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The Emperor and the Empress are visiting Canada and Hawaii from Friday through July 17. Their visit to Canada takes place at a good time, as Japan and Canada are celebrating the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations. It is hoped that the visit will further strengthen the friendly and cooperative relationship that exists between the two countries.

Japan opened its legation in Ottawa in 1928, and Canada established its counterpart in Tokyo in 1929. As the Emperor said in a statement before this week’s visit, “Japan and Canada have steadily built a close relationship based on friendship and cooperation” since bilateral diplomatic ties resumed after World War II.

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