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Dr. Zhou awarded Yamagata Banto Prize

Dr. Zhou Yiliang, professor at Beijing University, is this year's winner of the 15th Yamagata Banto award.The prize was established in memory of a famed Osaka scholar (1748-1821) to honor authors of publications which introduce Japanese culture in foreign countries.
The Osaka prefectural government selected the 83-year-old leading Japanologist in China based on his extensive studies of Japanese history and culture, represented by a review of the Sino-Japanese cultural relationship published in 1990.He is the first Chinese scholar named to the award.
Dr. Zhou began studying Japanese at the age of 14.He enrolled at Harvard University in 1939, and returned to China after earning a Ph.D from Harvard in 1946.In 1952, he was appointed professor at Beijing University, where he wrote many books and papers on Japanese history and culture from the Nara period through the Meiji Restoration.He also contributed extensively to establishing a center for Japanese studies at Beijing University.The award ceremony, followed by a commemorative lecture by Dr. Zhou, will be held at the Royal Hotel in Osaka on February 19.