Over 150 people, mostly university students, participated in the La Francophonie Day of Discovery at Waseda University in Tokyo on December 13. This was the first event organized by the Council for the promotion of the Francophonie in Japan, an initiative encouraged by the Québec Government Office in Tokyo earlier this year.
The symposium consisted of three modules covering Africa, America and Europe. The presentations were assigned to ambassadors, in particular those from Algeria, Djibouti, Haiti, and Romania, as well as the Delegate General in Tokyo and various embassy advisors. Each highlighted the importance and position granted to the French language in their territory.
In addition to Canada, including Québec, special attention was given to Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, France, Haiti, Romania and Switzerland. The presentations also benefited from the contribution of French teachers who added their observations of each of these countries.
“This first experience proved to be a great success,” said the Djibouti Ambassador to Japan, Ahmed Araita Ali, who is chair of the new Council for the promotion of the Francophonie in Japan. This activity was organized in collaboration with the Japanese Association for French Language Instruction (AJDF), the Japanese Association for Québec Studies (AJEQ), Waseda University and TV5.
The Council for the promotion of the Francophonie in Japan was established following a meeting between ambassadors and representatives of member states of the International Organisation of La Francophonie present in Tokyo who want to make the Francophonie more visible in Japan. The Québec Government Office in Tokyo is pleased to see its initiative bear fruit.
Québec Government Office in Tokyo