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Ottawa, April 10, 2017 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry urged both governments to recommence negotiations for the Canada Japan Economic Partnership Agreement as quickly as possible, at a joint meeting of the Japan Canada Chambers Council (JCCC).

“There would be no clearer message of our commitment to a prosperous Pacific region than to tear away barriers to trade, investment and exchange between our countries,” said Steve Dechka, co-chair of the Japan Canada Chambers Council. “Japan and Canada are two G7 nations and TPP members who remain committed to an open and rules-based system.”

The third annual meeting of the JCCC took place in Sendai City, Japan on April 6-7, 2017. The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, led the 27-member Canadian delegation.

“The fundamentals of our bilateral relationship haven’t changed,” said Mr. Beatty. “It would be hard to find two other countries that are more complementary than Canada and Japan. We have an opportunity to provide leadership that can have a positive impact in our countries and in the world.”

The Canadian and Japanese business associations reaffirmed the promotion of free trade as essential to both countries’ growth and necessary for the growth and development of the entire Asia-Pacific region.

“An EPA would boost trade and GDP on both sides and level the playing field for our companies in each other’s market. The status quo is hurting us both,” said Ian Burney, Ambassador of Canada to Japan.  “More importantly, a bilateral EPA would showcase leadership on free trade by two G7 countries, at a time when that is sorely needed.”

The JCCC is a joint initiative and serves as a framework to deepen mutual understanding and friendship between business communities in both countries, as well as to promote trade, investment, technical cooperation, tourism, and people-to-people connections. 

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G. Will Dubreuil
Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
613.797.1860
gdubreuil@chamber.ca