Japan-Canada Relations

June 4, 2020

Basic Data

Diplomatic Relations:

  • Established in 1928 with the opening of the Legation of Japan in Ottawa.

Japanese Nationals:

  • Number of Japanese nationals residing in Canada: 73,671 (Oct. 2018)
  • Number of Canadian nationals residing in Japan: 10,751 (Jun. 2019)

Trade with Japan (2019):

  • Exports to Canada: 967.7 billion yen (transportation equipment, general machinery and equipment, electronic equipment)
  • Imports from Canada: 1.29 trillion yen (mineral fuel, agricultural products, forest products)

Direct Investment Position (2018):

  • Japan's Direct Investment to Canada: 1.89 trillion yen
  • Direct Investment from Canada to Japan: 141.5 billion yen

Bilateral Relationship

Japan and Canada are important partners in the Indo-Pacific region and have been cooperating in various fields through political, economic, security, and people-to-people exchanges as G7 member states. The two countries have been communicating on a frequent basis through bilateral summit meetings, Foreign Minister meetings, telephone calls, and multilateral conferences.

VIP Visits

Year Name
2009 July Emperor and Empress’s visit to Canada
2010 March Foreign Minister OKADA Katsuya's visit to Canada
June Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan's visit to Japan
Prime Minister KAN Naoto's visit to Canada
September Speaker of the House of Representatives YOKOMICHI Takahiro's visit to Canada
Vice Speaker of the House of Councillors OTSUJI Hidehisa's visit to Canada
November Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Japan
Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon's visit to Japan
2011 September Minister of International Trade Ed Fast's visit to Japan
November Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield's visit to Japan
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty's visit to Japan
Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver's visit to Japan
2012 March Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Japan
Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird's visit to Japan
Minister of International Trade Ed Fast's visit to Japan
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz's visit to Japan
Minister of International Cooperation Beverley Oda's visit to Japan
September Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver's visit to Japan
October Minister of State Gary Goodyear's visit to Japan
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty's visit to Japan
2013 March Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz's visit to Japan
April Minister of International Trade Edward Fast's visit to Japan
Minister of State (seniors) Alice Wong's visit to Japan
Minister of Industry Christian Paradis's visit to Japan
May Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer's visit to Japan
September Prime Minister ABE Shinzo's visit to Canada
2014 April Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz's visit to Japan
July Foreign Minister John Baird's visit to Japan
2015 March Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz's visit to Japan
December Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau’s visit to Japan
2016 February Foreign Minister KISHIDA Fumio’s visit to Canada
April Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion’s visit to Japan
Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay’s visit to Japan
May Speaker of House of Representatives OSHIMA Tadamori’s visit to Canada
Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr’s visit to Japan
Minister of Labor MaryAnn Mihychuk’s visit to Japan
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna’s visit to Japan
Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan’s visit to Japan
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s visit to Japan
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Japan
Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland’s visit to Japan
September Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan’s visit to Japan
Minister of Health Jane Philpott’s visit to Japan
Minister of Transport Marc Garneau’s visit to Japan
2017 May Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne’s visit to Japan
2018 January Foreign Minister KONO Taro’s visit to Canada
March Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland’s visit to Japan
April Foreign Minister KONO Taro’s visit to Canada
June Prime Minister ABE Shinzo’s visit to Canada
September Speaker of House of Representatives OSHIMA Tadanmori’s visit to Canada
Foreign Minister KONO Taro’s visit to Canada
October Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s visit to Japan
2019 January Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr’s visit to Japan
April Prime Minister ABE Shinzo’s visit to Canada
May Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau’s visit to Japan
June Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan’s visit to Japan
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland’s visit to Japan
Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr’s visit to Japan
August Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado’s visit to Canada
October Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Richard Wagner’s visit to Japan
November Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s visit to Japan
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