Japanese Spring at l'X
2017 began at l'X with the exhibition "Japan seen by Ingénieur Polytechnicien students"; the fourth edition of this exhibition was held from the beginning of January to the end of February at École Polytechnique. The relationship of l'X with the Land of the Rising Sun is anchored in a longer term.
Each year, the city of Yokosuka organizes a ceremony commemorating the contribution of Ingénieur Polytechnicien student Leonce Verny to the construction of Japan's first modern naval arsenal at the end of the 19th century. Today, École Polytechnique maintains regular relations with the Japanese government and its representatives in France. The Ambassadors of Japan in France are regularly invited to l'X to give lectures and exchange with students. The Embassy also selects every year some Ingénieur Polytechnicien students for a discovery trip to Japan in the framework of the MIRAI program. In 2015 l'X received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. Hakubun Shimomura, the President of École Polytechnique Jacques Biot also visited Japan the year after in order to meet the members of the Prime Minister's Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. On March 6th, 2017, l'X hosted His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Masato Kitera, for a conference on the topic "International Closure" as part of its Languages and Cultures Week organized every year by X-Cultures Student Association.