The trade mission to Japan will take place from Jan. 26 to Feb. 3. During the mission, Minister Jones will meet with businesses and government officials to discuss investment and trade opportunities across various sectors including technology, energy, agriculture and hospitality. Minister Jones will also participate in nano tech 2024 in Tokyo – the largest nanotechnology conference and trade fair in the world and a venue for international business for the high-tech industry.

“Alberta has an incredible story to tell on the world stage and I look forward to advancing our shared interests with Japan. Our province boasts the most investment-friendly environment in Canada, a competitive tax system, a highly educated workforce, an abundance of energy products such as hydrogen and ammonia, a world-class education system and a robust research and development pipeline.”

Matt Jones, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Trade

Minister Jones will be joined by one staff member. Mission expenses will be posted on the travel and expense disclosure page.

Alberta’s government is committed to working with its national and international partners to advance shared interests that can lead to new opportunities for people and businesses in Alberta and around the world.

Quick facts

  • In 2022, Alberta exported $5.1 billion worth of goods to Japan.
  • Japan is Alberta’s second-largest export destination globally, after the U.S.
  • Alberta’s primary exports to Japan are energy, canola seed, meat, cereals, wood pulp and metals.
  • In 2025, Alberta and Hokkaido, Japan’s largest and most northern prefecture, will celebrate 45 years of friendship through its sister province relationship.
  • Missions are one way that Alberta's government is helping small and medium-sized businesses get their products to international markets.
  • Nanotechnology is the study and manipulation of materials at the atomic scale.

Itinerary for Minister Jones*

Jan. 26

  • Travel to Japan

Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

  • Meetings and briefings

Feb. 1

  • Participate in nano tech

Feb. 3

  • Return to Alberta

*Subject to change.