Japanese Ambassador comes to Alberta


Lubicon Lake Indian Nation
Little Buffalo Lake, AB
403-629-3945
FAX: 403-629-3939

Mailing address:
3536 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T6J 1A4
403-436-5652
FAX: 403-437-0719



July 30, 1991

Enclosed for your information are media reports regarding efforts to stop Daishowa from clear-cutting Lubicon lands this fall.


Attachment #1: re-printed without permission from THE EDMONTON SUNDAY SUN, July 21, 1991



A YEN FOR PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS



Japan's Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency MICHIO MIZOGUCHI, has agreed to meet tomorrow with members of the Calgary-based environmental group The Northern Lights.



A Calgary newspaper reported Thursday that the organization had threatened to disrupt the ambassador's speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce to protest development of Japanese paper mills in northern Alberta.



Northern Lights is registered with the Alberta Environmental Network as a non-profit group concerned primarily with the preservation of wilderness and wildlife.



It is hoped that this formal meeting will prevent any embarrassing disruptions of the ambassador's official visit to Alberta, which included last night's gala Midsummer Jubilee Ball at the Banff Springs Hotel.


Attachment #2: Transcript of CBC TV "Alberta News" Broadcast (6:00 P.M.) Monday, July 22, 1991

Bob Chelmick, CBC



Japan's Ambassador to Canada is in Alberta for the next few days. He's here to talk about investment, trade and cultural ties with our Province. He's getting a warm welcome from many Alberta business people, but there are others who are not happy to see him. Russell Oughtred has that story.

Michio Mizoguchi, Japanese Ambassador to Canada



Japan certainly needs Alberta's resources and other products. But more than that, Japan needs Alberta's friendship. Thank you very much.

Russell Oughtred, CBC Calgary



It was friendly here but it wasn't friendly outside the hotel where the Ambassador was speaking.

Protestors outside Westin Hotel



Off Lubicon land.

Oughtred



A coalition against new pulp mills in northern Alberta continued its fight. They got a meeting with the Ambassador where they asked his government to intervene with Daishowa and Mitsubishi.

Mizoguchi



I think the Japanese companies should observe the local regulations. When they operate in Alberta they should observe the Alberta regulations, which are the same regulations for Canadian or Japanese or anybody else.

Norman Conrad, Northern Lights Coalition



We were pleased to meet with the Ambassador. We were pleased to have the dialogue. And we were pleased to give him a message to take back to the Japanese people.

Oughtred



You got no, I gather, promises or commitments?

Conrad



The sole commitment was that the message would be communicated.

Oughtred



In the end the protestors got what they expected -- a polite hearing. They claim the Japanese are following strict forestry practices at home, but causing costly environmental damage when they operate in other countries.

Jim Horsman, Alberta Deputy Premier



We can't discriminate against the Japanese because they're Japanese, in terms of our investment, no more than we should discriminate against Americans. As long as we set the rules, the rules are fair, and they're fair and equal to all. And that's what we're trying to do as a government.

Oughtred



The Ambassador says Alberta can expect to see more Japanese tourists, more trade and more investment. That's not what the environmental groups want to hear, but it's exactly what the Alberta Government wants to hear. Russell Oughtred, CBC News, Calgary.


Attachment #3: re-printed without permission from THE EDMONTON JOURNAL, Tuesday, July 23, 1991

JAPAN'S ENVOY HEARS PULP PROTEST



Vicki Barnett

Calgary Herald

Calgary



Japan's ambassador to Canada was unmoved Monday by local environmentalists' demands that Japanese companies stop clear-cutting Alberta's forests.



"I think Japanese companies are observing very stringent Alberta environmental regulations," said Ambassador Michio Mizoguchi, in Calgary for a luncheon speech to Calgary business people.



But Mizoguchi did admit corporate Japan is having to deal with its tarnished environmental image.



"We're always opening our ears and listening to what's being said."



What was repeatedly being said, by about 35 protestors outside the Westin Hotel function, was: "Mitsubishi go home, Daishowa go home."



As the ambassador left the hotel, one activist yelled: "There are people who live in those forests. Take your money elsewhere. We don't need it!"



Mitsubishi and Daishowa took much of the heat, but members of the Northern Light environmental coalition also went after Premier Don Getty's government.



"Clear-cut Tories, not trees," protestors chanted.