For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017
Mayor Crombie Meets with Canadian Ambassador to Japan Ian Burney
On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I welcomed the opportunity to meet with Canada’s new Ambassador to Japan, Ian Burney, to discuss strengthening relations between Mississauga, Japanese communities and Japanese-based businesses, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today following discussions with Ambassador Burney.
Mr. Burney was appointed as Ambassador of Canada to Japan in July 2016. Mayor Crombie and the Economic Development Office (EDO) staff used the meeting as an opportunity to brief Ambassador Burney about Mississauga’s long-standing economic and cultural connections to Japan. Mayor Crombie also shared with Ambassador Burney the important inroads made during the 2016 Mississauga EDO Investment Mission to Japan.
“We enjoy a strong and enduring relationship with the people, businesses and communities of Japan,” Mayor Crombie said. “I am proud that Mississauga is home to a number of globally-respected, successful and innovative Japanese-based companies,” Mayor Crombie added.
Japan ties with Germany for the largest market for capital investment in Mississauga (after the United States). Mississauga is home to nearly 100 Japanese companies, representing nearly half of all Japanese companies located in Ontario.
Beyond economic development, Mayor Crombie welcomed Kariya Mayor Yoshinori Takenaka to City Hall in July 2016 to formally recognize and celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Mississauga-Kariya sister city relationship. In 1992, Kariya Park was officially opened in Mississauga to honour this twinning relationship. “Mississauga is proudly home to the beautiful Kariya Park, which celebrates our long, proud and strong history together, and serves as a popular gathering place for all residents to enjoy.” The Mississauga Friendship Association (MFA) was established in 1993 to promote, foster and maintain this sister relationship.
Mayor Crombie concluded “Working together with public servants, like Ambassador Burney, will further allow the City of Mississauga to promote economic development opportunities, the exchange of knowledge and best practices and celebrate a far greater appreciation and understanding of Canada and Japan’s enriching cultural traditions and shared values.”