The Japan-Canada Forum

   The Japan-Canada Forum is a non-governmental, bilateral dialogue mechanism established in November 1996 by an agreement between the Prime Ministers of Japan and Canada with the aim of developing a stronger and more effective bilateral relationship. This bilateral standing panel holds an annual meeting to exchange views on broad areas such as politics, economy, industry, education and culture in order to increase Japan-Canada cooperation. The first meeting was held in 1997 in Victoria, the second in Sapporo in 1998, the third in Ottawa in 1999, and the fourth in Tokyo in 2000. It is comprised of ten private citizens, five each from Japan and Canada appointed by the Prime Minister of the respective government.

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