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Prime Minister Visits Canada and the United States (Canada)
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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi left on the government plane from Haneda Airport on June 27 to visit Canada and the United States (US). He arrived in Toronto, Canada on the same morning (Japan time: early morning of June 28).
After arriving in Canada, Prime Minister Koizumi observed the Niagara Falls that straddle the US-Canadian border. He arrived in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, in the evening (Japan time: morning of June 28).
On the morning of June 28 (Japan time: night of the same day), Prime Minister Koizumi met with Mr. Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, to discuss the bilateral relations, relations with China, issues of North Korea, among others.
Next, the two leaders received a report from the Japan-Canada Forum, which was established to propose ways to strengthen the bilateral relations to the leaders of both countries.
At a joint press conference held afterwards, both Japan and Canada expressed concern about the nuclear development and missile issues of North Korea.
In the afternoon, Prime Minister Koizumi received a courtesy call from the representatives of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), and in the early evening (Japan time: morning of June 29) he departed for Washington DC, US, the next destination of the visit.