JOYEUX NOEL ET BONNE ANNEE 2019 !
” Le prince héritier du Japon Naruhito était à Paris mercredi. Reçu au château de Versailles, il a assisté à un spectacle de théâtre Nô avant un diner officiel.
Pour la troisième fois, Emmanuel Macron a choisi le somptueux décor de Versailles comme atout diplomatique, en accueillant mercredi soir au château royal le prince héritier du Japon Naruhito.
Devant une haie d’honneur de gardes républicains, le président a souhaité la bienvenue à son hôte dans la Cour royale, avant un entretien en tête-à-tête dans l’un des salons. Les deux hommes ont ensuite assisté dans l’Opéra royal à un spectacle de théâtre Nô mélangeant tradition et images en 3D. Un dîner officiel était ensuite organisé dans le vestibule haut de la chapelle royale.
Une centaine de personnalités françaises et japonaises des secteurs culturel, institutionnel et économique étaient invitées au spectacle et au dîner.” (Paris Match)
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“History was made in Tokyo on 17 July 2018. At the 25th EU–Japan Summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, for the long-awaited signing of the EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). It is set to become the world’s largest bilateral agreement, covering 600 million people and nearly a third of global trade.
Formal negotiations began in 2013 and were finally concluded last December. The initial aims of the agreement were to solidify the economic relationship between the EU and Japan by removing tariffs, creating more transnational business opportunities and promoting job creation. However, in the political context of 2018, the EPA also represents the ongoing commitment of both the EU and Japan to free trade, fair trade and friendship.” (source: EURO Biz)
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2018 celebrate the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between France and Japan.
In 1858, Japan has opened up its door to the Western world and signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce in Edo (the former Tokyo). Until then, most of the relation Japan had with the western countries were limited to mainly Portugal, Dutch and the U.K.
Since the signing of the treaty, the relation has extended into culture as well as trade.
Japan has taken part in the Universal exposition in 19th centuries, where many examples of Japanese arts and crafts were exhibited in great numbers for the first time outside the country. There were collectors and artists who showed great interest in Japanese prints and decorative arts for example, such enthusiasm for Japanese Arts and craft was to become known as “Japonism”. Many great French Impressionists have collected Japanese prints and took some form of influence from it. In the same way, many artists in Japan working in the early 20th century were keen to include new method of working from the west into their work as well.
Other form of arts and culture in exchanges were in Cinema, literature, Manga, Animation and Cuisine. In regards to culinary and fashion, Japan has gone through major changes in the last century taking in vast influences from the west. There were many expats and tourists from Japan coming to European countries especially in the 80s. There were considerably decreased in the 90s due to the economic depression in Japan. But since it’s gradual recovery, many European countries still ranks at the top of the holiday destination abroad.
With the Free Trade Agreement and Economic Cooperation being finalised, the trade would inevitably increase between the European countries and Japan as well as cooperation in other area of the economy. Working together in the mutual problem of the society like in renewable energy and security to name a few.
In regards to the security concern in the world, France and Japan has recently signed a bilateral agreement of the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement which will deepen security cooperation. The mutual area of concern is maintaining “a free and open Indo-Pacific” and is aiming to strengthen coordination in maritime issues based on the rules of law in protecting the region. Free and open seas are the foundation for the peace and prosperity of the international trade.
2018 celebrate the 160th anniversary of bilateral relation between France and Japan. Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force took part in the Bastille Day parade in Paris in July. France celebrates Japanese culture with 8 month festival covering various topics in different locations throughout the country.
“ANA Holdings and Honda Aircraft Company announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership supporting the expansion of the business jet market around the globe by using Honda Aircraft’s technologically advanced HondaJet.
ANA, which currently operates about 260 commercial airplanes throughout the world, will introduce current business jet users and its commercial flight customers to the HondaJet by maximizing the utilization of the aircraft. ANA will use the HondaJet for its charter and feeder flights connecting them to the existing broad network at major travel hubs in North America and Europe.”
Read more from: http://speednews.com/Article/115754?&timeout=1
Good news, at last !!!
” Japan and the European Union wrapped up negotiations Friday (Decembre 8, 2017) on a far-reaching economic partnership agreement that would encompass about 40% of the value of global trade. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker affirmed the move by phone. The finalized pact, which the parties aim to sign next summer at the earliest and have take effect in 2019, would also cover about 30% of the world’s gross domestic product.” (Nikkei Asian Review)
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“Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono today announced the successful conclusion of the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Building on the political agreement in principle reached during the EU-Japan Summit on 6 July 2017, negotiators from both sides have been tying up the last details in order to finish the legal text. This process is now finalised.”
(EU Commission Press Release, Decembre 8, 2017)
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Looking forward to a prosperous EU-Japan year 2018!!
The GBMC Team