SHANGHAI --- Descendants and
representatives of the Japanese participants of the largest-ever Japan-China
youth gathering in 1984 arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday, starting a week-long
friendly visit to China as part of the two countries' joint efforts to carry on
friendship for generations.
The 200-odd member delegation, led by former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro
Nakasone, is composed of representatives and the children of participants who
attended the 1984 gathering, as well as several Japanese dietmen and personnel
from friendship organizations.
The visit is part of the activities celebrating 2007 China-Japan Culture and
During their stay, they will also visit northwestern China's Lanzhou city and
Beijing, where they are scheduled to attend a series of forums and gatherings to
learn about China's development in political, economic, social and cultural
In the fall of 1984, 3,000 Japanese young people visited China at the
invitation of Hu Yaobang, then general secretary of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China. They met with about 1 million Chinese youth from all
walks of life, and celebrated the 12th anniversary of the normalization of
It was the largest foreign group China had received since 1949. The event was
described as unprecedented in the history of Sino-Japanese friendship.