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Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster

NameChihiro KATO
Professor (Doctoral Program)
E-mail : ckato@mail.doshisha.ac.jp
Chihiro KATO

Research Areas

Social Studies of Contemporary China, Chinese Media Studies, History of Japan-China Relation

Message to students

I personally believe that the Japanese government should have appropriated a portion of its budget for the establishment of a major research center dedicated to "China studies" but, alas, such is not the case. As China studies from an integrated perspective assume a greater degree of urgency and importance around the world, together with the students I hope to develop this Graduate School of Global Studies at Doshisha University into one of the most important institutions of its kind in Japan.  For nearly thirty years, I have travelled on foot throughout mainland China and the peripheral Asian region as a reporter. I have been fortunate enough to have been on the scene of incidents that will surely be recorded in the chronological records of history, and to hear the voices of persons who pushed forward the gears of history. It is indeed important to learn from previous research findings and seek new materials, and to find inspiration in discussions with your peers. One more thing: I invite you to take every opportunity to visit "gen-ba (the field)," observe "gen-butsu (actual goods)," and listen to what "gen-jin (real persons)" have to say. Keeping in mind this "three gen principle,' I hope that together we can create a vibrant atmosphere for research.

进入21世纪的第二个十年,中国在国际社会的存在感与日俱增,其影响力不仅反应在经济方面,也体现于政治、外交及地球环境问题等各个方面。在各种全球性问题凸现的今天,国际社会对中国的期待日增。中国将以何种姿态介入全球性问题的解决并与美国联手带动其他各国将备受瞩目。
作为这样一个正在发生惊人变化国度的邻邦,日本本应设置一个以政府为主体的中国研究中心,然而我们还没有。从世界的视角、以综合的视点进行中国研究的重要性和迫切性越来越高涨的今天,同志社全球化问题研究科(Global Studies)应运而生,我衷心希望能和各位一起把这个学科发展成为日本的重要的研究中心之一。
我作为一名记者30多年来一直奔走于中国大陆及其周边国家,亲身经历了将来会深深刻入历史的一些重大事件,而且有幸倾听了那些推动历史车轮的当事者们的心声。我希望能将这些经验融入课堂的教学之中。先行性研究与资料的挖掘调查固然很重要,与同伴的讨论亦能给我们带来很多的启发。但我更想强调的是,“到现场去”、“看真实的场面”、“接触活生生的人物”!我期待能尊重并遵循这一原则,与大家共同创造一个充满生机的研究空间。
另外,在全球化问题研究科这样一个全新的研究环境中,正如她的名字一样,从全球视角考察中国社会占有很强的优势。我们现在拥有“现代亚洲研究”、“现代美国研究”以及“全球化问题研究”三个分科,学科间的相互学术交流无疑将使我们容易从“超越国境的视点进行创造性思考”。
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