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Prime Minister to attend the funeral of Abe Shinzo

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that he will visit Japan from September 24-28 to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Prime Minister expressed the condolences of the Canadian people for the loss of his strong ally and friend, and reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to partnership with Japan.

During his visit, the Prime Minister will also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to advance common priorities as Japan prepares to assume the G7 Presidency in 2023. Most prominent is our joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Prime Minister will also discuss regional security issues, including the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. During his stay, the Prime Minister will meet with Canadians who support security and peace in the region.

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“Mr. Prime Minister Abe was a dedicated and visionary leader who brought Canada and Japan closer together during his tenure. On behalf of all Canadians, the family and friends of former Prime Minister Abe, And my deepest condolences to the people of Japan, his presence and influence will be lost.”

Rt. book.Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

simple facts

  • Prime Minister Trudeau welcomed Prime Minister Abe to Canada in 2019, and the two countries have worked closely together for several years at the G7, G20, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other international fora.
  • Canada and Japan are also members of the Asian Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • Prime Minister Trudeau met with Prime Minister Kishida in Germany in June this year.
  • Japan is the third largest national economy in the world. Gross domestic product in 2021 will reach her $6.2 trillion, making it one of Canada’s most important economic and commercial partners and Canada’s largest source of bilateral direct investment (FDI) in Asia. Foreign direct investment from Japan to Canada was valued at $46 billion in 2021.
  • Japan is also Canada’s fourth largest partner in two-way merchandise trade. Merchandise exports from Canada to Japan totaled $14.5 billion in 2021, while imports from Japan totaled $15.5 billion. Canada and Japan are her CPTPP partners. The CPTPP entered into force on December 30, 2018 with the first six countries, including Canada and Japan, ratifying the agreement.
  • More than 120,000 people of Japanese descent live in Canada, and before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 300,000 Japanese and Canadians traveled between the countries each year.

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