Please allow me to introduce myself, Osamu IZAWA, Consul General of Japan, newly appointed to Montreal and succeeding Mr. Hideaki KURAMITSU, former Consul General. I arrived in Montreal on October 9, 2018.
In the past, I have worked overseas in various countries including France, Thailand, and Australia, and while I have visited Canada on short business trips before, this is my first time in Montreal. Coincidentally, it is also my first time serving as Consul General.
It is very encouraging to hear that there have been so many people throughout the years here who have supported Japan-Canada relations, such as Japanese residents, Japanese Canadians, members of Japanese enterprises, as well as those who contribute to preserving and promoting Japanese culture.
First of all, I plan on emphasizing on providing reliable consular services to Japanese residents here so that they may conduct economic, cultural or any other type of affairs safely. I also wish to actively promote discussions and exchanges between Japanese and Canadians in many different spheres. Moreover, having great respect for all who have already worked hard to create good relations between Japan and Canada, and more specifically the provinces under our jurisdiction – Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island –, I look forward to us working together to further strengthen the ties between Japan and the five provinces.
I greatly appreciate everyone’s continued and invaluable support and understanding of our activities.
Consul General of Japan in Montreal