Ontario Construction News staff writer
Building critical infrastructure was on the agenda for Ontario’s minister of infrastructure during a visit to Japan last week.
“I led a mission to Japan to strengthen relations, share best practices and exchange ideas with key Japanese partners on building critical infrastructure, such as urban railways and transit-oriented communities, while also promoting Ontario as a place to invest,” Kinga Surma said in a statement following the trip.
“The mission allowed us to learn how jurisdictions like Tokyo have created transit-oriented communities, and to showcase Ontario on a global stage, as we continue building vibrant, mixed-use communities around transit stations. It was also an opportunity to build mutually beneficial relationships with Japanese partners who are interested in investing in Ontario infrastructure.”
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; the Tokyo Metropolitan Government; Osaka Prefecture Government; Tokyo Metro, and Central Japan Railway Company participated.
“We also met with infrastructure leaders in Japan, including Hitachi, Mitsubishi Estate and OC Global, as well as the Japan External Trade Organization, Osaka, to promote mutual investment,” Surma said, noting that Japanese companies are currently partnered with teams delivering some of Ontario’s biggest public projects, including the Ontario Line and the expansion of high-speed internet access.
“We look forward to continued cooperation with our Japanese partners and to deepening our bilateral ties to help both jurisdictions build better and more modern infrastructure.”