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20 Dec 2011

Plan Nord: Course on Québec at Meiji University in Japan

Kohsaku Dairokuno, Dean, School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University; Claude-Yves Charron, Québec Delegate General in Tokyo; Yoshikazu Obata, Professor, and President of the Association japonaise des études québécoises.

Québec Delegate General in Tokyo Claude-Yves Charron gave a conference in December on the Plan Nord for the “Québec aujourd’hui” course, which is on the curriculum of the School of Political Science and Economics of Meiji University in Japan in partnership with the Association japonaise des études québécoises (AJEQ).

Offered for 9 years now, the course is devoted to exploring the development challenges and prospects facing contemporary Québec. Each year, Professor Yoshikazu Obata, who teaches the four-month course, invites fifteen speakers to give conferences on various economic, cultural and political themes. For example, on December 2, 2012, Jean-Louis Roy, the former Secretary General of the Francophonie, gave a conference on the future of the Francophonie.

Guest speakers include former diplomats posted to Québec or Canada, notably ambassadors and consul generals, as well as Japanese university professors.

The field of Québec studies in Japan has grown considerably in recent years. One of the initiatives involving the Québec Government Office in Tokyo and the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) that deserves mention is the creation of the Association japonaise des études québécoises. Founded in 2008, AJEQ brings together some 70 Japanese professors with an interest in Québec. The Québec Delegate General in Tokyo sits on the board of directors of the organization.

Association japonaise des études québécoises (in French)
Main areas of collaboration between Québec and Japan (Québec identity and French language)

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