On August 24, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visited Mississauga to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Canada and Japan’s diplomatic relations during the Japan Festival CANADA held at the City’s Celebration Square. Her Imperial Highness was hosted by Mayor Bonnie Crombie at a gathering of local business and cultural leaders to celebrate the occasion.
“It is an honour and pleasure to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, Consul-General Takako Ito and Japan’s Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane, to Mississauga. Our relationship with Japan is one that Mississauga is very proud of. Over the years, we have developed rich cultural and economic ties with Japan. In fact, our only sister-city relationship is with Kariya, Japan – a 38-year-old friendship that we value deeply. We are also proud to be home to the highest concentration of Japanese companies in Canada,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “I have had the honour of visiting Japan on several occasions and look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Japan in the years to come. Today’s visit by Her Imperial Highness highlights the importance of our relationship with Japan and signals a bright and promising future ahead for our two countries.”
Mississauga is home to more than 100 Japanese companies including MUFG Fund Services (Canada) Limited, Mitutoyo Canada Inc., MHI Canada Aerospace and the recently expanded Takara Company Canada Ltd.
Mayor Crombie added, “Japanese companies play an important role and contribute to our vibrant and robust business community. After the United States, Japan is the second-largest source of inward foreign direct investment to our city. Her Imperial Highness’ visit only serves to underscore our close cultural and economic relationship. I want to personally thank the Government of Japan and the Imperial Family for taking the time to meet with me, members of Council and local business leaders.”
Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado last visited Canada in 2006. This visit marked the first time a member of the Japanese Imperial Family visited Mississauga.
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[Mayor Bonnie Crombie with Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado]
[Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Councillor Ron Starr, and Councillor Pat Saito with Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, Ms. Takako Ito, Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, Ambassador of Japan in Toronto and members of the Japanese business community in Mississauga]
[Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado delivering remarks]
[Left to Right: Terry Wakasa, Japan Festival CANADA 2019, Councillor Pat Saito, Honourable Nina Tangri, MPP Mississauga-Streetsville, Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, Ambassador of Japan in Toronto, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, Councillor Ron Starr, and Ms. Takako Ito, Consul-General of Japan in Toronto.]