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30 Oct 2013

Québec marks 40 years of relations with Japan

From l. à r.: Kazuko Ogura, AJEQ President; Ook Chung, Québec writer; Claire Deronzier, Québec Delegate General, and her spouse Claude Fradette; and Hidehiro Tachibana, AJEQ Vice President

The Québec Government Office in Tokyo recently marked the 40th anniversary of Québec’s presence in Japan with the launch of the book Le Québec si lointain, si proche, published by the Japanese Association of Québec Studies (AJEQ).

The book deals with Québec’s artistic and cultural influence in Japan. It also describes the relationships forged over the decades in the areas of education and research as well as the development of trade and institutional relations between the two societies.

Claire Deronzier, the Québec Delegate General, paid tribute to the work and abiding interest of AJEQ members in raising awareness of Québec and Québec studies in Japan.

The 300 page book was launched on October 12 at the 5th Annual AJEQ Conference at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya. On the conference program: feminist art, the work of Robert Lepage, Québec nationalism québécois and the plays of Michel Tremblay.

Four of the book’s authors were present at the launch: Professors Hidehiro Tachibana from Waseda University, Kazuko Ogura from Rikkyo University, Sachiko Komatsu from Tsukuba University and Mitsuhisa Ikeuchi from the Japanese Certification Association of Canada.

To complete the book, the authors conducted some forty interviews to collect testimonials from politicians, diplomats, business people, artists, journalists and representatives of the associative community who contributed to the development of relations between Québec and Japan.

Québec Government Office in Tokyo
Japanese Association of Québec Studies

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