French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been visiting Tokyo since Friday (23) for the opening of the Olympic Games, met this Saturday (24) with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, before meeting some business leaders Japanese companies, including Nissan.
In the morning, the French head of state attended a judo fight in the context of the Olympic Games.
Macron and Suga, who met in the neo-baroque palace of Akasaka, in the heart of Tokyo, did not comment to the press.
On Twitter, Macron praised the “exceptional” partnership between France and Japan. “At a time when we are all fighting the coronavirus, this partnership is a strength,” he wrote.
In a joint statement released after the meeting, Macron and Suga recalled the importance of promoting a “free and open Indo-Pacific region, inclusive and based on the rule of law”, at a time when China’s ambitions in the region are causing so much concern for the Japanese side and among the Western powers.
They also discussed French-Japanese cooperation in the fight against global warming, which “is not a limitation, but a vector of innovation and job creation”, and expressed the desire to “strengthen” the economic and commercial ties between the two countries. .
On the thorny issue of parental abductions in Japan, the joint statement is laconic: France and Japan “are committed to strengthening their dialogue, in the best interests of the children.”
This tolerated and common practice in Japan, where the principle of shared custody does not legally exist, has returned to the press spotlight by the hunger strike started two weeks ago by Vincent Fichot, a Frenchman living in Tokyo and who has not seen his two children since his Japanese wife left home with them nearly three years ago.
Some Macron advisers visited Fichot on Thursday, who camps day and night in front of a subway station near Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.
Questioned on Thursday by the AFP, Fichot declared himself “disappointed” with the meeting and assured that he plans to continue his action.
French authorities “have no ill will, but this will is not strong enough” to really put pressure on Japan, which, according to Fichot and many other parents facing the same situation, does not respect its international commitments on children’s rights.
“I need results, not symbolic acts,” he added.
After the fight of the French judoka Shirine Boukli (-48 kg category), won by the Serbian Milica Nikolic, Macron will watch the 3×3 women’s basketball in the late afternoon before flying to French Polynesia in the early evening.
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