Kazuko Mori: Japanese scholars study China using first-hand information

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The fourth World Forum on China Studies opened in Shanghai on the morning of Nov. 6. Kazuko Mori is one of the four winners of the Research Contribution Award in China Studies.

While talking about how Japanese scholars learned about China, Kazuko Mori said, “In Japan, scholars generally use books and newspapers printed in Chinese to study China, such as articles from People’s Daily and Xinhua Net rather than the English translations of Chinese articles.” Meanwhile, she mentioned that the scholars of both countries should strengthen communication and promote academic cooperation.

Kazuko Mori is an honorary professor at Waseda University and also a renowned Japanese expert on China and international issues. In the past 40 years, she has been to China many times. She is especially familiar with Shanghai, calling his research organization in Shanghai her “second hometown.” She has done much in-depth research that has allowed her to learn much more about China and make great contributions for promoting the dialogues, exchanges and mutual understanding between the two countries.

Eliminating mistrust between the two peoples is important in promoting China-Japan relations

Kazuko Mori has been doing research on China-Japan relations, East Asian relations, and Chinese foreign affairs. Her work is a great contribution for developing mutual understanding and conversational exchanges between China and Japan.

For her, although China and Japan have a lot in common, it does not mean that there is no friction between the two countries. She has placed eliminating the mistrust between the peoples at the top for resolving the conflicts and problems between the two countries.

She talked about the current friction between China and Japan for two perspectives. On the one hand, there are still differences and disputes between two countries on history issues, which lead to the mutual exclusion and strong mistrust among the people. Therefore, the two countries will require stronger communication and exchanges to eliminate the mistrust. On the other hand, China has surpassed Japan in GDP volume, causing some discomfort among the Japanese people. However, Kazuko Mori said it was normal for China’s GDP to surpass Japan given that China is a big country with 1.3 billion people.

In regards to the future development of China-Japan relations, Kazuko Mori said that the two regional powers should actively seek cooperation and promote regional peace and development. Both need to think about how to handle the relations with its neighbor and promote stability and development in the region.

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