Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Pierre Trudeau began an official six day visit to Japan by?
Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Pierre Trudeau began an official six day visit to Japan by signing a trade pact with Japanese premier Mr. Takeo Miki in Tokyo on Thursday (21 October).
SYNOPSIS: The official welcome for Mr. Trudeau was handled by Premier Miki at the Akasa Palace. Mr. Trudeau's first task was reviewing a guard of honour, accompanied by his host. The Canadian leader and his wife aim to expand and solidity trade and cultural relations with Japan during their visit.
Mr. Trudeau arrived in Osaka, western Japan, on Wednesday after his aircraft had been diverted from Tokyo's Haneda Airport because of heavy fog.
During their visit, Mr. and Mrs. Trudeau will meet many Japanese business and society leaders, and spend an informal weekend at the ancient town of Kanazwa on the Japan Sea coast, some 175 miles (230 kilometres) west of Tokyo. Despite heavy press coverage of his visit, Mr. Trudeau is scheduled to give only one news conference -- on 26 October.
The first talk between Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Miki were held at the latter's official Tokyo residence late on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Miki was quoted as saying that Japan was keen to increase its investments in Canada, not in just developing natural resources, but in many other areas as well.
The Japanese leader also expressed regret over Canada's decision to declare a 200-mile offshore zone from January next year. However, Mr. Trudeau assured him that Canada had to follow the lead of the United States and Mexico but would treat Japan and other nations fairly. At the end of the talks, the two leaders moved into a conference room to sign the trade pact.
Both men described the trade pact as "very significant". Japan is Canada's second biggest trading partner. And raw materials account for 74.4 percent of all Canada's exports to Japan.
Mr. Trudeau told Mr. Miki that his country was interested in exporting its heavy-water nuclear power plant reactors and short take-off planes to Japan. He also said that Canada wanted further trade increases including timber exports.