Japan-France Relations

March 17, 2021

General Information

1. Population

Approximately 67,060,000 people (January 1st 2020, 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. Language

French

4. Religion

Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Judaism, etc.

5. Brief History of Post-World War II

Year Brief History
October 1946 Establishment of the fourth Republic
October 1958 Establishment of the fifth 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 (2 vacancy) (as of January 2021)
Political Party Number of Representatives
The Republic on the Move (La République en marche) 269
The Republicans (Les Républicains) 105
The Democratic Movement (Mouvement démocrate) 58
Socialist Party (Parti Socialiste) 29
Act together (Agir ensemble) 21
UDI and Independents (UDI et indépendants) 19
Liberties and Territories (Libertés et Territoires) 17
Defiant France (La France insoumise) 17
Democratic and Republican left groupe (Gauche démocrate et républicaine) 16
Independent (Non inscrit) 24
Senate: 348 seats (as of January 2021)
Political Party Number of Representatives
The Republicans (Les Républicains) 148
Socialist, Ecologist and Republican group (Groupe Socialiste, Écologiste et Républicain) 65
Group of Union of the Center (Union Centriste) 54
Group assembly of the Democrats, Progressives and Independents (Groupe Rassemblement des democrats, progressistes et indépendants) 23
Group of Communist, Republican, Citizen and Ecologist (Groupe communiste, républicain, citoyen et écologiste) 15
Group of the Democratic and social European assembly (Groupe du Rassemblement Démocratique et Social Européen - RDSE) 15
Group of the Independents – Republic and Territories (Groupe Les Indépendants – République et territoires) 13
Group of Ecologist – Solidarity and Territories (Groupe Écologiste – Solidarité et Territoires) 12
Others 3

(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: Jean Castex (From July 2020)
  • 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. President Macron appointed Edouard Philippe (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 “La République en Marche” succeeded in winning a stable majority in the National Assembly at the election in June 2017.
  • (2) Even after the anti-government demonstrations such as “yellow vests protests” in November 2018 and strikes against the pension reform which began in December 2019, President Macron maintained the reform track by raising the flag of correction of injustice and rationalization, but revised the fields of reform in response to the spread of Covid-19 since March 2020. He appointed Jean Castex, a conservative senior bureaucrat, as successor to Prime Minister Philippe in July for the implementation of the new policy. The government has focused on tackling the re-spread of Covid-19. Efforts were also made to strengthen security and social integration measures, in response to several terrorist attacks from September to October. His top priority agendas are hygiene and economic measure in the Covid-19 crisis, measure against “separatism”, ecology transformation and pension reform.

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 multilateralism, 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.
  • (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 (2020)
About 48.1 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 114,850 people
Navy: about 35,100 people
Air force: about 40,500 people
(Source: Military Balance 2020)

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 3rd quarter of 2020 announced by French National Institute of Statistics and Economics Studies (INSEE) on November 10 is 9.0% (except Mayotte)). 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 from the mid-2008 to 2009 (-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% both in 2015 and 2016. For 2017, the economy expanded remarkably and the economic growth rate reached 2.3%. And it attained 1.7% in 2018 and 1.5% in 2019. In 2020 the growth is expected to be -9% due to the Covid-19 (the real economic growth rate announced by INSEE in December 2020) .
  • (3) President Emmanuel Macron, who took office in May 2017, has been trying to improve the high unemployment rate and revitalize the French economy through labor market deregulation, SNCF reform, 57-billion-euro scale investment plan (2018-2022) in acceleration of ecological transformation, capacity building and employment and reduction in corporate tax (to 25% by 2022).September 2020, French government launched “France Relance”, a 100 billion euros economic stimulus package based on three pillars of “ecology”, “competitiveness” and “cohesion”. It aims is to restore the French economy to pre-crisis level in 2022, especially through ecological transformation of the economy and the production system, and digitalization.
  • (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 2.8% 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. It reached 2.5% in 2018 then 3.0% in 2019. Due to the Covid-19, the deficit/GDP ratio deteriorated to 11.3% in the third quarter of 2020.
  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Nominal GDP (billion $) 2,439 2,472 2,592 2,780 2,707
Nominal GDP (billion €) 2,198 2,234 2,295 2,353 2,410
GDP per capita ($) 37,938 38,349 40,109 42,953 41,760
GDP per capita (€) 34,190 34,654 35,517 36,355 37,183
Real economic growth rate (%) 1.1 1,1 2.3 1.7 1.3
Inflation rate (%) 0.3 0.8 1.3 2.0 1.3
Unemployment rate (%) 10.4 10.1 9.4 9.1 8.4

(Source: IMF, published in October 2019)

2. Main industries, Industrial characteristics

  • (1) Automobile, chemical, machinery, food, textile, aviation, nuclear industries
  • (2) France is the biggest agricultural producer in Europe and has developed cutting-edge industries such as automobile, aerospace and nuclear industries.

3. Trade total value (2019) (French Customs)

  • (1) Exportation: 508.9 billion €
  • (2) Importation: 566.4 billion €

4. Main trade Item (2019) (French Customs)

  • (1) Industrial products, transport equipment, computer / electrical equipment
  • (2) Industrial products, computer / electrical equipment, motor vehicles, transport equipment

5. Main trading partners (2019) (French Customs)

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

6. Currency

Euro (€)
1€ = about 127 yen (exchange rate on January 2021)

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 “Japonismes 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. The summit meeting with President Macron was also held in April 2019 during Prime Minister Abe's visit to France. In June 2019, President Macron visited Japan for the first time after his election on the occasion of G20 Osaka Summit, and adopted the Roadmap on the cooperation between Japan and France to open new horizons between two countries under the “exceptional partnership”. Prime Minister Abe visited again France on the occasion of G7 Biarritz Summit, and the summit meeting with President Macron was held.
  • (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. In January 2019, Foreign Minister Kono and Defense Minister Iwaya visited France and held the Fifth “2+2” with Foreign Minister Le Drian and Minister of the Armed Forces Parly at Brest, in which they decided to establish the Japan-France Comprehensive maritime dialogue. The eighth France-Japan Foreign Minister Strategic Dialogue was also held then. In April, both Foreign Ministers held a foreign ministerial meeting in the margin of G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Dinard, France. In September 2019, on the occasion of the General Assembly of United Nations, the first bilateral meeting was held between Foreign Minister Motegi and Foreign Minister Le Drian. In October 2020, Foreign Minister Motegi visited France and he had a meeting with Foreign Minister Le Drian.

2. Economic relationship

  • (1) Japan and France have been in a good economic relationship. The cooperation between the two countries is progressing in various fields including automobile, aircraft, nuclear, digital, steel and food. The major examples are following: 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 investment by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Framatome (Former Areva NP), the investment by Fujitsu in digital innovation and start-ups. Around 510 Japanese companies are doing business in France, with employment of nearly 98,000 people in 2019.
    Japan is the largest Asian country creating employment 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
      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)
      2018 778
      (21st in Japan's exportation ranking)
      1,219
      (17th in Japan's importation ranking)
      2019 743
      (22nd in Japan's exportation ranking)
      1,312
      (15th in Japan’s importation ranking)
      2020 602
      (21st in Japan's exportation ranking)
      986
      (17 th in Japan’s importation ranking)
    • (b) List of main articles (2020) (Created based "Trade Statistics of Japan" of the Ministry of France, Japan)
    • o Japan to France: Chemicals, machinery, transport equipment machinery
    • o France to Japan: Chemicals, machinery and transport equipment, machinery, medical supplies, beverages

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 24,000 people in 2018).
  • (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) 171 France-Japan friendship associations have been registered in June 2020, conducting services aiming Japanese culture spread and Franco-Japanese cultural exchange all over France. From July 2018 to February 2019, “Japonismes 2018”, a large-scale project of holding a series of cultural events to exhibit overseas the best of Japanese cultures was held around Paris and recorded about 3 million visitors.
  • (5) About 250,000 people gathered in 2019 at the “Japan Expo”, the world’s largest private-sector event held in Paris every year in Paris.

4. Number of Japanese residents (October 2019)

40,538 people (whole French territory) (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Consular Affairs Statistics)

5. Number of French residents in Japan

13,345 people (June 2020, 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 NODA Yoshihiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs MATSUMOTO Takeaki, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry KAIEDA Banri, Prime Minister KAN Naoto, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs BANNO Yutaka, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs TAKAHASHI Chiaki, President of the house of Representatives YOKOMICHI Takahiro, Minister of Finance AZUMI Jun, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry EDANO Yukio, Prime Minister NODA Yoshihiko, Minister of Finance AZUMI Jun
2012 Minister of State for Special Missions HOSONO, Minister of Foreign Affairs GEMBA Koichiro, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs YAMANE Ryuji, 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 TANI Koichi, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs MATSUYAMA Masaji, Senior Vice-Minister of Environment TANAKA Kazunori, Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare AKIBA Kenya, Senior Vice-Minister in Cabinet Office NISHIMURA Yasutoshi, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs SUZUKI Shunichi, Senior Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications SAKAMOTO Tetsushi, Minister of Environment ISHIHARA Noboteru, Minister of Justice TANIGAKI Sadakazu, Minister of State for Special Missions MORI Masako, Minister of State for Special Missions INADA Tomomi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry AKABA Kazuyoshi
2014 Minister of State for Disaster Management FURUYA Keiji, Minister of Foreign Affairs KISHIDA Fumio, Minister of Defense ONODERA Itsunori, Senior Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology SAKURADA Yoshitaka, Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, Minister of Foreign Affairs KISHIDA Fumio, Minister of State for Special Missions AMARI Akira, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Senior Vice-Minister of Defense TAKEDA Ryota, Senior Vice-Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology NISHIKAWA Kyoko, Senior Vice-Minister in Cabinet Office NISHIMURA Yasutoshi, President of the house of Representatives IBUKI Bummei, Senier Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism NOGAMI Kotaro, Former Prime Minister HOSOKAWA Morihiro, Vice-President of the house of Representatives AKAMATSU Hirotaka, Former Prime Minister KAN Naoto, Former Prime Minister MORI Yoshiro
2015 Minister of Foreign Affairs KISHIDA Fumio, Former Prime Minister KAN Naoto, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology SHIMOMURA Hakubun, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs NAKAYAMA Yasuhide, Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry TAKAGI Yosuke, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology HASE Hiroshi, Senior Vice-Minister of the Environment HIRAGUCHI Hiroshi, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs MUTO Yoji , Senior Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry SUZUKI Junji , Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, Minister of the Environment MARUYAMA Tamayo, Senior Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs KIHARA Seiji
2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, Parliamentary Vice-minister for Foreign affairs HAMACHI Masakazu, Minister of Finance ASO Taro, State Minister of Defense WAKAMIYA Kenji, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry TAKAGI Yosuke
2017 Minister of Foreign Affairs KISHIDA Fumio, Minister of Defense INADA Tomomi, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare SHIOZAKI Yasuhisa, State Minister for Foreign Affairs SONOURA Kentaro, Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry SEKO Hiroshige, Minister of State YAMAMOTO Kozo, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs TAKISAWA Motome, State Minister of Defense WAKAMIYA Kenji, State Minister of Finance OTSUKA Taku, State Minister of Justice MORIYAMA Masahito, Minister of State ISHIHARA Nobuteru, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs OKAMOTO Mitsunari, Minister of Finance ASO Taro, State Minister for Foreign Affairs NAKANE Kazuyuki, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kono Taro ,State Minister of Environment TOKASHIKI Naomi
2018 Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign affairs OKAMOTO Mitsunari, State Minister of Finance UENO Kenichiro, Minister of State MATSUYAMA Masaji, Special Advisor SONOURA Kentaro, Parliamentary Vice-minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism YANA Kazuo, Parliamentary Vice-minister of Health, Labour and Welfare ONUMA Mizuho, State Minister of the Environment ITO Tadahiko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry SEKO Hiroshige, Minister of Foreign Affairs KONO Taro, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry MUTO Yoji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign affairs HORII Manabu, Minister of State KAJIYAMA Hiroshi, State Minister of Justice HANASHI Yasuhiro, Senior Vice-Minister in Cabinet Office TANAKA Ryosei, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry SEKI Yoshihiro, State Minister of Foreign affairs ABE Toshiko, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry ISOZAKI Yoshihiko
2019 Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology NAKAMURA Hiroyuki, Minister of State for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games SAKURADA Hiroyuki, Minister of Defense IWAYA Takeshi, Minister of Foreign Affairs KONO Taro, Minister of Defense IWAYA Takeshi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs YAMADA Kenji, Former Prime Minister KAN Naoto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs SUZUKI Norikazu, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology NAKAMURA Hiroyuki, Minister of the Environment HARADA Yoshiaki, Minister of Finance ASO Taro, State Minister of Cabinet Office NAKANE Kazuyuki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry ISOZAKI Yoshihiko, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications SATO Yukari, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Labour and Welfare SHINTANI Masayoshi, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism OTSUKA Takashi, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology SHIBAYAMA Masahiko, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshiko ABE, Minister of State for Special Mission HIRAI Takuya, Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Speaker of the House of Representatives OSHIMA Tadamori, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology HAGIUDA Koichi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs WAKAMIYA Kenji
2020 Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games HASHIMOTO Seiko, Chairperson of the National Public Safty Commission TAKEDA Ryota, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry MAKIHARA Hideki, Minister of State for Special Missions ETO Seiichi, Minister for Foreign Affairs MOTEGI Toshimitsu
(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 Defense Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, 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 State, attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance Agnès PANNIER-RUNACHER, 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
2019 Minister of Sport Roxana MARACINEANU, Minister of State for the Digital Sector Mounir MAHJOUBI, President Emmanuel MACRON, Minister of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE

8. Diplomatic Mission

For Japan:
Embassy in France (Ambassador IHARA Junichi)
Consulate general in Marseille (Consul general MURATA Yukuo)
Consulate general in Strasbourg (Consul general AKAMATSU Takeshi)
Consuler Office in Lyon (Consul KURATOMI Kenji)
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 Corinne MORI)
Honorary Consulate in Papeete (Honorary Consul Leiana FAUGERAT)
Honorary Consulate in Lille (Honorary Consul Carole FAVART)
For France:
Embassy in Japan (Ambassador Philippe SETTON)
Consulate general in Kyoto (Consul general IRRMANN Jules)
Honorary Consulate in Sapporo (Honorary Consul FURUNO Shigeyuki)
Honorary Consulate in Sendai (Honorary Consul SATO Mariko)
Honorary Consulate in Niigata (Honorary Consul KAYABA Kazuaki)
Honorary Consulate in Nagoya (Honorary Consul OSHIMA Taku)
Honorary Consulate in Hiroshima (Honorary Consul MOCHIZUKI Kosei)
Honorary Consulate in Fukuoka (Honorary Consul AOYAGI Toshihiko)
Honorary Consulate in Nagasaki (Honorary Consul SAWAYAMA Shigehiro)
Honorary Consulate in Naha (Honorary Consul Ghislain MOUTON)
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