Ministers Cannon and Oda to Greet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

(No. A/68 - July 2, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Beverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, will greet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan upon Their Majesties’ arrival in Canada. Their Majesties will visit Canada from July 3 to 14, 2009.

During their visit, they will have the opportunity to meet many Canadians, including representatives of the Japanese-Canadian community.

This will be Emperor Akihito’s first visit to Canada since he visited as Crown Prince in 1953, when he toured several Canadian cities en route to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s first diplomatic mission in Japan.

Event: Photo opportunity

Date: July 3, 2009

Time: 2:10 p.m. EDT

Location: Hangar 11, Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport

Media representatives wishing to participate are requested to RSVP by calling the Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office at 613-995-1874 before noon on Friday, July 3.

Upon arrival at the airport, media representatives are required to present proper identification for accreditation.

For more information, please contact:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada