Ottawa Japanese Community Association Speakers Series: Minister Imamura’s lecture

On February 27, 2020, as part of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA)’s Speakers Series, Minister Akira Imamura, Deputy Head of Mission, gave a lecture on Japanese diplomacy, Japan-Canada relations and Japan’s vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

Minister Imamura began his lecture by discussing the recent history of Japanese diplomacy and its characteristics.

In the second part, he briefly reviewed the history of Japan-Canada relations and commented on the current state of relations between the two countries. He emphasized the need to further strengthen Japan-Canada relations, notably by deepening the strategic partnership under the vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.

Minister Imamura also discussed Japanese cultural events in Canada, notably those organized by the Embassy in Ottawa, as well as the various people-to-people exchange programs offered by the government of Japan such as the JET Programme, MEXT Scholarships and the working holiday visa.

He concluded his presentation by talking about the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Following the presentation, members of the audience had the opportunity to ask questions to Minister Imamura. Their questions touched on a broad range of topics.
Minister Imamura beginning his presentation The audience listening to Min. Imamura’s presentation
Minister Imamura taking questions from the audience Minister Imamura answering the audience’s questions
Audience members with Minister Imamura