As I reported before, the Chinese government is set to open Chinese language schools called “Confucius Institutes” around the world. This just in from Xinhua tells us that the first such Institute to open in Japan will be at my alma mater, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto:
Confucian Academy to have 1st branch in Japan
BEIJING, June 29 — China and Japan have agreed to establish the first branch of Confucian Academy in Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.
The Chinese ambassador to Japan, Wang Yi, hopes the academy will help improve understanding and friendship between Chinese and Japanese people.
Confucian Academy is a non-profit institution, which is devoted to teaching Chinese language and culture.
Calling it a non-profit institution is a little misleading, since it is, after all, funded and created by the Chinese government!