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KYOCERA Invites Forty Chinese Children to Japan
The Eleventh Friendly Exchange Mission of Chinese Children
July 10, 2008(This document was translated from the Japanese press release.)
Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura), as a part of its CSR activities, will host the Friendly Exchange Mission of Chinese Children, in which Chinese children are invited to visit Japan for nine days from July 13 to July 21.
We will invite a total of forty elementary and junior high students, nineteen students from Beijing, which will be hosting the Olympic Games shortly, and twenty-one students from Tianjin, to give them a tour to Kyoto, Tokyo, and Kagoshima.
This will be the eleventh tour since 1997. A total of 250 children have participated in this tour to date.
This year, children will participate in the Gion Festival, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan, to experience good old Japanese culture. To promote disaster prevention, we will also provide them with opportunities to learn about disaster prevention know-how and technology, which are gaining attention in China, through the use of disaster simulations. Besides this, we have arranged a visit to a high-tech facility related to the environment to help them enjoy learning about the most advanced environmental technologies, and other such events which make up their first-time-experience agenda.
|Period:||July 13 to July 21, 2008; eight nights, nine days (Kyoto: 13 to 15, Tokyo: 16 to 17, Kagoshima: 18 to 20, Depart Japan: 21)|
|Participants :||40 students (20 boys, 20 girls) ranging from the fifth grade to ninth grade from Beijing and Tianjin, and eight supervisors, 48 people in all
Scenes from last year's tour
Fine Ceramic Museum
Details of the schedule
|Sun., Jul. 13||Arrive at Kansai Airport|
|Mon., Jul. 14||･Visit Kyocera Headquarters
･Sightseeing in Kyoto
Visit Kyocera Headquarters, attend a welcome ceremony.
Visit the Fine Ceramic Museum
Visit Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kinkakuji.
|Tue., Jul. 15||･Visit Ritsumeikan Junior & Senior High School
･Sightseeing in Kyoto
Visit Ritsumeikan Junior & Senior High School for international exchange between Japanese and Chinese students through Ritsumeikan’s original hands-on educational program.
Specifically, participate in a card game to develop logical thinking. Also have a mutual information exchange about school life.
Visit Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center and experience a simulated disaster.
Ride the Kankoboko in the Gion Festival (Yoiyoiyama) to experience the festival.
|Wed., Jul. 16||･Sightseeing in Tokyo||After visiting environment-related high-tech facilities* (Ariake Water Reclamation Center and National Museum of Engineering Science and Innovation), visit Tokyo Tower and other places.|
|Thu., Jul. 17||Visit Tokyo Disneyland.|
|Fri., Jul. 18||Travel to Kagoshima
･Visit the plant
･Host family program at the Kyocera employees' home (two nights and three days)
Field trip to Kyocera Kokubu Plant
Welcome ceremony and meet host families at Hotel Kyocera. After the ceremony, two nights' stay with host families.
|Sat., Jul. 19||Cultural exchange with host families.|
|Sun., Jul. 20||Farewell lunch party with host families.|
|Mon., Jul. 21||Return to China||Depart from Fukuoka Airport.|
This tour has come about based on the experiences of the current chairman emeritus, Kazuo Inamori, when he first visited the United States on a business trip back when Kyocera was founded. He was exhilarated by witnessing a different culture.
Since 1976, Dr. Inamori has hosted tours that provide children with the opportunity to experience foreign countries. The tours come from his desire to enable children who have a high level of awareness and unbiased views on society to experience other cultures hands-on during their youth, and to grow up to become leaders who are capable of making judgments from a global perspective and become people with many dreams. These are the ideals that Inamori sees as vital. Starting with the "Kyocera Overseas Training Tour" in which Japanese children visited the United States, he later began inviting children in the United States to Japan called the "Horizon Tour". Although both have continued for over a quarter century, children who have participated in the tours have learned a great deal from their experience of diverse cultures and from the warm communications with local people as they gain a greater understanding of the other country. The network of international exchange at the private level has constantly expanded.
The Friendly Exchange Missions of Chinese Children to Japan
The tour to invite Chinese children to Japan was launched in 1997. It started the first tour as the Japan-China Friendship Tour (currently the Friendly Exchange Mission of Chinese Children to Japan), in which ten children from Dongguan, Guangdong visited Japan. We have expanded our business and increased the number of our subsidiaries in China since 2001. This has led us to extend invitations to other regions and to more people starting in 2001, and we now offer tours to children from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Dongguan in Guandong, which have Kyocera Group bases and with which Kyocera has deep ties. Cities are selected on a rotating cycle each year. This year is the eleventh tour, and a total of 250 children have participated in the past tours.
This tour includes visits to schools and a two-night host family program. It provides Chinese children with the opportunity to have exchanges with Japanese children of the same generation and understand diverse cultures through contact with the people and culture of Japan. It is our desire that through these experiences, children will grow up to become international citizens capable of establishing friendly relationships between Japan and China, and to lead prosperous and fruitful lives as leaders in various fields.
Kyocera Overseas Study Tour
This tour is for Japanese children to visit the U.S.
The tour started in 1976, and ended with the 25th tour in 2000 because its objectives were attained. Initially, it started with the dispatch of 20 children of our employees in Japan to the United States. The scope was expanded in the fifth year, 1980, and a total of 40 children, including 20 elementary school and junior high school students who were also invited from the public, traveled overseas each year. The number of participants changed from time to time, but altogether, 860 elementary and junior high school children visited the United States as part of the tour over the past quarter century.
This tour is for American children to visit Japan.
This tour started in 1978, two years after the Overseas Study Tour started, and ended with the 25th tour in 2002. It initially started out by inviting to Japan eight children of employees of our affiliates in the United States. In line with the expanding scope of participants who joined in the tour from Japan and the number of invitees on the Overseas Study Tour in 1980, calls for participants from the public also started in the United States. Since then, 30 elementary and junior high school children from the United States have been invited to Japan each year. The number of participants changed from time to time, but altogether, 508 children participated in the tour during the 25-year period.
The Friendly Exchange Missions of Chinese Children to Japan
The establishment of our affiliated company Dongguan Shilong Kyocera Optics Co., Ltd. in July 1996 served as the starting point for the Japan-China Friendship Tour. The tour has been held on four occasions since 1997. Ten elementary and junior high school children were invited to Japan from Dongguan City in Guangdong Province each year, and the number of participants totaled 40. The area and number of invitees for the tour expanded in 2001, and the tour has been renamed the Friendly Exchange Missions of Chinese Children to Japan. So far, 180 children have participated in the tour.