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This Wednesday, Japan’s monthly magazine Bungei Shunju published an article titled Unveiling Kato Yoshikazu, the most well-known Japanese in China and his falsified resume, in which the authoritative printed media in Tokyo disclosed that Kato Yoshikazu, the ‘self-made’ rising star in China’s cultural circle, has been lying about his educational background.
He was not a student on government sponsorship and he had never been admitted to the University of Tokyo as he had claimed several times when he sat in interviews or TV shows in China.
Yoshikazu’s self-claimed identities as a researcher with both the University of Peking and Tokyo's Keio University were also seriously questioned because the relevant institutions of the two prominent universities all denied he belongs to one of them.
Now, the only certain thing is that Kato Yoshikazu truly works as a columnist for ftchinese.com and Hong Kong based weekly magazine--Yazhou Zhoukan.
It was reported that Kato Yoshikazu has published an apology report via a Japanese website expressing his regret over the false personal data. “All my remarks about being admitted to the University of Tokyo, or dropping out of the University are not true. For my immaturity, arrogance and ignorance, and for the confused and misled common public, here I sincerely present my apologies. I promise to work hard on improving myself and become a reliable person. I really appreciate that you have all supported me.”
Once the news came out, it makes a stir on weibo, China’s twitter.
@People’s Daily: After being criticized of falsification by his own country, Kato Yoshikazu immediately apologized in public and all his individual or media fans in China, which used to avidly seek after him, suffer from a head-on blow. How could he cheat his way into fame and remains there for as long as ten year in China? We may suspect that integrity must not be something valued here in our country, or we should blame the fickle society for being too superficial to tell black from white.
@ tepschai: he is a typical opportunist. It’s a shame that the cheater is hyped in such a way, here in China.
@Hong Kong Global Economy: Beijing Times reports on November 1, that the Peking University (Yoshikazu’s Alma Mater) informs that in Japan, a student is entitled to choose from all the colleges that have admitted him or her (They hint at that Yoshikazu may be admitted to the University of Tokyo but he refused to go). About whether or not Kato Yoshikazu forged his own resume, the prestigious university in China claims it has nothing to do with the fact that they had admitted him and awarded him a graduation diploma.
@love to a big head: haha, the most well-known university in China has air their opinions on the celebrity or even on the problem of integrity in such a hasty way. It is well guessed that in the No.1 higher education institution in China, if your grades were good enough, then cheating, lying, or even falsifying could all be forgiven. Oh, it’s so ‘broad-minded’.
Kato Yoshikazu was born in Izu, Japan on April 28, 1984. In April, 2003, during the horrible period when SARs was spreading in China, Yoshikazu came to Beijing and got admitted by the famous Peking University.
“No money and no friend, and I could not speak Chinese. The minute I got Beijing, Japan Embassy advised its countrymen to leave for their own goodness, considering the frantic spread of SARs in the city. But I chose to move into the dormitory of Peking University. My first week there was actually very sad,” Yoshikazu once recalled in an interview.
However, the young man who once suffered from a poor and miserable childhood spent his past ten years in China participating over 70 big Sino-Japan cultural exchange events, attending over 100 seminars and around 300 interviews sponsored by mainstream media. Based on his solid language skills later acquired in the Peking University, he even wrote several books in Chinese, with the hit one titled How Far is it from Izu to Beijing? He labeled himself to be extremely hard-working, high-spirited and ambitious. Some anonymous academician of Renmin University commented earlier this morning that Chinese fans should not write off the Japanese youth’s contributions to the Sino-Japan exchange just for the sake of a forged resume.