The Canada-Japan Futures Forum offers an exciting occasion to explore the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators at a time in history when both countries are challenged to play a special role in responding to some of the planet’s biggest issues. For decades, Japanese and Canadian companies have enjoyed sound and mutually profitable business ties. While that core partnership continues, both countries face competitive challenges and changing market conditions.
The Forum offers an important venue to reflect on what works, as well as what can be improved. This Canada-Japan Futures Forum gathers thinkers and practitioners from business, research institutions and government agencies to reflect on their national experiences and suggest lessons learned. It also provides an opportunity to find prospects for further cooperation between Canada and Japan, and insights into how the two countries can work together to strengthen and reshape their business and economic partnerships in the years ahead.
Read the Canada-Japan Futures Forum Report.
Leonard J. Edwards joined CIGI in May 2013 as a distinguished fellow. He has led several projects designed to find new paths for enhanced cooperation between Canada and the Asia Pacific region in security, economic and innovation domains, with a particular focus on Korea, Japan, Australia and Indonesia. He is Canadian co-chair of the annual Canada-Korea Forum. He has also participated in CIGI’s work on Group of Twenty (G20) and Group of Seven (G7) summitry and in regular meetings of the D10 track 1.5 group of democratic countries discussing foreign policy issues and the future of the international rules-based order.