Keeping with the French theme, I'm rather spooked to see that another, unrelated Monsieur Baton visited Japan recently too. See: http://ciriusphotos.fr/blog/index.php?post/2009/12/25/Mr-Baton-au-Japon
His spelling isn't too hot but it all makes sense. The multi-million-yen question: does this particular French Stick have a 'CBA velociste' too? Le fromage would certainly suit him.