Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Ottawa on Tuesday (September 24). The two discussed security, trade and energy.
In a press release following a press conference by the two, Prime Minister Harper focused on defence issues: “Canada and Japan enjoy excellent bilateral relations, underpinned by strong cooperation in the areas of commerce and security,” said the Prime Minister.
“Our countries took an important step today towards strengthening bilateral defence relations. We reached an agreement in principle on a mutual logistics support hub that will facilitate the sharing of basic goods and services between Canadian and Japanese Forces, wherever they are working together in the world.”
Trade and energy were also discussed. Japan is Canada’s fourth largest export market, and is Canada’s largest bilateral foreign direct investment partner in Asia.
RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda has a report.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper press release – PM strengthens defence relations with Japan – here
Government of Canada – Canada-Japan Relations – here
Ministry of Foreign Relations of Japan – Japan-Canada Relations – here