Canada and Japan celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In 1928, Canada instigated a formal relationship between the two countries. That same year, Japan opened a Legation in Ottawa and the next year, in 1929, Canada established its first diplomatic office in Tokyo where the Canadian flag was raised for the first time in an Asian country. The Legation in Japan was only the third one opened by Canada, following ones in the US and France, showing the importance that Canada saw in developing a relationship with Japan. The first Japanese Minister to serve in Canada was Prince Iemasa Tokugawa, from the distinguished family that ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. Minister Tokugawa served in Canada from 1929 to 1934. The first Canadian Minister to serve in Japan was Sir Herbert Marler, who stayed in Japan from 1929 to 1936.
When the Pacific War began, discrimination against Japanese Canadians increased. Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Japanese Canadians were categorized as enemy aliens under the War Measures Act , which began to remove their personal rights.  Starting on December 8, 1941, 1,200 Japanese-Canadian-owned fishing vessels were impounded as a "defence measure."  On January 14, 1942, the federal government passed an order calling for the removal of male Japanese nationals between 18 to 45 years of age from a designated protected area of 100 miles inland from the British Columbia coast, enacted a ban against Japanese-Canadian fishing during the war, banned shortwave radios and controlled the sale of gasoline and dynamite to Japanese Canadians.  Japanese nationals removed from the coast after the January 14 order were sent to road camps around Jasper, Alberta .
Please note that in order for your Canadian license to be considered valid, you must have spent at least three months in Canada after your Canadian license was obtained. If your Canadian license was renewed within three months of your departure from Canada (or after your arrival in Japan), you will have to obtain from your provincial or territorial licensing office a record of your previous driving experience including the initial date of issuance of your provincial/territorial driver's license. This document will also have to be officially translated. Once in Japan, the Metropolitan/Prefectural police driving license offices may also request additional documents. Please contact your local Japanese office directly for more information.