Strengthening of Franco-Japanese partnerships

03 . 01 . 2019

The talks and effort of the French-Japanese Working Group on Textiles led to the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in May 2014 between the government departments for enterprises, finance and trade, Japanese industry and French-Japanese organisations – including the Techtera innovation cluster.

Based on the positive results from these first formalities, the departments for enterprises, the economy, trade and industry signed a new Memorandum of Cooperation concerning Textiles in April 2017.


The development of Franco-Japanese technological cooperation and partnerships remains at the heart of the Memorandum of Cooperation objectives. New areas of work have also been integrated, including smart textiles and sustainable development (textile recycling).

Various topics have been implemented during the year through various actions, such as:

  • Business-to-Business meetings at trade shows for technology watch on innovative fibres
  • Working with the FIBERTRONICS think-tank
  • University collaboration: exchange programme for students; bilateral cooperation agreements; recognition of double degrees; scientific delegations
  • Research projects and industrial partnerships supported by the French departments for enterprises, finance and trade
  • A partnership mission in December 2018 allowed seven French firms to benefit from a programme rich in contacts

New projects will be set up in 2019:

  • Access to recycling technologies
  • Support for a Japanese startup, with internationally recognised expertise in textile recycling, to establish itself in France
  • Discovery mission to Japan in connection with the NARA Congress on textile fibres
  • In 2020, a European mission in the defence sector in Japan will be proposed


Contact: Julie RAFTON-JOLIVET –

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