Issue 13

October 2015

In October JAPAN and the WORLD magazine is taking you inside the Francophone world. With more than 274,000,000 million speakers around the globe, the International Organisation of la Francophonie (IOF) is the best example that DIVERSITY is STRENGTH.

In Japan the council for the promotion of the Francophonie is actively working, together with the Japanese government, on promoting not only the French language but also universal values such as tolerance, respect and peace.

Ms. Michaëlle Jean—Bonjour au Japon

Message from Ms. Michaëlle Jean, the 3rd Secretary-General of the International Organization of La Francophonie.

COVER STORY | Francophonie


Ms. Michaëlle Jean—Bonjour au Japon

Message from Ms. Michaëlle Jean, the 3rd Secretary-General of the International Organization of La Francophonie.


Council for the Promotion of La Francophonie in Japan

Over the past five years, the Council for the promotion of La Francophonie in Japan has made great efforts to reinforce the value of speaking French and promote the cultural diversity of La Francophonie in Japan.


Full steam ahead!—One question to the chairman of the Lobby Committee

Why learning French may be a rewarding experience for Japanese

The second round of the French Language World Forum, held in Liège from July 20-23 July 2015, will be remembered as a successful experience by members of the Japanese delegation attending the event.


How to Explain Japan to the world

Mr. Masakazu Nagata, Deputy Director, Global Communications Office in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Being the initiator of “Pour nos Tomodachi”, the French version of“ For our tomodachi” a governmental magazine, he strongly contributed to the promotion of La Francophonie among the PMO. Japan and the World attended the French Language World Forum 2015 in Liège with Mr. Nagata and interviewed him upon his return to Tokyo.


Quebec—Innovative and Pragmatic

Interview with Ms. Claire Deronzier, Delegate General, Québec Representation Office in Tokyo.


Mali—On the road for economic development

Globalization and the francophone World

Mr. Olivier Gallo shares his views with the journal JAPAN and the WORLD on the emergence of a francophone economic space, the interest of Japan for la Francophonie and why the future of Africa matters for the French language.


Madagascar—The Great Island

United Nations Security Council—The Ten Lessons Learned

Belgium Excellence

The survival of French language in Vietnam

Francophones around the world celebrate the International Francophone Day on March 20. This day is the focal point of a two-week celebration, the National Francophone Week. This year’s celebration took place in Vietnam.


Switzerland—One nation, four languages

Traditions, culture, politics and language. These are the four defining elements of a nation’s identity: one common language shared by the people, giving them a sense of belonging. Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh.


Lingua Franca—The future of the Japanese language


JET Program—Towards internationalization of Japan

On July 27 and August 3 a welcome reception was held in Tokyo for a total of 1,800 newly arrived JET program participants. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program is one of the world’s largest international exchange programs.


In Preparation for G7 Summit

JAPAN and the WORLD conducted interview with Mr. Motoyuki Odachi, Member of the House of Councilors, to find out more about the next year G7 Summit taking place in Japan.



Tanzania and Japan—Connecting the highest peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Fuji

Zambia and Japan—Building on existing cooperation for the mutual benefit

Colombia and Japan—Back to the private sector


Connected Communities

When Digital signage contributes to a better life in rural Japan.



Uganda—Interview with President Museveni

JAPAN and the WORLD interviewed H.E. Mr. Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda during his visit to Japan in September this year.


South Africa—Open for business

Japanese Government representatives along with delegates from around the world attended a presentation given by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa at JETRO in August this year. The Deputy President talked about the favorable investment environment in South Africa.


Honduras—Strives to finalize its projects

JAPAN and the WORLD magazine attended a high level meeting between H.E. Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, Honduras President and Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, President of JICA to discuss a further cooperation between two countries.


Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe pays a historic visit to Jamaica

Mr. Shinzo Abe paid an official working visit to Jamaica in late September this year. It was the first ever visit of Japanese prime minister to Jamaica since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries fifty-one years ago.



Introduction to Zambia

TAPI—A significant initiative to ensure peace and security

Over the past decade, Pakistan has engaged in intergovernmental energy projects with various nations in Asia. One of such projects is the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. JAPAN and the WORLD met up with H.E Mr. Farukh Amil, Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan, to discuss the intergovernmental energy projects in Pakistan.



Luxury has a new face

Luxury has a new face. Previously, luxury implied elegance, expensive brands, dining in famous gourmet restaurants, enjoying opulent vacations and owning multiple homes around the globe. This image still applies to the apex of the luxury market, but there is a new trend on the rise that represents something else entirely – “new luxury.” Discerning consumers around the globe actively seeking new quality investments in themselves, through their lifestyles.


Chilean Icon Vines—Quality that matters


Mongolia-Japan—Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) ushers in new stage in bilateral relations

This is the first ever Free Trade Agreement entered into by Mongolia and the fifteenth for Japan.


Economic Revitalization in Weifang—The Story of a City with Much to Prove and the Resources to Succeed

In June of 2015, Inter Media Japan was invited to be part of an exclusive media trip organized by newspaper publisher China Daily. During the trip, a team of media from around the world experienced first-hand the opportunities Weifang City had to offer.


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