Québec and Japan: partners in the fight against climate change
<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Charest_mission_japon_vehic.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">The Vice President of Research and Development at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and the Premier of Québec hold a small model of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which is currently being tested on the road in Boucherville.</span>
On his mission in Japan, Québec’s Premier, Jean Charest, spoke to the Vice President of Research and Development at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Gayu Uesugi, about Québec’s and Japan’s mutual interest in developing electric vehicles.
“Developing electric vehicles is of great interest to Québec. Converting Québec’s vehicles into electric vehicles would be without a doubt both economically and environmentally beneficial for Québec society as a whole. By forging alliances like the one made with Mitsubishi, Québec will definitely play an integral part in developing this industry in Québec and abroad,” declared the Premier.
It should be noted that in December 2010, Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi launched a large electric vehicle trial in Canada. As part of this trial, up to 50 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles will be tested in Boucherville in varying circumstances such as winter conditions by the end of 2012. This is the largest all-electric vehicle pilot project in Canada.
Earlier in the day, the Premier spoke to the Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Japanese government, Yukio Edano. The rising star of Japanese politics and second in command in the Japanese government showed great interest in opportunities for partnership in the development of Québec’s northern region.
Next, the Premier met with the leaders of the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), the government corporation that works closely with Investissement Québec (IQ) in such projects as organizing investment seminars in Japan. More recently, JOGMEC asked for the IQ’s assistance in publishing a Japanese-language document about Québec’s mineral potential and Plan Nord.
At the end of the day, the Premier spoke to the House Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives, Takahiro Yokomichi, as well as the members of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group (CJIG). The CJIG was created in 1981 in order to promote a better mutual understanding of bilateral and multilateral matters and develop cooperation between the two countries. The Premier invited the Japanese parliamentarians to hold the CJIG’s next meeting in Québec.