留学生インタビュー

Reason for deciding to study in Japan

There were two reasons for my decision to study in Japan. First of all, I had studied Japanese literature when I was an undergraduate and was very attracted to the Japan I saw through the works of Yasunari Kawabata. It made me want to study in Japan very much. The second reason was that because Japan made such rapid economic development after World War II, I thought there was much that could be learned in Japan for the modernization of China.

Reason for choosing current area of specialization

I am currently in the latter period of the doctor's program at Keio University's Graduate School of Media and Governance. I am involved in research of Japanese and Chinese policy making processes centered on Japan's Official Development Assistance. I am from China, which is still a developing country, so I am certain that studying international relationships and the relations between China and Japan from a theoretical perspective will be useful for my country. Also, there has been virtually no comparative research conducted on Japanese and Chinese policy making processes. Therefore, I think what I am studying is also very meaningful in terms of pure research as well.

Current research at the graduate school

In my masters' thesis "The Chinese Policy-making Process as observed through Japanese Yen-Loan to China --Focusing on the first Yen-Loan to China in 1979", I made an empirical study of the first phase of Japan's yen loans to China. I was also a member of the graduate school's "Japanese Foreign Diplomacy and the Transfiguration of Asian Consciousness" project, where I participated in joint research. In the doctor's course, I am making a reexamination of the study using the analytical perspective that focuses on the positioning of Japan's yen loans to China in the relationship between the two countries. I am attempting to formulate concrete proposals, create an outlook and identify the ideal state of Japan's yen loans to China and Japan-China relations by newly focusing on the four phases of yen loans to China implemented to date as well as the political relationship between Japan and China. This research is aimed at studying Japan-China relations of the 21st century and issues related to Japan-China relations by comparing the policy-making processes on the part of China and Japan in the Japanese yen loans to China. I think that the study of this issue is also a study of the dynamics of yen loan assistance as well as of the political relationship of Japan and China - something that has not be clarified up to now.

Getting a degree(The situation of other past
foreign students with the same major,etc.

There are several conditions that a person must meet in order to obtain a doctorate at Keio University's Graduate School of Media and Governance where I am enrolled. It includes publishing scientific papers, acquiring teaching experience and taking subjects related to technique. I think that it is more difficult to be conferred a doctorate in literature fields in Japan as compared to in Europe and the United States. However, there are foreign students who have succeeded in doing so. Qu Yuan wrote, "The path of learning is long and difficult, but I will perseveringly seek my way". I would like to make my best effort to get a doctorate in this spirit.

Life in Japan as a Foreign Student

I am happy that I have made friends from many different countries here in Japan. I think that in order to deepen your understanding of Japanese culture and society, social interaction and traveling with friends is just as important as studying. By creating a good environment around myself, I am spending a satisfying and refreshing time in Japan.

Impressions of Japan
(Berore and After Arrival in Japan)

The population of Japan, especially in Tokyo, was much more concentrated than I had previously imagined. The amount of overtime work that the Japanese do was also greater than imagined, and they are even more diligent than I thought. In the Analects of Confucius, Confucius said, when asked about government, that if it is done right, those who are near are pleased, and those who are far away long to come. I think that the large increase in the number of foreign students coming to Japan is one of the indications of the great effort being made by the Japanese government to create an environment where foreign students can study with a sense of security. I am very fond of this country, Japan. I hope to be able to utilize my experience of studying in Japan to play a small part in fostering friendly relations between China and Japan.

Advice to foreign students coming to Japan to study

Please cherish your irreplaceable time as youth, set high goals for yourself and spend a meaningful time as a foreign student in Japan.

Uploaded on 3rd September 2001