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Date of publication: Nov 27, 2017

Bernard Delmas

President
French Chamber of Commerce in Japan
www.ccifj.or.jp
Chairman
Nihon Michelin Tire Co., Ltd.
www.michelin.co.jp

Date of birth: April 21, 1954

Hometown: Mazamet, France

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 24 (as of November 2017)

Bernard Delmas
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

In 1985, at the request of Michelin, I came to Japan for the first time and have since spent about two-thirds of my career here and today I work for Nihon Michelin. I am also a director at Robert Parker Wine Advocate, of which Michelin owns a 40 percent stake.
I have also been president of the French Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCIFJ) since 2010.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

My professional life is now dedicated to Japanese and French cooperation in the economic and cultural domains. It is fascinating to observe that European countries like France and Japan have so many commonalities and have influenced each other so much. They can do even more in the future. My motto is to understand, contribute and build awareness about it.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I am very proud to have started the research and development activities of Michelin Japan more than 25 years ago. It’s now our third-largest R&D center, with more than 300 employees in Gunma Prefecture, providing tire development and research for all Asian markets.
For the CCIFJ and France-Japan cooperation, I am proud to have contributed to the creation of the Lycee Francais International of Tokyo.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

In 2018, the CCIFJ will celebrate 100 years. It will be a great occasion to revisit how France and Japan have been cooperating and influencing each other and what they should do in the future.
Also next year, Michelin will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Michelin Guide for Kyoto and Osaka. I am working to commemorate this with a splendid event in Kyoto.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

I very much like a Japanese term that translates to “Even monkeys fall from trees,” which means for me, that observing, listening and questioning other people and yourself are fundamental behaviors to understand what lies under the surface and the short-term aspect of modern life that today goes faster and faster. I am also very much attached to two fundamental values of Michelin, the “respect of people and facts.” That drives my entire life.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018