Ambassador Ishikane’s Official Visit to Manitoba

H.E. Kimihiro Ishikane, Ambassador of Japan, and his spouse, Mrs. Kaoru Ishikane, paid an official visit to the province of Manitoba from May 13th to 15th, 2019. Manitoba is 647,797 square kilometers in area, making it about 1.7 times as big as Japan. According to Statistics Canada, the population will reach 1.36 million people in 2019 and there are around 2,500 Japanese-Canadians as well as about 700 Japanese nationals living in Manitoba. Like other prairies provinces, being a main provider of agricultural products such as wheat, canola and pork to Japan, Manitoba has a strong relationship with Japan.

On May 13th, in Winnipeg, Ambassador Ishikane was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by its Speaker, the Honourable Myrna Driedger, then took a tour of the building and met with the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba.

On May 14th, Ambassador Ishikane paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and the Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture and had a discussion with the members of the Business Council of Manitoba. On the next day, he paid a courtesy visit to the Honourable Myrna Driedger, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the Honourable Heather Stefanson, Deputy Premier. During the meetings, they exchanged views on how to further strengthen cooperation between Japan and Canada/Manitoba on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, especially the promotion of business exchange with the CPTPP entering into force, as well as their cultural and economic relations.

In addition, Ambassador Ishikane met with those who are promoting Japanese culture and language in the province, including members of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (JCAM), JET Alumni, professors of the University of Manitoba and of the University of Winnipeg, and visited the JCAM Centre, the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Museum of Manitoba.