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Mar 24, 2015

On March 3, 2015, JETRO hosted the Toronto Invest Japan Seminar in Toronto, Canada with the aim of rousing the interest of Canadian companies in investment in Japan.

At the seminar JETRO used the latest data to explain the current situation surrounding the recovering Japanese economy, its outlook in the short and medium term and the appeal of Japan’s investment environment, while also giving examples of business activities by Canadian firms in Japan. The fact that Japan’s investment environment is improving through government-led structural reform and deregulations was particularly stressed.
During a case study session on Canadian companies, information on the state of affairs and business strategies of these companies was given for the fields of insurance, pension funds, IT and manufacturing. The Development Bank of Japan also presented successful cases of firms entering the Japanese market through the bank’s services for financing and mediating M&As.

Along with an engaging Q&A session between speakers and visitors which followed the presentations, the seminar proved successful in fueling excitement about the possibilities for investment in Japan among Canadian companies.

Title and theme Toronto Invest Japan Seminar
- Japan Business Seminar: Corporate Growth Opportunities -
Date Tuesday (9:30 - 13:00), March 3, 2015,
Venue Hilton Hotel in downtown Toronto
Organizers JETRO
Co-organizers Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development (DFATD)
Supporters Ontario Government, Canadian Chamber of Commerce(CCC),
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters(CME) Asia Pacific Foundation, Japan Society
No. of attendees 135 from Canada and Japanese companies and organizations

Opening remarks
- Mr. Jim Feir, Director, Ontario Regional Office, DFATD

Keynote Speech
“Japan’s Investment Environment and Government Policy for Promoting FDI”
- Mr. Tsuneyuki Kato, Executive Vice President, JETRO Tokyo

Canadian Company Case-studies

  • Manulife Financial  Mr. Paul Rooney
  • OMERS  Mr. Jacques Demers, Global Head, Investment Partners & Partnerships,
  • Redknee Solutions  Mr. Vishal Kothari, COO
  • Woodbridge Group  Mr. Hamdy Khalil, Senior Global Director for Advanced Technologies and Innovation

Q&A session

Presentation 1
“Outline of DBJ's Support for Canadian Companies Entering Japan”
- Mr. Hiroki Fuchiwaki, Deputy Chief Representative, Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) New York

Presentation 2
“JETRO Programmes and Services”
- Mr. Kazuo Nakamura, Executive Director, JETRO Toronto

Closing Remarks
- Mr. Yasunori Nakayama, Consul-General of Japan in Toronto

Networking Lunch