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Innovation strengthens French-Japanese relations


As part of the global partnership between Crédit Agricole and Norinchukin Bank*, Kazuto Oku, CEO of the Japanese bank, made a three-day visit to the Crédit Agricole Group. Innovation was a prominent topic in the discussions. The programme closed with a meeting with Philippe Brassac, Bertrand Corbeau and Jérôme Grivet.

What are the issues in the innovation area?

After assisting Norinchukin with the creation of its AgVenture Lab in 2018, which was inspired by the Villages by CA model, the common objective is to foster synergies between the Villages by CA in France and Japan.
The delegation visited the Village by CA Nord de France to speak with innovative startups, particularly in the field of plant protein, in light of the next Protein Summit that will take place in October 2019 in Lille.

To view the video report featuring Le Village by CA Nord de France, click in the picture above


At the Village by CA Languedoc, the specific interconnection of the Group ecosystem, and the open innovation between the Villages by CA network and the CATS digital workshop by CA sparked particular interest.


  Véronique FLACHAIRE, CEO CA Languedoc, with Laurent SASSUS, Directeur Entreprises et Partenariats CA Languedoc (l) et Kazuto OKU, CEO Norinchukin Bank (r)



(from l to r) Tomihiro TERANISHI, Taro KITABAYASHI, Kazuto OKU (CEO) for Norinchukin Bank, Véronique FLACHAIRE, CEO CA Languedoc, Laurent SASSUS, CA Languedoc, Olivier CHALON, Mayor of Le Village by CA Languedoc
Evelyne LE GREVELLEC, Crédit Agricole S.A., Makoto KOBAYASHI, CACIB Japan


A recognised partnership

In a side event at the G20 in Osaka, French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno le Maire introduced 18 French-Japanese innovation partnerships, including the one between the Village by CA and Norinchukin. Crédit Agricole was the only French financial institution represented in this group.


Antoine SIRGI SCO CACIB Japan & SCO Group Japon with Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Finance


*Special Partner of the Group for almost 20 years, Norinchukin is the bank of Japan's farmers, forestry and fishing coopératives.

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