Inaugural Symposium of the Japan Lecture Series at Carleton University: “ABE Shinzō 1954-2022: The Legacy of a Transformative Leader and Canada-Japan Relations”

On September 29, 2022, the Inaugural Symposium of the Japan Lecture Series was organized at Carleton University. The title of the symposium was “ABE Shinzō 1954-2022: The Legacy of a Transformative Leader and Canada-Japan Relations”.
H.E. YAMANOUCHI Kanji, Ambassador of Japan to Canada, gave keynote remarks and Dr. Jacob Kovalio, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, delivered a lecture about the late ABE Shinzō, the former Prime Minister of Japan (2006-2007, 2012-2020).
In his keynote remarks, Ambassador Yamanouchi described former Prime Minister Abe as a “man of vision” and the “founding father” of Japan’s vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP). Ambassador Yamanouchi recounted his experiences in working for Mr. Abe from various positions from the time when former Prime Minister Abe as the  Deputy Chief of Cabinet accompanied then Prime Minister Koizumi. Ambassador Yamanouchi also explained Mr. Abe’s policies and activities including ‘Abenomics’, TPP11 and his address to a joint meeting of the United States Congress. He discussed Mr. Abe’s interest in deepening Japan-Canada relations. Ambassador Yamanouchi, having in mind what former Prime Minister Abe told him before his departure to Ottawa, promised to further enhance Japan-Canada relations.
Dr. Kovalio’s lecture focused on former Prime Minister ABE Shinzō’s domestic and foreign policies and his legacy. Dr. Kovalio explained former Prime Minister Abe’s domestic policies, aimed at revitalizing Japan, most notably with the “Abenomics” economic policy. Afterwards, Dr. Kovalio discussed former Prime Minister Abe’s foreign policy, describing him as a “leader with a mission”, focusing on the vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) and Asia’s Democratic Security Diamond manifesto. Dr. Kovalio talked about the enormous promise and great potential to further deepen Japan-Canada relations. Dr. Kovalio concluded his lecture by defining Prime Minister Abe’s foreign policy of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” including the alliance with the United States, collective self-defense and the FOIP vision as a regional security and defense system with global relevance.
Over 50 people attended the inaugural symposium, including distinguished guests from embassies and high commissions in Ottawa, faculty members and students from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Ambassador Yamanouchi giving his keynote remarks

Dr. Kovalio’s lecture

Dr. Kovalio’s lecture The audience during the symposium