President Shing-Ching Shyu of Chinese Culture University was awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2021 at the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association Thursday (November 17). President Shyu said, “this honor should go to all the people engaged in promoting Japan Taiwan relation and those who put their effort in Japanese Studies.”
According to the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association, the Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. President Shyu won the award for individual outstanding achievement while Study Group on Japanese Residency Affairs in Taiwan was awarded for its group effort.
The association pointed out that President Shyu has been promoting Japanese studies ever since he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Kyushu University, 1992. Japanese language learning has been welcome in Taiwan; President Shyu’s work provides support that extends the growing body of research on the Japanese language and culture.
When President Shyu was working at National Taiwan University, he set up the Japanese Studies Center and served as the first director. Since beginning as president of CCU, he established the Japanese Studies Center and the Institute of East Asian Humanities and Social Sciences. He hosted a great many international conferences to promote Japanese Studies along with scholars from Taiwan and Asian countries. President Shyu absolutely deserves the award.
President Shyu attributed his achievement in his studies to people who put their effort into the field. With the result of the predecessors, colleagues, and experts in the academia, and assistance from organizations such as the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association. President Shyu said he saw this award as an encouragement and recognition of his long-lasting academic work.