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Luncheon Speaking Engagement Organised by the Japan Society The Atrium Room, Island Shangri-La Hotel 12:30 pm, 11 December 2006. Japan and China -- A mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests. by Shigekazu SATO Consul-General and Ambassador of Japan.
Japan and China --
A mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests
by Shigekazu SATO
Consul-General and Ambassador of Japan
- ODA (1979) 3 trillion yen (HK$ 200 billion)
- soft loans
- China’s willingness to learn from Japan
- favorable sentiment towards each other
- rapid economic growth
- increase of political influence
- Jiang Zeming’s state visit to Japan (1998)
worsened Japanese perceptions
- many other incidents affecting Japanese perceptions
= “China’s rise”
- long recession
Japanese less confident
decline of Japanese model of development
- more assertive diplomacy in the political arena
participation in UN peace-keeping operations
seeking permanent membership of the UN Security Council
China:visits to the shrine are to worship class A war criminals
- revival of militarism
- glorification of the invasion
- majority think that visits are to pray for the war dead
Do you like Japan?
Do you know that Japan has extended economic assistance?
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Japan-China trade figures (1999-2005)
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
New measure introduced to make it easier for citizens from all areas of the PRC to visit Japan as part of a group tour
1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2005
Survey (Oct 14, 15)
- reaffirmed their commitment to building a mutually beneficial
relationship based on common strategic interests
- exchanged views on concrete measures to realise this
- Energy-saving and environmental protection
- Protection of intellectual property rights
- Ministerial dialogues & consultations
- Youth exchange –“Japan-China 21st Century Exchange Program”
- Japan-China Exchange Year in culture and sports
To foster mutual trust between people, especially between the youth of Japan and
of China, through direct experience of life and exchanges in the other country.
The Japan Foundation
Japan-China Friendship Center
“Japan-China 21st Century Fund ”(10 billion yen)
“Japan-China Short-term Exchange Program for
High School Students” （500 million yen）
“Medium and Long-term Invitation Program”
（3 weeks -１year）
“Short-term Exchange Program”
(around 10 days)
Invites 1,100 Chinese high school students to Japan, while sending Japanese high school students to China in order to promote youth exchanges between the two countries (e.g. one-day homestay) .
Invites 100 Chinese high-schoolstudents annually（including students who are studying or have studied Japanese） and provides opportunities to experience Japanese society through school life, homestays and other activities with Japanese high school students.
“Exchange Spots” for
Support and foster people who are in charge of Japan-China exchanges by establishing networks among relevant parties both in Japan and China through information-sharing and support for projects, etc.
Establish and manage “Exchange Spots”, places for Japan-China people-to-people exchanges in facilities where Chinese youth gather,
Almost 850 Chinese students have visited Japan under the program so far.
Opinion polls (both in Japan and China)
Need to transmit a fair image
of “New Japan”
to China’s younger generations
▼90% get information about China mainly from the mass media.
▼40% have a “very bad” or “not good” image of China.
▼ 90% get information about Japan mainly from the mass media.
▼60% have a “very bad” or ”not good” image of Japan.
Oct 2006 Japan-China Summit Meeting
●agreed to develop exchanges between the two countries by holding “The Japan-China Exchange Year of Culture and Sports” in 2007
Establishing the action committee for “The Japan-China Exchange Year of Culture and Sports 2007”
●Choosing the logo
●Planning and operating the project
●Deciding on projects to be subsidised
- issues related to North Korea
- promoting the process of East Asian integration
- UN reform
South China Morning Post (A14)