On June 24, the first China-Japan Youth Campus Football Summit was held in Tokyo, one of the key dates to celebrate the China-Japan Youth Exchange Promotion Year.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message to wish the summit a success. In his note, Abe expressed his hope that youth from both countries would build more open and honest friendships through football. Speaking on behalf of the Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou, the Minister-Counselor of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Japan Hu Zhiping, recognized Japan’s efforts to facilitate exchanges between Chinese and Japanese youth.
The summit was jointly hosted under the theme “Building friendship through football” by the Japan China Friendship Football Federation and the China Cultural Center in Tokyo, and co-organized by the China Education Association for International Exchange and the All-Japan Federation of Overseas Chinese Professionals.
Representatives of the Japanese House of Representatives, the Japan China Friendship Football Federation, the Association of Parliamentarians for the Promotion of Football Diplomacy and the Japan Sports Agency attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. Wang Dengfeng, Director of the Department of Physical, Health and Arts Education under the MOE delivered a speech entitled “Development and Vision of Youth Campus Football in China”, in which he expressed his wish for China and Japan to reinforce exchanges and cooperation in the field of campus football.
During the summit,the China Education Association for International Exchange and the Japan China Friendship Football Federation signed an MoU and inaugurated the Japan-China Youth Campus Football Friendship and Cooperation Center.