Important instruction of China-Japan relations in the new era: a case study on Daisaku Ikeda thought and practice on China-Japan friendship

WANG Hongxiang1

(1.World Language Center, Soka University, Tokyo, 192-8577, Japan)

【Abstract】On the occasion of the 40 the anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China, intensively discussing the thought and practice of Daisaku Ikeda on China-Japan friendship will be instructive to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries in the new era. Daisaku Ikeda insists on long-term practice to increase China-Japan friendship, not only making important contribution to the normalization of the diplomatic relationship between China and Japan, but also making unremitting efforts for building a gold bridge in promoting the China-Japan friendship. The theoretical base of Daisaku Ikeda’s China-Japan friendship thought is the spirit of humanism with practice and characteristics of the times. The thought and practice of Daisaku Ikeda tell us that mutual trust is vital, the communication among the public is the foundation, and China-Japan peace and friendship are common expectations shared by the two countries. It is necessary to continue to carry forward the spirit of Daisaku Ikeda and make China-Japan friendship relationship common passed down from generation to generation

【Keywords】 China-Japan relations; Daisaku Ikeda; humanism;


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    [1]. ① For China-Japan relations, see: Wang, H. in Peking University. 日本学. Beijing: World Affairs Press, 197–209 (2009); Wang, H. in Humanities International (人文国际). Xiamen: Xiamen University Press, 208–217 (2010).

    [2]. ① The five principles for the restoration of diplomatic relations between China and Japan: (1) to recognize the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government representing the Chinese people; (2) to oppose the views on “two Chinas” or “one China and one Taiwan”; (3) the Peace Treaty reached by the Taiwan authorities and Japan is illegal; (4) the armed forces of the United States must withdraw from Chinese Taiwan and the Taiwan Straits; (5) to restore the legitimate seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations.

    [3]. ① In 1974, when Daisaku Ikeda visited China for the first time, he proposed to set up a gold bridge of friendship between China and Japan. In 1976, the Soka University held the unveiling ceremony of the gold bridge stele, Daisaku Ikeda explained the meaning of gold bridge in the ceremony, pointing out that the “gold” in the “gold bridge” does not mean not a luxury, but is from Buddhist thought; the disease and death in Buddhist thought are known as gold, silver, copper and iron, and the gold refers to live, survival, life, and fullness of hope, that is, the pursuit of human peace.

    [4]. ① For his proposals, see Wang, H. Wang, H. 与池田大作对话文明重生. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, (2011).

    [5]. ② On Daisaku Ikeda’s idea of peace, see: Wang, H. 和平·文化·教育. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 31–45 (2008).

    [6]. ③ On the Diaoyu Islands issue during Deng Xiaoping’s visit to Japan in October 1978, he said, It will be fine if the issue is put on hold for a while, and it won’t matter if it is shelved for ten years. In the future, there will be a solution acceptable to both parties.” Since then, the basic policy of the Chinese government on the Diaoyu Islands has been to “shelve and develop together.” See Beijing Review (北京周报), (1978).

    [7]. ④ On Daisaku Ikeda’s idea of peace, see Wang, H. 和平·文化·教育. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 31–45 (2008).

    [8]. ⑤ For dialogues carried out by Daisaku Ikeda, see Wang, H. 多元文化与世界和谐. Beijing: People’s Publishing House, 87–100 (2008).


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Vol 37, No. 05, Pages 8-16

September 2018


Article Outline


  • Introduction
  • 1 Persistent practice of China-Japan friendship
  • 2 People-oriented China-Japan friendship thought
  • 3 Continuing to carry forward the spirit of China-Japan friendship
  • Conclusion
  • Footnote