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Contemporary Asian Studies Cluster

Yujiro MURATA
NameYujiro MURATA
Professor (Doctoral Program)
E-mail : ymurata@mail.doshisha.ac.jp

Research Areas

Intellectual History of China
Modern Chinese History
Sino-Japan Relations in the Modern Era

Message to students

Ango Sakaguchi said “To learn is to find where the limit is.” It is preceded by the sentence “Mankind never wins, we just do not lose,” and ends with the bold conclusion “I will fight for that.” At the sight of the defeated and scorched land of Japan, the author of Discourse on Decadence strongly affirmed the human nature and life. Since that day of “3.11,” I have been pondering these words by Ango everyday. Both in scientific discovery and humane thought, the ultimate goal should be to understand where the limit of human ability is. It is, as Ango said, the affirmation of “knowledge” based on the infinite faith in humanity, as opposed to resignation, cynicism and conventionalism. However, the world is still full of discrimination, prejudice and narrow-minded exclusion. I think that Global Studies should be an academic weapon for the “battle of not losing” against these universal issues of mankind. Encouraged by Ango’s words, I am determined to continue doing my utmost in order “not to lose” in the field of Chinese studies.

坂口安吾曾说:“学问在于发现极限。”“人类决无胜利,仅能不败”,他接着说,“我为此而战。”目睹战败后化作一片焦土的日本,《堕落论》的作者安吾以这段酣畅淋漓,振聋发聩的箴言,强有力地肯定了人类本性与生命的可贵。自“三·一一”大地震后,我日日体味着安吾的这段话语。科学发现与人文思考的终极目标,亦当在于洞悉人类的极限。正如安吾所说,这与超然、冷笑与退缩截然不同,乃是出于对人类无限信任的“知识”的肯定。然而,当今社会仍然充满着歧视、偏见与狭隘的排他心理。面对这些人类的普遍课题,全球研究应当成为“不败之战”的学问武器。我将以安吾的箴言为后盾,继续在中国研究这一“战场”,为了“不败”略尽一份绵力。