Newsletter: Chinese Craze Rises in Japan and Cements Bridge of China-Japan Exchange

[Source] [Time]    2019-10-28 18:03:10 

On October 20th, people communicating in the Chinese Corner in Tokyo, Japan (Photo by Jiang Yucen, Xinhua News Agency)

“Nowadays, learning Chinese is no longer a personal interest of Japanese, but an important skill related to one’s future. More and more Japanese universities start offering Chinese courses, and Chinese teaching outside universitiesis becoming more and more active. The Confucius Institutes in Japan, in particular, have played a great role in promoting the teaching of Chinese in Japan.” Hu Zhiping, Minister-Counselor of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Japan, told Xinhua recently at an event held in Tokyo, Japan to promote studying in China and job opportunities.

The event to promote studying in China and job opportunities, sponsored by the Chinese Testing International Co., Ltd. (CTI) of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Japan Youth Development Association, was held in Tokyo on October 19th. A total of about 1,500 candidates took the test and hundreds of students took part in the study abroad info session and job fair. “Last year, there were 34,018 candidates taking part in HSK in Japan. According to this year’s enrollment, there may be more than 40,000 candidates,” said Munashi Masuzawa, President of the Japan Youth Development Association.

On October 19th, Munashi Masuzawa, President of the Japan Youth Development Association delivering a speech at the event to promote studying in China and job opportunities (Photo by Guo Dan, Xinhua News Agency)

Over the past 10 years, the number of candidates taking HSK has increased year by year in Japan, from over 200 people in 2010 to about 40,000 candidates now, and a real Chinese craze is springing up all over Japan.

College Students Learn Chinese Actively to Seeking More Job Opportunities

At the job fair, the booth of China S.F. Express Japan branch was packed with Japanese students. Yudai Maekawa, a junior student in Teikyo University, told Xinhua: “I started learning Chinese from the beginning of my freshman year, and I had the opportunity to study in Beijing as an exchange student and met many Chinese friends in my sophomore year. China’s economy is developing rapidly and there will be more job opportunities between Japan and China in the future. I hope I can find a job related to Chinese language and China.”

Liu Yong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Musashino University, said that at present hundreds of students in the University have chosen Chinese as a required course. Many students, who learned Chinese, only wanted to have more job opportunities at first, but through learning, students not only learned Chinese, but also learned Chinese culture through Tai Chi and calligraphy. Through participating in tourism and study tours to China, students are more and more fond of China and are motivated to learn Chinese.

On October 15th , Liu Yong (first from right), Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Musashino University, Teaching Chinese in Tokyo, Japan (Photo by Du Xiaoyi, Xinhua News Agency)

According to Hu Zhiping, about 400 universities in Japan have offered Chinese courses at present. Some colleges and universities have also set up Confucius Institutes, which not only provide a richer platform for Japanese to learn Chinese, but also have made great contributions to the training of Japanese Chinese teachers, the development of Chinese teaching materials, and the promotion of cultural exchanges between China and Japan.

People Insist on Learning Chinese to Understand a Living China

From August 5th, 2007, in the afternoon of every Sunday for 12 years, dozens to hundreds of Japanese and Chinese gathered in the West Ikebukuro Park in Tokyo to communicate with each other in Chinese and Japanese.

“I like this Chinese Corner very much. As long as I have time, I will come to communicate with different people. Compared with language, we have gained a lot from the Chinese Corner such as the latest Chinese information, culture as well as sincere Chinese friends,” 67-year-old Biju Nedzu told Xinhua.

Duan Yaozhong, the founder of the Chinese Corner and Chief Editor of the Duan Press, said: “the reasons why many Japanese who have already taken part in the work insisting on coming to the Chinese Corner all the year round is that the Chinese Corner is free of charge, has no threshold, and one can easy to join and leave. It has become a platform for sincere exchanges between Japanese and Chinese friends.”

On July 14th this year, the Chinese Corner in Tokyo held its 600th activity since it was founded the 12 years ago. Kyodo News Service, Daily News, Japan Broadcasting Corporation and other mainstream media reported on the event. The activity received the approval of the Japanese society and Japanese people were deeply moved.

Overall Chinese’s Promotion in Japan Makes Children of Overseas Chinese in Japan Love Chinese Language

At the same time, more and more overseas Chinese in Japan are attaching great importance to their children’s Chinese education than before.

Chinese is taught in the games such as “hunt-the-thimble“ and “catching chickens” and in the wash painting course “Baby Tadpoles Look for Their Mother” … More and more overseas Chinese in Japan send their children to Chinese Schools. Ms. Ke Yue has been living and working in Japan for more than 20 years, in order to make more and more oversea Chinese children living in Japan love Chinese, she founded a Chinese School together with her friends and compiled the localized Chinese picture textbook Overall Chinese for the children.

On October 19th, Ke Yue (3rd from left) teaching children of oversea Chinese in Japan to read Chinese characters in class in Tokyo, Japan (Photo by Du Xiaoyi, Xinhua News Agency)

Ke Yue said: Overall Chinese combines the characteristics of the Japanese learning of the children of oversea Chinese in Japan and uses the expressions familiar to them to teach Chinese. I hope it can provide a new idea for Chinese teaching for overseas Chinese.

On October 19th, in Tokyo, Japan, Ke Yue (middle) handing out rice paper to children of oversea Chinese in Japan to prepare for the wash painting course (Photo by Du Xiaoyi, Xinhua News Agency)

As an ancient Chinese saying goes, “Friendship between the people holds the key to sound state-to-state relations”. Language, as the carrier of people’s communication between the two countries, is the manifestation of “Friendship between the people” and the bridge of “sound state-to-state relations”. It is hoped that more and more young Japanese will form sincere friendship with China through learning Chinese, and that the communication bridge between China and Japan will become more and more solid.

(Story by Guo Dan, Xinhua News Agency, Tokyo, October 21st)

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