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December 17, 2016

Traditional Chinese Edition of Lau–Ikeda Dialogue Published


Traditional Chinese edition of Lau–Ikeda dialogue

HONG KONG, China: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has published a traditional Chinese edition of Aratana gurobaru shakai no shihyo–Heiwa to keizai to kyoiku o kataru (working title: Shaping a New Society: Discussion on Peace, Economics and Education in the Twenty-first Century), a dialogue between economist and former CUHK vice chancellor Laurence J. Lau and Daisaku Ikeda. Their dialogue was originally serialized in Daisanbunmei, a monthly commentary magazine, from May to December 2014, and the Japanese edition was published in October the following year.

The book release was held on the CUHK campus and commemorated with a lecture by Dr. Lau. Mr. Ikeda sent a message on the occasion, expressing his joy on its release and appreciation to the translators and editors along with his hopes that the book will further deepen the bonds of friendship and trust built on genuine exchanges of scholarship between the youth and the people. During his lecture, Dr. Lau praised Mr. Ikeda for his longstanding contributions to strengthening Sino-Japanese relations, adding that the two countries share a 2,000-year history of interchange and by working in good faith together they could heighten the cultural, economic and societal standards of East Asia.

Born in Guizhou Province, China, Dr. Lau earned his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the faculty at Stanford University to become a professor and later also director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center. He was appointed vice chancellor of CUHK in 2004 and is an acclaimed economist renowned for his developments of China’s econometric models.

Dr. Lau and Mr. Ikeda first met in January 2007 in Tokyo, and the idea of collaborating on a dialogue grew out of discussions they held at that time and continued through written correspondence. The two authors explore the future course for humanity, delving into topics and issues ranging from the Asian Financial Crisis (1997) and the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy (2008) that undermined the economy and led to massive unemployment, and other global concerns such as environmental pollution and nuclear disarmament.

[Adapted from an article in the December 17, 2016, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]