Minister Fast Meets with Japanese Government Officials


Left: April 11, 2013, Tokyo, Japan - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, meets with Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. On April 10, the ministers announced that the next round of negotiations toward a Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement would take place from April 22 to 26, 2013, in Ottawa.

Right: April 12, 2013, Yokohama, Japan - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, meets with Akira Amari, Japan’s Minister of Economic Revitalization.  The ministers discussed the potential for deepening the trade and economic relationship between their countries. (left to right: Minister of State Wong, Minister Fast, Minister Amari, Senior Vice-Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura)


Japan is Canada’s fourth-largest export market, with exports worth some $10.4 billion in 2012. Canada is actively engaged in free trade negotiations with Japan as part of Canada’s ambitious pro-trade plan for jobs and growth. A Canada-Japan joint study found that an economic partnership agreement could boost Canada’s gross domestic product by $3.8 billion a year—equivalent to almost 30,000 new jobs or an increase of $325 to the average Canadian family’s annual income—and Japan’s GDP by up to $4.4 billion. The study also found that an agreement could increase Canadian exports to Japan by as much as 67 percent.

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

For more information, please consult Deepening Trade with Asia.

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