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Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies, Kansai University

Opening Ceremony Speech

  I am honored to have been able to celebrate the opening of the Kansai University Institute for Cultural Interaction Studies(ICIS) in the presence of Princeton University Emeritus Professor Ying-shih Yu, recipient of the 2006 Kluge Prize─often described as the Nobel Prize in the humanities─as well as distinguished guests from the Academia Sinica, Fudan University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Huazhong Normal University, City University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Erlangen, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, and Nishogakusha University.
   In addition to holding the book collections of such prominent scholars as Konan Naito and Wataru Masuda, both of whom helped shape the history of modern Japanese-Chinese cultural interaction, Kansai University has also been producing numerous scholarly works, for example, A Study of the Reception of Chinese Culture during the Edo Period by the late professor Osamu Oba, recipient of the 1986 Japan Academy Prize.
   As long as we take advantage of these extensive research resources and work closely with domestic and overseas research institutions, I am confident that ICIS will succeed both in furthering the field of cultural interaction studies and in training young researchers.

Opening Ceremony Speech