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Symbol of Friendship in Okuma Garden

A statue of Confucius presented by the government of China

Cai LiMin, Vice-Governor of Shandong Province(left), Kong XuanYou Ambassador to Japan(right)

On June 16th, a day blessed with sunny weather in the midst of the rainy season, a dedication ceremony was held in Okuma Garden for a bronze statue of Confucius, a thinker and educator who represents China. The statue was presented to Waseda University from the government of China.

Waseda was the first university in Japan to accept foreign exchange students from China. Since that day, Waseda has continued to carve a long history of exchange with China. The gift of this statue was officially announced by the Chinese government at the signing ceremony for the basic agreement relating to the establishment of a common graduate school together with Peking University. This signing ceremony was held in May, at the same time that Waseda was visited by Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China.

The day of the ceremony featured attendance by related parties from Shandong, the province where Confucius was born, as well as from the Chinese Embassy. In his opening address, President Shirai stated his determination to strive for the development of professionals who will lead the reciprocal development of both Japan and China during the next 100 years, while continuing to value Waseda University's deep relationship with China.

Group photograph in front of unveiled statue of Confucius (from left):
Vice-President Uchida; Vice-President Tsuchida; President Shirai; Cai LiMin, Vice-Governor of Shandong Province; Kong XuanYou, Ambassador to Japan; Osamu Uno, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs