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As he reflected on his years in Canada, Japanese Ambassador Kaoru Ishikawa said he alone could take credit for none of the progress.

“No individual accomplishes by himself or herself,” said the gracious diplomat who returned to Tokyo earlier this month. “It requires the help of my colleagues at the embassy and counterparts in this country and all the political leaders and opinion-makers.”

His successor, Norihiro Okuda, arrived this week but before he left, Ishikawa shared some of his team’s successes with Diplomatica.

He was pleased, for example, that negotiations are leading to conclusion of an economic partnership agreement.

He also lauded Canadian leaders...

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