Focus on Japan - Canada Japan Relations
89 years ago, in January of 1928, Canada and Japan formalized diplomatic relations with the opening of the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. This stands as Canada's oldest mission in Asia, third outside the Commonwealth following Washington and Paris. 7 months later, in July, Japan reciprocated by opening their embassy in Ottawa. Today, there are few countries that share closer bonds than Canada and Japan. Of course, one would be mistaken to say that things have always been good between us, with nothing short of war breaking the friendship for a number of years. But this is history. Indeed a dark and not insignificant chunk of history, but nonetheless history. Since then our relationship has grown strong economically, socially and politically. The Japanese Embassy in Canada sites just over 10,000 Canadian Expats currently in living in Japan (December 2016). These individuals are operating businesses (Canadian Coffee Shop), are bloggers (Vloggers), artists, educators, individuals working to grow Canadian corporate investment in Japan, while others are working for Japanese firms assisting those organizations to grow their ties with Canada and the rest of the world. The value of the trade between Canada and Japan had grown to almost $27 billion in bilateral trade in 2016.