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[Nitobe Leadership Program Public Lecture] A Door of Hope Opened by Wisdom: New Japan-China Relationship with Next Generations


  • Lecturer: Mao Danqing (Writer/ Professor, Kobe International University) 
  • Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, IHJ
  • Language: Only available in Japanese (without English interpretation)
  • Admission: Free (reservations required)Icon: Registration
Prof. Mao started publishing “Zhiri (Know Japan),” a monthly magazine introducing Japanese culture and life-style to Chinese people just after the Japan-China relationship worsened due to the Senkaku Islands dispute. In 2016, Prof. Mao also launched “Zairiben (In Japan),” a magazine to introduce Japan through the eyes of Chinese people residing in Japan. Seeing the Japan-China relationship with a new perspective, Prof. Mao will share his insights with participants who are expected to build new relationships between the two countries.

Mao Danqing (Writer/ Professor, Kobe International University)

After graduating from the department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University, Prof. Mao worked as an assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He came to Japan to study at Mie University in 1987. After working for a trading company in Japan, Prof. Mao started to write in both Japanese and Chinese. He traveled across Japan and introduced Japan from his experiences in major travel magazines in China. He is passionate about cultural exchange between China and Japan and held lectures titled “My Days in Japan” at various universities in China. Prof. Mao is actively introducing Japan through social media and in his publications such as Nippon Mushi no me Kikou (Bug’s-eye View of Japan) (Hozokan, 1998; Bunshubunko, 2001). He launched “Zhiri (Know Japan),” a magazine introducing Japanese culture in 2011, and worked as its chief writer for five years. He then launched “Zainihon (In Japan)” in 2016 and is currently editor-in-chief. Prof. Mao is greatly contributing to promoting an understanding of Japan in China.

What is the “Nitobe Leadership Program”?

The Nitobe Leadership Program (Nitobe Kokusai Juku in Japanese) started in 2008 to train young professionals from various organizations and corporations to become public-minded leaders, equipped with a broad perspective to function in an international environment both in and outside the country. The program invites professionals of various fields to speak on their experiences, allowing participants (Nitobe Leadership Fellows) to deepen their understanding of such themes as globalization and leadership. This year, Fellows will consider the theme, “The World in Confusion: Exploring a New World Order.” Some of the lectures are open to the general public.