Japanese monk: Bury me in Xinjiang

Source: People's Daily [10:11 September 10 2009]

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The brocade
The brocade

Kojima said that the brocade with the words of "China will rise when the five stars appear together in the East" reflected historical fact of Chinese people wishing for peace.

He said that the most important reason for Chinese civilization having existed for thousands of years to this day, is that Chinese people have been longing for peace and unification. History shows that only peace and unification would make China prosper and thrive, while separation make people suffer.

"Except for the Silk Road, foreigners know little about Xinjiang. They are so far away from Xinjiang," Kojima said. "There are plenty of rumors about Xinjiang riot circulating in foreign countries, because they still have mis-understandings about this region. I will do my best to tell the world a true Xinjiang and the progress over the past 60 years that Xinjiang has achieved."

Background:

In the past 30 years, Yasutaka Kojima has donated over 30 million yuan to Xinjiang, and supported to preserve the Kizit Thousand Buddha grottoes and to research on historical relics of Niya and Dandanwulike.

He has set up 5 Sino-Japanese friendship schools in Xinjiang and established scholarship for Xinjiang University, which has awarded more than 3400 students.

He has been rewarded by China's Ministry of Culture for making prominent contribution to Xinjiang's culture, historical relic and education, as well as Sino-Japan cultural exchanges.

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