Ambassador Ishikane’s Official Visit to the Province of Nova Scotia July 10-11, 2018

H.E. Kimihiro Ishikane, Ambassador of Japan, and his spouse, Mrs. Kaoru Ishikane, paid an official visit to the province of Nova Scotia from July10 to 11, 2018. Nova Scotia is 55,000 square kilometers in area, and the population has grown to 950,000 people as of 2017. There are approximately 830 Japanese nationals living in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is geopolitically important because of the Port of Halifax and Halifax Stanfield International Airport, each an important entry to the Atlantic Ocean, from which Japan imports many aquatic products such as crab and lobster.
On July 11, in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, Ambassador Ishikane met with the Honourable Arthur J. Leblanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the Honourable Stephen Mcneil, Premier of Nova Scotia, and the Honourable Kevin Murphy, President of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The Ambassador also attended a luncheon meeting hosted by representatives of the provincial government. During these meetings, they exchanged views on how to further strengthen cooperation between Japan and Canada/Nova Scotia on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as their cultural and economic relations.
In addition, Ambassador Ishikane met with His Worship Mike Savage, Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality. He also visited Dalhousie University, which is famous for its ocean studies, and discussed with Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice President of Research.
Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane
with Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Leblanc
Ambassador with Premier Mcneil

Ambassador with President  Murphy of the  Nova Scotia House of Assembly (from the left)
Mayor Savage, Amb. Ishikane ,
Mr. Surrette, Honorary Consul-General of Japan at Halifax