Study of Global Japan, the University of Toronto

On October 26, Ambassador KAWAMURA Yasuhisa virtually delivered remarks at the Centre for the Study of Global Japan, Munk School for Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, as part of a special lecture by the Honourable Byron Wilfert a former member of parliament and co-chair of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group.

Ambassador Kawamura highlighted Mr. Wilfert’s contributions to enhancing Japan-Canada relations, notably as co-chair of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group for over ten years. For his contributions, Mr. Wilfert was conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, in 2011.

In his remarks, the Ambassador shared his perspective on recent developments in Japan-Canada relations. He emphasized Canada’s commitment to Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP), which seeks to achieve peace and prosperity in the region through the rules-based international order. Ambassador Kawamura discussed the various security issues in the Indo-Pacific region and the challenges to the rules-based international order. To counter these challenges, Ambassador Kawamura underlined the importance of the six priority areas for Japan-Canada cooperation towards the realization of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

Ambassador Kawamura concluded his remarks saying that “acting together is power”. 

Remarks by Ambassador Kawamura

Special Guest Lecture by the Honourable Bryon Wilfert

Ambassador Kawamura delivering his remarks in a special lecture