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KYOCERA Hosts 12th Cultural Exchange Tour for Chinese Children
Elementary & junior high school students spend nine days in Japan engaging in international exchange
The program was initiated in 1997 with the hope of giving impressionable children with big dreams firsthand experience of different cultures so that they can in turn act as a bridge for China-Japan relations in the future. This is the 12th time the tour has been hosted, with a total of 324 children having taken part in the program thus far. This year 34 elementary and junior high school students from Shanghai and Dongguan participated in the tour.
Students tour the Kyocera headquarters facilities
During the first half of this year's tour, the children visited the Chinese embassy in Tokyo and did sightseeing around the Mt. Fuji area. For the second half, the children came to the Kyocera headquarters in Kyoto City for a welcome reception; took a tour of the company's fine ceramics museum; participated in an exchange meeting with Japanese students at Ritsumeikan Junior & Senior High School; and then did a 2-night, 3-day homestay with families of Kyocera Group employees. The tour provided both the Chinese students and Japanese participants a great opportunity to deepen mutual understanding between the two countries' people.
“Japan and China are neighbors separated only by the sea. We share many cultural similarities, with a multitude of areas on which we can come together on,” stated Kyocera Corporation Chairman Makoto Kawamura at the welcome reception. “We hope that with all of your cooperation, this tour will help us to write a new page in the history of friendly relations between China and Japan.”
A student representative gives a speech about his ambitions
during the welcome reception
A student representative of the Chinese group, Wei Chen, also gave a short speech where he shared his ambitions, “Having been given this chance to come to Japan to learn and participate in cultural exchange has allowed me to deepen my understanding and to broaden my horizons. Once this tour is over I plan to come up with even brighter dreams for the future, and to put all my effort into making those dreams come true.”
Kyocera hopes that through this tour, the Chinese students will be able to expand their perspectives for their further development, and to contribute to the advancement of China-Japan relations.