A delegation led by Yu Qun, vice-chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), visited the Marine House, the permanent site for the Asia-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), in Fukuoka, Japan, on July 16 to meet with Hiroyoshi Akashi, president of the APCC Supporters Association.
The two sides discussed promoting exchanges between teenagers in the Asia-Pacific region and other issues related to improving the lives of teenagers.
Yu Qun (R), vice-chairman of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), poses for a photo with Hiroyoshi Akashi, president of the APCC Supporters Association, at the Marine House, the permanent site for the Asia-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), in Fukuoka on July 16. [Photo/CSCLF]
During the meeting, Yu expressed pleasure at seeing the preparations for an exchange between senior high school students in Japan and China, which was recently agreed upon by the two sides in Beijing.
He briefed Hiroyoshi on CSCLF's mission and the activities CSCLF has held to promote international non-governmental exchanges and improve the lives of teenagers.
Yu said that their visit was aimed at learning how the Asia-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka worked to strengthen exchanges between teenagers from Japan and the rest of the world.
Hiroyoshi spoke highly of the partnership between CSCLF and APCC in Fukuoka and voiced his expectations for the new cooperation program.
"Soong Ching Ling was a great woman admired by the Japanese people", Hiroyoshi said, "we feel very honored to have worked with CSCLF for over 20 years to promote friendly exchanges between Chinese and Japanese teenagers."
We hope to continue cooperating with CSCLF for a long time to come and develop a program to facilitate exchanges between teenagers from both countries, he added.
Before the meeting, the CSCLF delegation visited the Marine House of APCC and learned about the organization's history and operations.
They also talked with executives of the convention about what the convention should do to further promote exchanges between teenagers from Japan and the outside world, as well as the opportunities and challenges facing the convention.
CSCLF vice-chairman Yu Qun poses for a photo with five teenagers at the Marine House of APCC in Fukuoka. [Photo/CSCLF]
CSCLF Vice-Chairman Yu Qun poses for a photo with Chinese teenagers and teachers attending the 31st Asia-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka. [Photo/CSCLF]
Yu talked with teenagers attending the 31st Asia-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka.
CSCLF Vice-Chairman Yu Qun is introduced to this year's convention. [Photo/CSCLF]
On the morning of July 16, the CSCLF delegation visited Fukuoka Futaba School, which the locals consider a supporting school of APCC, and learned about the school's education philosophy.
CSCLF Vice-Chairman Yu Qun visits the library of the Marine House, the permanent site of the for the Asia-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka. [Photo/CSCLF]
Chen Aimin, director of the International Department of CSCLF, attended the activity.
The Asia-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka was founded by the Fukuoka Junior Chamber and was part of the 1989 Asia-Pacific Exposition, an event held to celebrate Fukuoka's 100th anniversary. The APCC is a civic movement funded by local governments and supported by donations from corporate sponsors and the APCC Supporters' Association.
It is hoped that the APCC will help foster "Global Citizens" who are able to think about the world beyond national boundaries. Children who will shape the world in the 21st century gather in Fukuoka to learn about different cultures and traditions through homestays and cultural exchange activities.
Every July, the APCC invites 300 children from more than 30 countries and regions to visit Fukuoka. The 31st APCC was attended by more than 260 children from 46 countries.
(Source: International Department of CSCLF)