Japan-Canada Relations

Japan-Canada Relations (Basic Data)

April 7, 2015

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: 62,349 (Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Canadian nationals residing in Japan: 9,024 (2013)

Trade with Japan (2013):

  • Exports to Canada: 818.9 billion yen (transportation equipment, general machines and equipment, electronic equipment)
  • Imports from Canada: 1.01 trillion yen (mineral fuel, agricultural products, forest products)

Direct Investment Position (2011):

  • Japan's Direct Investment to Canada: 827.9 billion yen
  • Direct Investment from Canada to Japan: 151.6 billion yen

Bilateral Relationship

Japan and Canada have been in good relations and have been cooperating in various fields through; dialogue between members of the Parliament and between the governments on various topics, youth exchanges, science and technology cooperation, and grass root people-to-people exchanges.

In March 2012, Prime Minister Harper made an official visit to Japan and had summit meetings with then Prime Minister Noda in Tokyo. In September 2013, Prime minister Abe visited Canada. Both leaders acknowledged the strength and dynamism of the Japan-Canada partnership. Foreign Minister Baird visited Japan in July 2014.

VIP Visits

Year Name
2008 June Minister of Foreign Affairs David Emerson's visit to Japan
July Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Japan
September Speaker of the House of Commons Peter Milliken's visit to Japan
2009 April Minister of International Trade Stockwell Day's visit to Japan
May Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon's visit to Japan
July Their Majesties the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's visit to Canada
2010 March Minister of Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada's visit to Canada
June Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan's visit to Japan
Prime Minister Naoto Kan's visit to Canada
September Speaker of the House of Representatives Takahiro Yokomichi'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 Bev 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 Shinzo Abe'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