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Eleven portraits of Ainu chieftains, completed in 1790, are now held by the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology in Besancon, France. There were originally 12 paintings in the original set, collectively known as the “Ishu Retsuzo,” but one has disappeared.
JAPAN / History / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Feb 26, 2024
The ongoing mystery of the Ainu portraits in France
A former Hokkaido journalist is hoping to find out how portraits of Ainu chieftains from 1790 made it to Europe.
A court sketch made at the courthouse of Vesoul, eastern France, on Thursday shows defendant and Chilean national Nicolas Zepeda (center) standing to hear the verdict during the final day of his appeal trial for the alleged murder of his Japanese ex-girlfriend, Narumi Kurosaki.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 22, 2023
French appeals court jails Chilean for murder of Japanese student
A lower court had sentenced Nicolas Zepeda to 28 years in prison for killing Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the United Nations climate summit in Dubai on Friday
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 3, 2023
Japan-France road map to boost defense and economic security ties
The agreement was announced after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke during COP28 in Dubai.
Damien Veron (center) attempts to gather information on the disappearance of his sister, Tiphaine Veron, in front of Tobu Nikko Station in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, last month.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 24, 2023
French man suspects foul play in sister's 2018 disappearance
Tiphaine Veron, 41, disappeared on the morning of the second day of her trip to Nikko, with her luggage and passport remaining at her accommodation.
Various aspects of Japan’s Sado Island — noh, taiko drumming, business investment and cultural regeneration projects — weave their way into “L’ile d’Or Kanemu-Jima,” with characters and cultures coming together in a melting pot of real-world political problems, theater styles and dark humor.
Oct 20, 2023
Cultures collide in Ariane Mnouchkine's Sado Island-inspired play
The Kyoto Prize-winning French theater director's latest production, "L’ile d’Or Kanemu-Jima," draws from her experiences in Japan, both old and new.
A representative of Chevalier Brewery presents a bottle of its sake adapted to French drinkers' tastes.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 15, 2023
Sake fights an uphill battle for France’s wine lovers
Among many French drinkers, sake is still associated with cheap, low-quality alcohol only served at the end of meals in Japanese restaurants.
Osaka's Yumeshima island, the site of the 2025 World Exposition
Aug 17, 2023
France to apply for Osaka Expo pavilion construction in September
Of 56 such countries and regions, only South Korea and the Czech Republic have so far filed their applications.
Paris' Japan Expo, a gathering for fans of Japanese pop culture, says it attracts 250,000 attendees per day.
Jul 30, 2023
In France, Japonisme has turned into Japanmania
Through architecture, fashion, culinary arts and even sports, aspects of Japanese culture are attracting a large portion of France’s population.
Two F-15 fighter aircraft from the ASDF fly alongside two Rafale jets and an A400M transport aircraft from the French Air and Space Force as the two forces kicked off Wednesday their first-ever joint fighter exercise in Japan
Jul 26, 2023
France and Japan expand defense ties with first joint fighter jet drills
The drills are scheduled to run from Wednesday to Saturday in the airspace around the Kanto region and the ASDF’s Nyutabaru Air Base in Miyazaki Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jul 9, 2023
Macron informs NATO chief of France's opposition to office in Tokyo
French President Emmanuel Macron has informed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg of his opposition to the alliance's plan to open an office in Tokyo.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Japan and France vow to boost defense ties amid NATO office plan discord
The two countries pledged to bolster bilateral defense cooperation by conducting activities such as joint exercises.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 7, 2023
France pushes back against proposal for NATO office in Japan
France is unenthusiastic about a proposal for NATO to open a liaison office in Japan, a French official said, adding the move would take the alliance away from its prime region of focus.
Japan Times
May 10, 2023
Japan and France vow to ensure peace and stability in Indo-Pacific region
Ministers also agreed to promote the two countries' joint research on next-generation technology to detect underwater mines.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 6, 2023
Japan and France to hold 'two-plus-two' security talks on Tuesday
The two countries' defense chiefs and top diplomats will discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation in the fields of security and defense, as well as the situation in the Indo-Pacific.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2023
Japan and France vow cooperation after Macron's comments on Taiwan
Speaking to Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, France's Catherine Colonna stated that the security of the Indo-Pacific and Europe is 'indivisible.'
Japan Times
Jan 21, 2023
France OKs Renault's reduction in Nissan stake
Nissan, which owns 15% of Renault, has been calling on the French automaker to cut its stake in the Japanese company to the same level.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2023
Kishida sells his international agenda to the world
Prime Minister Fumio Kisihida traveled to meet with global leaders, but his primary concern should be to convince Japan he is on the right track.
Japan Times
Jan 10, 2023
Kishida and Macron vow closer cooperation in Indo-Pacific region
The leaders look to a new round of joint military exercises as well as Japan's establishment of a consulate in France's New Caledonia islands.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2022
Missing French woman's brother in Japan to continue search for sister
The Tochigi Prefectural Police continue investigating the case as a potential criminal incident and an accident.
Japan Times
Jun 2, 2022
Japan and France vow to closely cooperate on Ukraine and Indo-Pacific
Kishida told Macron during their phone talks that he attaches great importance to Japanese-French cooperation in safeguarding the rules-based international order.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?