Minister Fast Greets Youth in Japan

April 11, 2013, Tokyo, Japan - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway (top left), and Mackenzie Clugston, Canada’s Ambassador to Japan (top right), greet youths at the Canadian embassy. The youths include those participating in the Hope for Youth Scholarship Program, the Canada-Japan Co-op Program and the Japan-Canada Academic Consortium’s annual forum, as well as young Canadians working in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme and Japanese alumni of the Working Holiday program. 

Minister Fast and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), are leading a five-day trade mission to advance the interests of Canadian businesses in China and Japan. Increased trade will in turn lead to more jobs and greater prosperity in Canada. 

Minister Fast and Minister of State Wong are accompanied on the trade mission by representatives of 18 mainly small and medium-sized Canadian companies from Canada’s information and communication technologies and medical-imaging sectors. 

The trade mission, which was organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, is one of several strategically focused, sector-specific missions that Minister Fast has led since taking on the international trade portfolio. 

Located in more than 150 cities worldwide and in regional offices across Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, part of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, is Canada’s most extensive network of international business professionals. The Trade Commissioner Service helps companies that are looking to export, invest abroad, attract investment or develop innovation and R & D partnerships.

For more information, please consult Deepening Trade with Asia.

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Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
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