Official visit of Consul General Saito to Prince Edward Island (November 28, 2022)
On November 28, Consul General Saito, then on an official visit to Prince Edward Island, met with Lieutenant-Governor Antoinette Perry, Premier Dennis King, and Legislative Assembly Speaker Colin LaVie. They discussed various topics including the future of Japan-PEI economic relations and cultural collaboration.
Visit to the installations of Cavendish Farms
On November 28, Consul General Saito visited the PEI installations of Cavendish Farms, the largest frozen potato factory on the island. In addition to frozen potatoes, the province also exports to Japan blueberries, seafood products such as lobster and herring roe, among others.
Visit to the Bedeque Area Heritage Museum
On November 28, still during his official trip to Prince Edward Island, Consul General Saito visited the Bedeque Area Heritage Museum, guided by UPEI Chancellor Catherine Callbeck. The school where Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery taught was restored in 1989 and moved in 2021 to Central Bedeque, where it is now part of the museum. The Callbecks, the Chancellor’s family, supported upon their arrival the Mizunos, the first Japanese family to move to PEI after the Second World War internment camps. It is also possible to learn more regarding the Mizuno family when visiting the museum.
On November 28, Consul General Saito visited the University of Prince Edward Island where he had the opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with the Vice-President Academic and Research, Greg Naterer, and representatives of the Faculty of Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research, and Applied Studies, as well as engage Japanese exchange students in conversation.