On July 30th, CCCJ held the Canadian Foundation 150th anniversary event with Embassy of Canada in Japan. In addition to more than 450 participants from various Canada-Japan business communities, the representatives of CCCJ and the Embassy were in attendance. Ian Burney, ambassador of Canada welcomed the guests in rainy day, expressed importance of Canada-Japan relation and to build a further strong relationship.
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On June 22nd, CCCJ held Annual General Meeting to Japan at Embassy of Canada. New chairman, Neil van Wouw welcomed members at the meeting.
Ken Arbour, chairman of recommended election supervisory committee announced the result of governing board election and introduced new vice chairman, Robert Fuller. CCCJ welcomed Avrom (Avi) Salsberg, Yuko Sudoh, Stephane Beaulieu, Eric DeGroot, Karl Pires, Philip O'Neill, Ron Huber, David Anderson, and Greg McDonald, the returning members to the governing board.
The CCCJ launched its inaugural Executive Forum, inviting chamber executives to discuss their businesses together including the challenges and opportunities that they face in Japan. Ambassador of Canada to Japan Ian Burney welcomed the attendees to the Official Residence, stressing the importance of a strong chamber and how the organization can help Canadians and Canadian firms in their respective sectors.
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) conducts a survey every year on the obstacles foreign-affliated companies face in Japan and the the attractiveness of Japan the companies feel for the purpose to improve the business environment in Japan. The result will be utilized as a source of policy proposals to the government for deregulations and reforms on administrative procedures.
CCCJ members, especially foreign affiliates headquartered in Canada are encouraged to contribute to this survey. The deadline for completing the survey is June 21.