French President Emmanuel Macron was the only G7 leader to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. At the same time, the prime ministers of each country canceled their visit to Japan due to the corona. The following day, on July 24, a summit meeting was held with Yoshihide Suga and the Prime Minister. Still, at the same time, it was discovered that he had met with popular Japanese manga artists and creators, which has attracted a great deal of attention.
Macron President popularity SF comic “AKIRA” author-in the Prime Minister’s Office Katsuhiro Otomo creator Creator is of Mr. and popular game series “DARK SOULS,” Hidetaka Miyazaki said, the author of the popular fantasy comic “RAVE” and “FAIRY TAIL” Meet with Hiro Mashima, a manga artist. However, it was impossible to meet Eiichiro Oda, the manga “ONE PIECE,” who is said to be a big fan, several media reports that Mr. Oda gave him a hand-drawn illustration. In an exchange with the French president and the big names in the Japanese manga world, “Thanks to the president for paying homage to Japanese content” “How cartoonists are treated as” state guests “!” “Japanese manga It may be the year of the revolution in the anime world! “However, behind the scenes, there was a fierce battle between President Macron and the French Embassy in Japan. “President Macron is obsessed with the manga” Kimetsu no Yaiba, “and before coming to Japan, the president told the French embassy in Japan,” First of all, the author of “Kimetsu no Yaiba,” Koyoharu Gotouge.
There was a request to meet Mr. Haru.” However, Mr. Gotouge is famous for avoiding going to the front stage due to his busy schedule. , How about the author of “Advance Giant” (Mr. So Isayama)? “The embassy seems to have been considerably exhausted after repeated negotiations with various places to fulfill the desire to” meet a popular Japanese manga artist. ” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs official)
Why was President Macron so obsessed with meeting Japanese manga artists? A journalist familiar with the political situation in France will explain. “In the French presidential election scheduled for next year, President Macron is aiming for re-election, but in the French unified regional election in June this year, which is the outpost, dissatisfaction with the new corona measures and high unemployment rate The ruling party led by President Macron was defeated due to such reasons.
The approval rating of President Macron has also dropped significantly. , Anime, games, etc., are very popular with young people in France, so I think they tried to get the votes of the young people by appealing their friendship with popular Japanese cartoonists. “We asked for confirmation but did not respond by the deadline. When he is successfully reelected, he may say thank you, “Thanks to Japanese manga.”