Despite Japan's battered global image following the March 11 disasters and nuclear crisis, many Canadian businesses are displaying interest in the world's third-largest economy.

In July, more than 400 people representing about 250 companies took part in a series of business seminars held in five Canadian cities to learn about opportunities to invest and market their products and services in Japan.

The sessions, organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, didn't only cover short-term reconstruction of the devastated Tohoku region, but also long-term investment strategies, according to the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.