Premier, Minister and Yukon business delegation travelling to Asia to strengthen ties and promote economic growth

In September, Premier Ranj Pillai and Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources and Tourism and Culture John Streicker, accompanied by a delegation of Yukon-based business leaders and government officials, will embark on a mission to Japan and India.

The aim of this mission is to develop partnerships to address health and human resource challenges, promote innovation and collaboration in critical minerals and technology, create lasting relationships that will increase business investment in the Yukon and increase tourism from Asia.

Members of the Yukon delegation will work to advance government to government ties, trade opportunities, attract investment and promote labour recruitment through direct engagement and relationship-building with international businesses and governments.  


As I prepare for our upcoming visit to Japan and India, our purpose is clear: to cultivate strong people-to-people relationships that will unlock new avenues for health care recruitment and business opportunities for Yukoners. Just as Japan and India boast diverse cultures and thriving economies, Yukon too holds untapped potential. Through this journey, we aim to forge lasting connections, fostering mutual growth, understanding, and prosperity.

Premier Ranj Pillai

I am looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the beauty of the Yukon's landscapes, the warmth of Yukoners and the authentic cultural experiences that the Yukon has to offer to the people of Japan. This upcoming trip is about promoting tourism and also other economic opportunities.

Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources, and Minister of Tourism John Streicker

Quick facts 
  • The Premier is embarking on a mission to Tokyo, Japan and New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India from September 7 to 21, 2023.

  • Minister Streicker will be joining Premier for the Tokyo portion on September 11 & 12.

  • Delegates from the Yukon’s business community will be in attendance.

  • The Department of Tourism and Culture has entered into a joint marketing agreement with key account tour operators, including Japan-based Hankyu Travel International Co. Ltd.

  • India was the top source of newcomers under the Yukon Nominee Program in 2020 through 2022, and is the second-largest source overall since the program’s launch in 2007.

  • Japan is the overall fourth-largest source of newcomers under the Yukon Nominee Program.

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications

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