Introductory Address by Mr. Marc Beliveau on behalf of the Tokyo Office of Quebec Government マルク・ベリボー氏
Moderated by Blog Writer, Takahiro Miyao ブログの筆者が司会
Panelists, Mr. Obata, Mr. Sota and Mr. Ikeuchi パネリストの小畑精和氏、曽田修司氏、池内光久氏
Quebec Blog Seminar Sponsored by the Delegation Office of Quebec Government, Tokyo (Date: May 12, 2008; Place: L’Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo; Writer: Takahiro Miyao)
On May 12, 7-9pm, a special seminar was held at L’Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo, sponsored by the Delegation Office of Quebec Government to discuss what Japan can learn from Quebec for the purpose of promoting Japan-Quebec relations.
After a brief introductory address was given by Mr. Marc Beliveau on behalf of Representative Suzanne Ethier of the Delegation Office of Quebec Government, Tokyo, interesting presentations were made by three specialists on Quebec, Prof. Yoshikazu Obata (Meiji University) in literature and culture, Prof. Shuji Sota (Atomi Gakuen University) in art management, and Mr. Mitsuhisa Ikeuchi (Corporate Advisor and College Lecturer) in economic affairs, moderated by Takahiro Miyao, who is the author of the Japan-Quebec Blog (http://japanquebec.blog76.fc2.com/).
First, Prof. Obata explained the historical and spiritual background of people in Quebec with special reference to the song, entitled “Gens du Pays” (meaning “people of the nation”). This song has been widely sung by people in Quebec on festive occasions and helping their search for “national” identity for the last few decades, according to Prof. Obata.
Second, Prof. Sota pointed out the unique characteristics of Quebec-style performing arts, as represented by La la la Human Steps and Cirque du Soleil, where not only their artistic quality is first-rate, but also their management system, including production and distribution, is excellent from the business point of view. This is something that Japan can learn from Quebec for acquiring a more open and global perspective in artistic activities including management aspects, according to Prof. Sota.
Third, Mr. Ikeuchi talked about the economic development of Quebec with special emphasis on the effects of its language-cultural policies. He concluded that Quebec’s language policy has benefited its economy after all, because it helped Quebecois obtain their identity and self-confidence so that many French-speaking professionals have been attracted to Quebec, especially Montreal and Quebec City, to work for internationally competitive industries.