Delegation from Confucius Institute at Hokuriku University Visits Confucius Institute Headquarters

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-08-31 10:32:42 

On the morning of August 28th, Heiseikenchushi, a delegation of the Confucius Institute at Hokuriku University in Japan, visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Yu Yunfeng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, attended the welcome ceremony and delivered a speech. He said that, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship which highlights the significance of the delegation’s visit. As neighbors separated only by a strip of water, China and Japan enjoy a long history of friendly exchanges. In the future, he hopes that young people of the two countries can enhance mutual understanding, become friends and make their own contributions to the friendly relations between China and Japan as active inheritors, practitioners and promoters for China-Japan friendship. The Confucius Institute Headquarters will work together with the Japanese side to build the Confucius Institute and Heiseikenchushi program into important brands to promote the bond between the two peoples and enhance the friendship between China and Japan.

Yu Yunfeng giving a speech

In his speech, Ogura Tsutomu, Chairman of the Board and President of Hokuriku University, thanked the Confucius Institute Headquarters and friendly universities in China for their continuous strong support. He said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, and it is also the last time that Heiseikenchushi uses “Heisei” (Heisei period is the current era in Japan and will likely end on 30 April 2019). Even if the name of the delegation will be changed in the future, the original intention of the delegation to promote the friendship between the two countries will remain unchanged. He hoped all delegation members bear it in mind and become bridges of friendly exchanges between China and Japan in the future.

Ogura Tsutomu giving a speech

Later, the representative of the delegates expressed gratitude in Chinese and all members of the delegation sang the Chinese song “A Manual of Youth”. At last, the welcome ceremony ended in a joyful atmosphere.

A student representative giving a speech

Students visiting a book fair

Students visiting a book fair

Students visiting the Culture Experience Center

The Heiseikenchushi program started in 1994, aiming to help Japanese youngsters know about a real China. The program now has become an important project to encourage friendly exchanges between the youngsters from China and Japan and has attracted a total of 1602 participants. In 2018, six delegations have been dispatched to such cities as Beijing and Tianjin. These delegations exchanged with teachers and students in Chinese universities in fields including language and culture, pharmacy, health care, sports (table tennis and basketball) and university management.