Japan-France Relations

May 2, 2024
Prime Minister Kishida and Expo Official Character “MyakuMyaku” (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Prime Minister Kishida opening the mirror (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
(Photo) Prime Minister Kishida and participants of the Japan-France tourism event (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On May 2, commencing at 3:40 p.m. local time (10:40 p.m. on May 2, Japan Time), Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting Paris to take part in the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, attended the Japan-France tourism event at the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris. The overview is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Kishida, in his address, expressed his hope that today’s event would be an opportunity for many people in France to visit Japan and experience the diverse attractions throughout Japan. The event was followed by a ceremony of breaking of sake cask with architect Mr. KUMA Kengo, chef Mr. Pierre Gagnaire and Mr MORIYA Hiroshi, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, and others.
  2. From the perspective of supporting recovery from the damage caused by the Noto Peninsula earthquake, at this event, Japanese food and sake using ingredients from the Hokuriku region were offered. Hokkaido scallops and other products were also offered to introduce the attractions of tourism in different local regions in Japan. In addition, to build momentum for the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo, the official character for the Osaka-Kansai Expo, “MYAKU-MYAKU”, took the stage to liven up the event.

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