Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien stressed the importance of nongovernmental organizations in working toward world peace, at the Canada-Japan Joint Symposium on Peacebuilding for Development, held Thursday at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

“Canada and Japan share common objectives for world peace and development,” Chretien said at the opening session of the two-day symposium, noting the two countries can be strong and effective partners in this field.

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