The expatriates from Alberta, Canada and former diplomats to Canada from Japan got together in the bistro "Kita no Soemon Yuuya" Sapporo City.
All of them are bilingual and the conversation was in English and Japanese.
To be surprised, three of Japanese had been the secretary to the governor and another had been the secretary to the vice governor of Hokkaido after their mandate in Canada.
The gentleman at center of this photo will be the secretary to the governor three years later because the current secretary to the governor had been in Ottawa, ON, Canada as a diplomat for three years and this center devoted himself for the good relationship between Canada and Japan after the mandate of the current secretary to the governor.
Is it curious ? They are able civic officials as well ;)