Debates Conférences
Ifri Paris
from 09:15 to 13:15
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Emmanuel Macron and Shinzo Abe, September 2017
Emmanuel Macron and Shinzo Abe, September 2017

The 160th Anniversary of the France-Japan Diplomatic Relations: A New Strategic Partnership International Conference

The year 2018 marks the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese diplomatic relations. This is the occasion to reflect upon the achievement of the partnership so far, but also to look ahead and discuss how the bilateral relationship can grow even closer in the future.

The conference will be organized around two roundtables, with two French and Japanese institutional speakers opening the debate, and two experts discussing the topic. The panels will address important issues considered by France and Japan as a priority to deepen their dialogue, in an unstable international context. In particular:

  • Global governance: evolutions and challenges. In 2019, Japan will host the G20 Summit for the first time, and France will chair the G7 Summit. As the post-1945 world order is being challenged, how do Japan and France envision the future of global governance and multilateralism?  
  • Security cooperation stretching from Asia to Africa. Both France and Japan are seeing a convergence in their security interests, whether related to the geostrategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region, or to peacekeeping in Africa. How could both countries further their partnership in security-related areas?

On this occasion, Ifri publishes two parallel articles offering French and Japanese perspectives on the bilateral security partnership. Michito Tsuruoka’s analysis of Japanese point of view is available here.Celine Pajon’s analysis of French point of view is available here.


The conference will be held in English.


9:15-9:45 - Introductory remarks: The Vibrant Strategic Partnership between France and Japan

  • Thierry de MONTBRIAL, Executive Chairman of Ifri
  • Masato KITERA, Ambassador of Japan in France
  • Louis SCHWEITZER, Special Representative of the Minister of European and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic for France-Japan Partnership


9:45-11:15 - Panel 1: Ahead of the 2019 G7 and G20 Summits: Joint Reflection on Global Governance

Chair: Jean-Raphaël PEYTREGNET, Asia Desk Officer, Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy, French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs

  • Shu KAWANO, Director, Policy Planning Division, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Kevin MAGRON, Head of the Task Force for France’s 2019 G7 Presidency, French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs

Discussant: Bertrand BADIE, Professor, Sciences Po Paris
Discussant: Akiko FUKUSHIMA, Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University

11:15-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 - Panel 2: Facing Growing Risks: The Expansion of Security and Defense Cooperation, from Asia to Africa

Chair: Alexandre ESCORCIA, Vice-Director, Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy, French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs

  • Captain Keizo KITAGAWA, Director of National Security and Strategic Studies Office, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Command and Staff College
  • Colonel Michel POLEDRI, Head of Asia-Oceania, South America Bureau, DGRIS, French Ministry for the Armed Forces

Discussant: Céline PAJON, Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
Discussant: Michito TSURUOKA, Associate Professor, Keio University

13:00-13:15 - Concluding Remarks: Tomohiko TANIGUCHI, Special Adviser to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe



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