Value of Variety

Maxine Cheyney, Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian.

As sakura season left pink swathes of colour on the streets of Tokyo, the spring brought a welcome air of change. The much-discussed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership was finally signed, on March 8, by 11 nations in Chile and now awaits ratification. Meanwhile, preparations for major sports events in Japan are ramping up, and The Canadian continues its mission to show the best that Canada and Japan have to offer their diverse bilateral relationship.

Diversify, personify

International Women’s Day was also on March 8. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) continues to support women’s rights and drive diversity in business. You’ll find out what some of the tough decisions women in journalism face when balancing career and family, and you can read more details about McGill University’s dean of the MBA Program and the increasing role of women in academia.

Prepare to be entertained, as we speak to the creators of the spectacular Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities, the Cirque du Soleil show that is currently touring Japan and leaving audiences stunned. Two members of the troupe talk about what it takes to be a part of the world’s most challenging and creative performance group.

The Canadian attended Foodex Japan 2018 and spoke to a some part­­i­­cipants who were there to present Canadian produce. We also find out a little more about Japan’s infant organic market and Canadian produce.

Educate, innovate

Academic institutions worldwide are beginning to rethink their approach to curriculums, acknowledging the fast-changing environment in which children are growing up. You will find out about some of the alternative methods that Canadian educators are adopting.

You will read about the efforts by the CCCJ in the Tohoku Youth Project, where high school students enjoyed a week’s internship at a host company in Tokyo and stayed with a host family.

Humankind’s technological abilities are growing in leaps and bounds, and new tech­nologies are offering innovative ways to consume and produce information, and change how we live our daily lives. We take a turn down the technology and science route, where you’ll find out more about the potential of quantum computing and the benefits of using light for food preservation.

The Embassy of Canada to Japan and the CCCJ and are pushing for Japanese companies to invest in Canada and find potential beyond the area of natural resources, not forgetting the wines, beers and whiskies coming out of Alberta province. Happy reading!

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