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Japan-Canada Chambers Council

What is the Japan-Canada Chambers Council?

Launched in 2014, the Japan-Canada Chambers Council (JCCC) is a platform to build relationships, share knowledge and advocate policies to support bilateral trade and investment. It does this through joint events, delegations, research, public statements and meetings with policymakers. Housed in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the JCCC includes senior executives from leading member companies in both groups. Leadership is provided by two national chairs: Mr. Shoei Utsuda, Global Chairman of Mitsui & Co., Inc (Japan) and Steve Dechka, former CEO of Canpotex (Canada).

Why participate?

  • Get up-to-date information on trade talks and other bilateral trends affecting your business
  • Meet with key government decision-makers from Canada and Japan
  • Build relationships with businesses in Japan
  • Shape the Council’s advocacy priorities
  • Raise your company’s profile in the bilateral corridor

Who should participate?

In Canada, participation is open and free of charge to corporate, SME, chamber and association members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. This includes those exporting to or investing in Japan, as well as Japanese subsidiaries in Canada. Focus sectors include:

  • Forestry and wood products
  • Agriculture, seafood and food processing
  • Energy and mineral products
  • Environmental technologies
  • Financial services
  • Manufacturing
  • IT and software
  • Life sciences and pharmaceuticals
  • Tourism


Past JCCC activities

  • Trip to Tokyo and Sendai, Japan, April 5-7, 2017

  • Rekindling the Relationship: Japan-Canada Chambers Council, Vancouver, March 21, 2016

  • Japan Business Seminar, Toronto, March 3, 2015

  • “Building the Future through Partnership”, First Commemorative Symposium of the Japan-Canada Chambers Council, Tokyo, November 5, 2014

  • Roundtable with Ian Burney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy & Negotiations, DFATD & Chief Negotiator, Canada-Japan EPA, Vancouver, April 15, 2014

  • Roundtable with Cam MacKay, Director General, Trade Negotiations, DFATD & Co-Chair, Canada-Japan EPA, Toronto, December 9, 2013

  • 2013 Canada-Japan Trade Symposium, Toronto, April 25, 2013

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