Although some freight, primarily auto-related, is being carried by Chinese and Korean ships from Japan to Canada’s new container terminal in Prince Rupert, BC, Japanese shipping companies are taking a wait-and-see attitude before deciding whether to use the new port themselves. Specifically, they want to see how well Canadian National does at moving freight by rail from Prince Rupert to markets in the USA. If the railroad performs well through the winter, Japanese shippers may shift to Prince Rupert when they renew service contracts in spring of 2008.
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While in Japan to give a speech in Kitakyushu City, Manager Ry Smith of Canada's "Hydrogen Village" in Ontario is visiting universities and companies to look for useful technologies. At Hydrogen Village, over 30 companies are experimenting with hydrogen filling stations and fuel cell power. Smith says he also wants to work with Japanese companies in the Chinese automobile market, where fuel cells are likely to be widely used.
Information summarized from: Asahi Shimbun, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun courtesy of Canadian Embassy Translation Services, Tokyo
The awards ceremony for the second annual Maple Sweets recipe contest in Japan was held at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo. This year’s contest, in bakery and confectionery divisions, drew 117 entries. First prize of 300,000 yen (C $2,500) and a trophy went to Tomoko Nose of The Manhattan Makuhari for her confection, "And Maple." The contest aims to promote use of maple syrup and maple sugar by professional chefs in Japan.
Canada Pork International (CPI) and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo sponsored an event to announce publication of the Japanese edition of The Canadian Pork Story, a book all about Canadian pork. Speakers from CPI, the Embassy, and the Alberta government told the audience about the safety and quality of Canadian pork and about the importance of the Japanese market.
Information summarized from: Shokuhin Shimbun courtesy of Canadian Embassy Translation Services, Tokyo
The 12th Foreign Chambers in Japan (FCIJ) Business Confidence Survey was conducted October 15-26, 2007.
The results and analysis are now available online at the FCIJ website. The next survey will be conducted in April 2008. The results from that survey will be published early May 2008.