Noriyuki Shibasaki (R), Minister Bond and Tuneo Amano of Mitsui Matsushima meet in Tokyo during the Pacific Gateway Alliance’s Asia trade mission.

The Pacific Gateway Alliance Asia Mission team arrived in Tokyo via the recently expanded Haneda Airport. It’s a very impressive building that can handle 60,000 flights and more than seven million passengers a year. Haneda is now an International Airport only 20 minutes from downtown Tokyo. YVR is already building strong connections with this upgraded travel option – in January 2011, Air Canada will offer a second daily flight from Haneda to Vancouver. Every international flight landing at YVR generates 800 hours of employment.

Our meeting with Mitsubishi Materials was highlighted with the good news that the company will soon ship copper concentrate from Copper Mountain Mines near Princeton, through the Kinder Morgan Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver. It’s one more example of how Canada’s Pacific Gateway is viewed as a key component in business negotiations.

We are also making many new business connections, thanks to the help and support of the Canadian Ambassador to Japan, Jonathan T. Fried and his staff. Ambassador Fried hosted a reception for us, a valuable networking opportunity for all the Gateway partners. 

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