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October 17, 2012

Dialogue with Chinese Authority on Education Published in Japan

Heiwa no kakehashi-ningen kyoiku o kataru

"Humanistic Education, A Bridge to Peace," a dialogue between Chinese authority on education Gu Mingyuan and Daisaku Ikeda

TOKYO, Japan: The Tokyo-based Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) recently published Heiwa no kakehashi-ningen kyoiku o kataru (tentative translation: "Humanistic Education, A Bridge to Peace"), a dialogue between Gu Mingyuan, president of the Chinese Society of Education, and Daisaku Ikeda. In their dialogue, the two share insights on a broad range of educational issues, from the pedagogical importance of caring and compassion to the relationship between one's native province to character formation, as well as ideals and perspectives on developing global citizenry and education as a lifelong learning process.

Widely recognized for his leadership of China's educational community, Dr. Gu is an authority in the field of comparative education, incorporating cross-cultural elements of the East and West. He is also an acclaimed researcher of Chinese literary giant Lu Xun's theories on education. He was named National Prominent Teacher in 1991 and awarded the title, "People's Teacher," by the Beijing Municipal People's Government in 1999.

In the conclusion of their dialogue, Dr. Gu expresses hope that the young people of China and Japan would "develop into envoys of bilateral peace and goodwill" and that they serve to draw the two countries even closer in the future, a task that the authors have striven towards for much of their adult lives.

"Humanistic Education, A Bridge to Peace" was originally published as a series in the Japanese edition of the annual IOP periodical, The Journal of Oriental Studies, from 2009 to 2011. The latest hardcover edition was released in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan, as well as to celebrate the golden anniversary of IOP's founding.

[Adapted from an article in the October 17, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]