Japan-France Relations

Japan-France Relations (Basic Data)

October 29, 2018

General Information

1. Population

Approximately 67,180,000 people (January 1st 2018, French National Institute of Statistics and Economics Studies -INSEE-)

2. Land Area

544,000 Km2 (mainland, French National Institute of Statistics and Economics Studies -INSEE-)

3. Religion

Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Judaism

4. Brief History of Post-World War II

Year Brief History
October 1946 Inauguration of the fourth Republic
October 1958 Establishment of the fifth Republic
May 2012 François HOLLANDE was elected President of the French Republic.
May 2017 Emmanuel MACRON was elected President of the French Republic.

Political System and Domestic Policies

1. Political System

Republic

2. Head of State

President Emmanuel Macron (Elected in May 2017. Term of office of 5 years)

3. Parliament

(1) Composition

National Assembly: 577 seats (1 vacancy) (as of September 2018)
Political Party Number of Representatives
The Republic on the Move (La République en marche ) 310
The Republicans (Les Républicains) 104
The Democratic Movement (Mouvement démocrate) 46
UDI,Act and Independents (UDI, Agir et indépendants) 32
Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste) 30
Defiant France (La France insoumise) 17
Democratic and Republican left groupe (Gauche démocrate et républicaine) 16
Independent (sans étiquettes) 21
Senate: 348 seats (as of September 2018)
Political Party Number of Representatives
The Republicans (Les Républicains) 146
Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste) 75
Group of Union of Democrats and Independents and Union of the Center (Union des Démocrates et Indépendants - UC) 51
Group of the Democratic and social European assembly (Groupe du Rassemblement Démocratique et Social Européen - RSDE) 23
Group of the Republic on the Move (La République en marche) 22
Group of Communists, Republicans, Citizens and Ecologists (Groupe communiste, républicain, citoyen et écologiste) 15
Group of Republic and Territory – Independents (Groupe République et territoires – les indépendants) 11
Others 5

(2) Election system

  • National Assembly (Term of 5 years) Single-member district system
  • Senate (Term of 6 years, re-election of half of the seats every 3 years) Indirect election whose electors are members of the National assembly, the Senate, local elected representatives, etc.

4. Cabinet

  • Prime Minister: Edouard Philippe (From May 2017)
  • Foreign Minister: Jean-Yves Le Drian (From May 2017)

5. Domestic Policies

  • (1) In May 2017, Emmanuel Macron was elected as the 8th President of the Fifth Republic. After serving as Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs from August 2014 in the Second Valls Government under the presidency of François Hollande (the Socialist Party, left-wing), he resigned in August 2016 aiming to launch a non-partisan group of progressivists “En Marche! ”(current political party “La Republique en Marche”) and declared his candidature in November 2016.
  • (2) President Macron appointed Edouard Phillipe (The Republicans, right-wing) as Prime Minister and chose the members of cabinet by taking account of the diversity of their political and social attribution. As a result, half of the ministers are women and selected from private sectors. President Macron's political group succeeded in winning a stable majority in the National Assembly at the election in June 2017. His top priority agendas are amendment of labor legislation, reform of social security and tax revisions.

Diplomacy / National Defense

1. Basic policy

  • (1) With its perception of the world as being multipolar and interdependent, France traditionally emphasizes the importance of "international cooperation", in the framework of the United Nations. Actively promoting the European integration process, France continues to increase its influence through the European Union. Concerning the United Nations Council reform, France supports the entry of Japan as a Permanent member and the enlargement of the Council.
  • (2) President Macron sets a goal to pursue national interests in the field of counter-terrorism, climate change and economy. He intends to actively promote cooperation within Europe centering on the collaboration between France and Germany and to develop national defense and diplomacy based on autonomy, as well as refugee policy and assistance to Africa based on the humanitarianism.
  • (3) As for Africa where France used to have many colonies, France respects the initiatives taken by Africa itself. France currently sends its forces to Mali. President Macron visited Mali immediately after his inauguration and stated that France would continue to send its forces to Sahel region until terrorists are liquidated.
  • (4) Concerning security, while maintaining the particularity of nuclear deterrence, that is a foundation of security in France, France focuses on further strengthening and developing the European defense system and response capabilities. In principle, France aims to promote reinforcement of European security capabilities in a way that is compatible with NATO. In addition, France promotes defense cooperation with the United-Kingdom and participates in the air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
  • (5) Taking into account the situation of its stagnant domestic economy, France promotes "Economic diplomacy" that aims to promote exports and foreign investment in France.

2. Defense Budget

(1) Defense Budget (2018)
About 45.0 Billion €
(2) Conscription: volunteer system (As part of the French army reform, the military service system has been abolished in 2001)
(3) Military Force
Army: about 112,000 people
Navy: about 36,000 people
Air force: about 41,000 people
(Source: Military Balance 2018)

Economy

1. General situation

  • (1) France's economy, driven mainly by domestic demand, is characterized by a moderate growth. On the other hand, France also suffers from persistent employment issues (preliminary result for the unemployment rate in the 2nd quarter of 2018 announced by French National Institute of Statistics and Economics Studies (INSEE) on August 14 is 9.1%). The high level of tax and social security burden as well as its various regulations also characterize France's economy.
  • (2) Due to the impact of the global financial and economic crisis, France's economy had been deteriorated since the mid-2008, having recorded its worst recession in 2009 since World War II (i.e. -2.9%). While the economy began to recover registering positive growth from 2010 to 2011, the pace of growth, affected by the deepening European debt crisis, slowed down in 2012. Then, France's economy entered a moderate uptrend in 2015 and the growth reached 1.1% in 2015 and 1.2% in 2016. For 2017, the economy expanded remarkably and the economic growth rate reaches 2.2% (the real economic growth rate announced by INSEE on May 15).
  • (3) President Emmanuel Macron, who took office in May 2017, aims to improve high unemployment rate and revitalize the economy during the five years by reducing corporate tax rate (33.3% => 25%), enhancing flexibility of the labor market and investing 57 billion euros in acceleration of ecology transition, capacity building and employment improvement, and so on. In addition to the above mentioned, President Macron intends to secure fiscal discipline by reducing annual expenditures approximately by 3% of GDP and by reducing debt outstanding approximately by 5% of GDP.
  • (4) Regarding fiscal balances, the increase of public expenditures due to economic stimulus packages and the decrease of tax revenue led to a high-level public deficit such as 7.2% of GDP in 2009 and 6.8% in 2010. However, the deficit/GDP ratio improved to 3.6% in 2015 and to 3.5% in 2016. It reached 2.7% in 2017. It is the first that the ratio achieves the budget deficit target (within 3% of GDP) recommended by the EU in 10 years since 2007.
  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Nominal GDP (billion $) 2,812 2,857 2,439 2,466 2,588
Nominal GDP (billion €) 2,117 2,150 2,198 2,229 2,292
GDP per capita ($) 44,145 44,616 37,937 38,200 39,933
GDP per capita (€) 33,238 33,575 34,190 34,520 35,365
Real economic growth rate (%) 0.6 1.0 1.0 1.1 2.3
Inflation rate (%) 0.8 0.1 0.3 0.8 1.3
Unemployment rate (%) 10.3 10.3 10.4 10.1 9.4

(Source: IMF, published in October 2018)

NB: As for the real economic growth rate in 2017, the revised figure (+2.2%) is announced by INSEE on May 15.

2. Main industries, Industrial characteristics

  • (1) Chemical industry, machinery industry, food industry, textile industry, aviation industry, nuclear industry, etc.
  • (2) Biggest agriculture in Western Europe. Has developed cutting-edge industries, including aerospace industry and nuclear industry.

3. Trade total value (2017) (French Customs)

  • (1) Exportation: 473.2 billion €
  • (2) Importation: 535.5 billion €

4. Main trade Item (2017) (French Customs)

  • (1) Exportation: aircraft / spacecraft, agricultural products, chemicals
  • (2) Importation: computer / electrical equipment, motor vehicles, industrial & agricultural machines

5. Main trading partners (2017) (French Customs)

  • (1) Exportation: Germany, Spain, Italy, U.S.A, Belgium, etc.
  • (2) Importation: Germany, China (including Hong Kong), Italy, Belgium, U.S.A, etc.

6. Currency

Euro (€)
1€ = about 129Yen (exchange rate on 10 October 2018)

Bilateral Relations

1. Political Relationship

  • (1) From 6 to 8 June 2013, President Hollande visited Japan as a State Guest, whereas last French president who visited Japan under this status came 17 years ago, and made in this occasion, with Prime Minister Abe, a "Joint Statement of France and Japan", "France-Japan cooperation road map" and the "joint statement concerning culture". A "Japan-France Joint Press Release" was issued following the Japan-France Summit Meeting held in May 2014 during Prime Minister Abe's visit to France. In 2015, the summit meeting was also held in the margins of G7 Summit in Elmau in June, and on the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Valls to Japan in October, both countries issued the "Japan-France Plan for Sustainable Development, Health and Security in Africa", "Joint Declaration on Innovation by the Governments of Japan and France", and the press releases and the fact sheet on nuclear energy cooperation. The bilateral relations are becoming even stronger, as demonstrated in the visit of Prime Minister Abe's visit to Paris to participate in the COP21 in November 2015 during which he had meetings with Prime Minister Valls and President Holland respectively. On the occasion of Prime Minister visit to France in May, Japan and France agreed to cooperate for the success of G7 Summit ISE-SHIMA and also agreed to organize a large-scale event called “Japonisme 2018”, which present the Japanese culture, in Paris. In the same month, President Hollande visited Japan to participate in the G7 Summit ISE-SHIMA. During Prime Minister Abe’s visit to France in March 2017, the two leaders confirmed that they would further deepen security and defense cooperation, including through the implementation of joint exercises by Japan, France, the United kingdom and the United States in Asia-Pacific region including Guam, on the occasion of the visit of the French training task group “Jeanne d’Arc” to Japan at the end of April. The first bilateral meeting was held between Prime Minister Abe and new-elected President Macron on the occasion of the G7 Summit in Taormina in May 2017. Also, on the occasion of the General Assembly of United Nations in September 2017 and on the margins of the St. Petersburg Economic forum in May 2018, the two Heads of State held a bilateral meeting. In September 2018, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan visited various cities in France, including Lyon and Paris, and participated in the gala dinner hosted by President Macron after having a meeting with the President in the Palace of Versailles. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe had a working lunch with President Macron when Prime Minister Abe visited Paris in October 2018.
  • (2) At the Foreign Ministers' level, Foreign Minister Fabius visited Japan on 7 May 2013, and held in this occasion the third France-Japan Foreign Minister strategic dialogue with Minister Kishida. In 2014 January, the very first Japan-France Foreign and Defense Ministers' Meeting (represented by Foreign Minister Kishida, and Defense Minister Onodera from the Japanese side, and Foreign Minister Fabius and Defense Minister Le Drian from the French side) was held and the Ministers confirmed to strengthen cooperation in security and defense sector. The France-Japan Foreign Minister Strategic Dialogue was held in January 2014, and in addition, both Ministers held meetings in May in France, in October in Japan, and in January 2015 in France. In May, Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Le Drian visited Japan and held the second France-Japan Foreign Minister Strategic Dialogue (represented by Foreign Minister Kishida and Defense Minister Nakatani from the Japanese side) along with the fifth Foreign Minister Strategic Dialogue. In April, Foreign Minister Kishida and Foreign Minister Fabius held the ninth Foreign Minister’s meeting in the margin of G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting.In 2016 March, Foreign Minister Kishida visited France, and held a meeting with Minister Ayrault (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development) and confirmed cooperation towards the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers Meeting in April, which Minister Ayrault actually attended afterwards. In January 2017, Foreign Minister Kishida and Defense Minister Inada visited France and held the third Japan-France Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting (“2+2”) with Foreign Minister Ayrault and Defense Minister Le Drian. The sixth France-Japan Foreign Minister Strategic Dialogue was also held then. On the occasion of the General Assembly of United Nations in September, the first bilateral meeting was held between Foreign Minister Kono and Foreign Minister Le Drian. In December, Foreign Minister Kono visited France to attend the One Planet Summit held in Paris. In January 2018, Foreign Minister Kono and Defense Minister Onodera held the forth “2+2” with Foreign Minister Le Drian and Minister of the Armed Forces Parly, visiting Japan, The seventh France-Japan Foreign Minister Strategic Dialogue was also held on this occasion. In April, both Foreign Ministers held a foreign ministerial meeting in the margin of G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Toronto, Canada. In July, Foreign Minister Kono visited France for the opening ceremony of “Japonismes 2018” as well as for the Bastille Day parade. He also had a meeting with Foreign Minister Le Drian. In addition, he signed the ACSA with Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly.

2. Economic relationship

  • (1) Japan and France have been in good economic relationship. The cooperation between the two countries is progressing in various fields including motor vehicle, aircraft, nuclear, digital, steel and food, etc., such as the Renault-Nissan Alliance including Mitsubishi Motors, the car production made by Toyota Motor Corporation in factories situated in Valenciennes, northern France, the purchase of Airbus aircrafts (which a lot of Japanese companies supply Airbus components) by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), the partnership between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Areva, the investment by MHI and Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited in New Areva, the investment by Fujitsu in digital innovation and start-ups, the enhancement of strategic partnership between Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) and Vallourec, the acquisition of the Orangina Schweppes Group by Suntory Holdings Limited, etc. Today, around 490 Japanese companies are doing business in France, employing nearly 74,000 people
    Japan is the largest Asian investor in France.
    • Balance of Direct investment (As of the end of 2017) ("Balance of Payment Statistics" of the Bank of Japan)
    • Japan to France: 1,748.0 billion Yen
    • France to Japan: 3,397.8 billion Yen
  • (2) Considering to the economic strength of both countries, the amount of each country relative to the total amount is still low.
    • (a) Trade amount (unit: Billion, yen) ("Trade Statistics of Japan" of the Ministry of France, Japan)
        Japan to France France to Japan
      2013 613
      (23rd in Japan's exportation ranking)
      1,137
      (17th in Japan's importation ranking)
      2014 627
      (23rd in Japan's exportation ranking)
      1,212
      (16th in Japan's importation ranking)
      2015 634
      (21th in Japan's exportation ranking)
      1,147
      (15th in Japan's importation ranking)
      2016 649
      (20th in Japan's exportation ranking)
      1,083
      (15th in Japan's importation ranking)
      2017 702
      (20th in Japan's exportation ranking)
      1,166
      (16th in Japan's importation ranking)
    • (b) List of main articles (2017) (Created based "Trade Statistics of Japan" of the Ministry of France, Japan)
      • Japan to France: machinery, transport equipment, electrical machinery
      • France to Japan: chemicals, others (bags, clothing and accessories, scientific and optical instruments, furniture), foodstuff

3. Cultural relationship

  • (1) The "Japan Cultural Institute in Paris" opened in May 1997, and, since then, is utilized as a place to introduce Japanese culture, promote Japanese language and implement dialogue between Japan and France or Europe.
  • (2) Academic exchange is also expanding such as concluding about 1,000 France-Japan inter-university agreements, implementing various programs in the field of student exchange, etc. With the popularity of pop culture, Japanese language learners are also increasing (about 21,000 people in 2015).
  • (3) Japanese publications are popular, with Japan becoming the honorary guest country during the "Salon du Livre" in France in 2012, the biggest book exhibition where 20 Japanese writers were invited and participated to various lecture events.
  • (4) 157 France-Japan friendship associations have been registered in February 2018, conducting services aiming Japanese culture spread and Franco-Japanese cultural exchange all over France. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, various organizations, including France-Japan friendship associations, conducted various charity events and cultural exchange activities. In 2018, “Japonisms 2018”, a large-scale project of holding a series of cultural events to exhibit overseas the best of Japanese cultures will be held around Paris.
  • (5) Every year, in July, is held in Paris the "Japan expo", world's largest private sponsorship event introducing Japanese culture, an event that gathered about 240,000 people in 2017.

4. Number of Japanese residents (October 2017)

42,712 people (whole French territory) (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Consular Affairs Statistics)

5. Number of French residents in Japan

12,273 people (June 2017, Statistics of Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice)

6. Friendship organisations, etc.

«La maison Franco-japonaise»

  • Japan-France friendship group of Japanese House of councilors («Groupe d'amitié Japon-France de la Chambre Haute du Japon») (founded in 1963)
  • Japan-France friendship group of Japanese Chamber pf Representatives («Groupe d'amitié de la Chambre des Représentants du Japon») (founded in 1984, only including LDP members, open to all party member since 1987)

7. Dignitaries visit (Ministerial level, etc.) (Since 2005)

(1) Visit to France
  Dignitary's name
2005 Minister of Justice NOHNO, Minister of Foreign Affairs MACHIMURA, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry NAKAGAWA, Minister of Financial Services ITO
2006 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries NAKAGAWA, Minister of Foreign Affairs SHIOZAKI, Minister of Foreign Affairs IWAYA
2007 Prime Minister ABE, Minister of the Environment WAKABAYASHI, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications SUGA, Former Prime Minister MORI
2008 Minister of Foreign Affairs KOMURA
2009 Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ISHIBA, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry NIKAI, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan NAOSHIMA
2010 Minister of State for Special Missions FUKUSHIMA, Senior Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications WATANABE, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology KAWABATA, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan NAOSHIMA
2011 Minister of Finance Yoshihiko NODA, Minister of Foreign Affairs Takeaki MATSUMOTO, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri KAIEDA, Prime Minister Naoto KAN, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yutaka BANNO, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Chiaki TAKAHASHI, President of the house of Representatives Takahiro YOKOMICHI, Minister of Finance Jun AZUMI, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio EDANO, Prime Minister Yoshihiko NODA, Minister of Finance Jun AZUMI
2012 Minister of State for Special Missions HOSONO, Minister of Foreign Affairs Koichiro GEMBA, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Ryuji YAMANE, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry MAKINO, Senior Vice-Minister in Cabinet Office NAKATSUKA, Senior Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology OKUMURA,
2013 Senior Vice-Minister for Reconstruction Koichi TANI, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Masaji MATSUYAMA, Senior Vice-Minister of Environment Kazunori TANAKA, Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Kenya AKIBA, Senior Vice-Minister in Cabinet Office Yasutoshi NISHIMURA, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa HAYASHI, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Shunichi SUZUKI, Senior Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Tetsushi SAKAMOTO, Minister of Environment Noboteru ISHIHARA, Minister of Justice Sadakazu TANIGAKI, Minister of State for Special Missions Masako MORI, Minister of State for Special Missions Tomomi INADA, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu MOTEGI, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kazuyoshi AKABA
2014 Minister of State for Disaster Management Keiji FURUYA, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio KISHIDA, Minister of Defense Itsunori ONODERA, Senior Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Yoshitaka SAKURADA, Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio KISHIDA, Minister of State for Special Missions Akira AMARI, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Toshimitsu MOTEGI, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa HAYASHI, Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Ryota TAKEDA, Senior Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Kyoko NISHIKAWA, Senior Vice-Minister in Cabinet Office Yasutoshi NISHIMURA, President of the house of Representatives Bummei IBUKI, Senier Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kotaro NOGAMI, Former Prime Minister Morihiro HOSOKAWA, Vice-President of the house of Representatives Hirotaka AKAMATSU, Former Prime Minister Naoto KAN, Former Prime Minister Yoshiro MORI
2015 Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio KISHIDA, Former Prime Minister Naoto KAN, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hakubun SHIMOMURA, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Yasuhide NAKAYAMA, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yosuke TAKAGI, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hiroshi HASE, Senior Vice-Minister of the Environment Hiroshi HIRAGUCHI, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoji MUTO, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Junji SUZUKI, Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, Minister of the Environment Tamayo MARUYAMA, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Seiji KIHARA
2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio KISHIDA, Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, Parliamentary Vice-minister for Foreign affairs Masakazu HAMACHI, Minister of Finance Taro ASO, State Minister of Defense Kenji WAKAMIYA, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yosuke TAKAGI
2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio KISHIDA, Minister of Defense Tomomi INADA, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Yasuhisa SHIOZAKI, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro SONOURA, Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige SEKO, Minister of State Kozo YAMAMOTO, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Motome TAKISAWA, State Minister of Defense Kenji WAKAMIYA, State Minister of Finance Taku OTSUKA, State Minister of Justice Masahito MORIYAMA, Minister of State Nobuteru ISHIHARA, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Yoshimasa HAYASHI, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mitsunari OKAMOTO, Minister of Finance Taro ASO, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki NAKANE, Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono ,State Minister of Environment Naomi TOKASHIKI
2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign affairs Mitsunari OKAMOTO, State Minister of Finance Kenichiro UENO, Minister of State Masaji MATSUYAMA, Special Advisor Kentaro SONOURA, Parliamentary Vice-minister of Land, Infrastructure,Transport and Tourism Kazuo YANA, Parliamentary Vice-minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Mizuho ONUMA, State Minister of the Environment Tadahiko ITO, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige SEKO, Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoji MUTO, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign affairs Manabu HORII, Minister of State Hiroshi KAJIYAMA, Senior Vice-Minister in Cabinet Office Ryosei TANAKA, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, Prime Minister Shinzo ABE
(2) Visit to Japan
  Dignitary's name
2005 Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade François LOOS, President Jacques CHIRAC
2006 Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade Christine LAGARDE, Minister of Agriculture and Fishery Dominique BUSSEREAU
2007 Minister of Defense Michèle ALLIOT-MARIE, Secretary of State for Youth and Sports Bernard LAPORTE
2008 Minister of the Economy, Finances and Employment Christine LAGARDE, Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie IDRAC, Secretary of State for cooperation Alain JOYANDET, Minister of Ecology Jean-Louis BORLOO, Prime Minister François FILLON, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard KOUCHNER , President Nicolas SARKOZY (during G8 in Toyako)
2009 Secretary of State and Prospective Development of the Digital Economy Nathalie KOSCIUSKO-MORIZET, Secretary of State for Public Service André SANTINI, Special envoy to North Korea Jack LANG, Secretary of State for International State Anne-Marie IDRAC, Chief of the Defence Staff Jean-Louis GEORGELIN
2010 Secretary of State for the Development of the Capital Region Christian BLANC, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard KOUCHNER, Secretary of State for Employment Laurent WAUQUIEZ, Prime Minister François FILLON, Minister of the Economy, Finances and Employment Christine LAGARDE
2011 Secretary of State for International Trade Pierre LELLOUCHE, President Nicolas SARKOZY, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing Nathalie KOSCIUSKO-MORIZET, Minister of Culture and Communications Frédéric MITTERRAND, Secretary of State for Transports Thierry MARIANI, President of the National Assembly of France Bernard ACCOYER, Prime Minister François FILLON
2012 Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain JUPPE, Minister for Industry, Energy and Digital Economy Eric BESSON, Former Prime Minister Laurent FABIUS (Special envoy before François HOLLANDE's election as French president), Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent FABIUS (during the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan), Minister of Economy and Finances Pierre MOSCOVICI (during the IMF・World Bank meeting that occurred in Tokyo), Minister of Higher Education and Research Geneviève FIORASO(during the IMF・World Bank meeting that occurred in Tokyo), Minister of Ecology, sustainable Development and Energy Delphine BATHO (during a conference dealing with nuclear energy safety)
2013 Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy Fleur PELLERIN, Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud MONTEBOURG, Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent FABIUS, Deputy Minister for Development under the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pascal CANFIN (During TICAD V), President François HOLLANDE, Minister for Industrial Renewal Arnaud MONTEBOURG, Minister of Ecology, sustainable Development and Energy Delphine BATHO, Minister of Culture and Communications Aurélie FILIPETTI, Minister of Higher Education and Research Geneviève FIORASO, Minister Delegate for the Food Industry Guillaume GAROT
2014 Minister of Economy and Finance Pierre MOSCOVICI, Minister of Spots, Youth, Popular Education and Associative Life Valérie FOURNEYRON, Minister of Defense Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of State for Women's Rights, attached to the Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights Pascale BOISTARD, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent FABIUS
2015 Minister of Finance and Public Accounts Michel SAPIN, Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent FABIUS, Minister of State for Development and Francophony, attached to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Annick GIRARDIN, Minister for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport Patrick KANNER, Prime Minister Manuel VALLS, Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel MACRON, Secretary of State for Higher Education Thierry MANDON
2016 President François HOLLANDE, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Finance and Public accounting Michel SAPIN, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Marisol TOURAINE
2017 Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique VIDAL
2018 Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister of the Armed Forces Florence PARLY, President of the National Assembly François de Rugy

8. Diplomatic Mission (As of September 2018)

For Japan:
Embassy in France (Ambassador Masato KITERA)
Consulate general in Marseille (Consul general Akira TAKEDA)
Consulate general in Strasbourg (Consul general Takamasa SATO)
Consuler Office in Lyon (Consul Hidekazu NAGASAWA)
Honorary Consulate in Le Havre (Honorary Consul Christian LEROUX)
Honorary Consulate in Bordeaux (Honorary Consul Bruno LACOSTE)
Honorary Consulate in Toulouse (Honorary Consul Frédéric REYNES)
Honorary Consulate in Nouméa (Honorary Consul Marie-Josée MICHEL)
Honorary Consulate in Papeete (Honorary Consul Narii FAUGERAT)
Honorary Consulate in Lille (Honorary Consul Patrick LESAFFRE)
For France :
Embassy in Japan (Ambassador Laurent PIC)
Consulate general in Kyoto (Consul general Jean-Matthieu BONNEL)
Honorary Consulate in Sapporo (Honorary Consul Shigeyuki FURUNO)
Honorary Consulate in Sendai (Honorary Consul Mariko SATO)
Honorary Consulate in Niigata (Honorary Consul Kazuaki KAYABA)
Honorary Consulate in Nagoya (Honorary Consul Taku OSHIMA)
Honorary Consulate in Fukuoka (Honorary Consul Michiaki URIU)
Honorary Consulate in Nagasaki (Honorary Consul Seichiro SAWAYAMA)
Honorary Consulate in Hiroshima (Honorary Consul Kosei MOCHIZUKI)
Honorary Consulate in Naha (Honorary Consul Ghislain MOUTON)