Descendants of the Donor of Sun Yat-sen Statue Visited SYSU
On the morning of 21 March, accompanied by the staff of Foreign Friendship Association of Guangdong Provincial Government, the great-grandson Umeya Shokichi (donor of the bronze statue of Sun Yat-sen in SYSU), a close friend of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Ms. Kosaka Fumio, managing director of Song Ben Buiding where Dr. Sun Yat-sen used to conduct revolutionary activities, and 6 other delegate members paid a visit to SYSU. Vice President Xu Anlong greeted the visitors. Chen Wangnan, head of President Office, and Xu Yao, vice head of Office of International Cooperation & Exchange participated in the talk. Both sides expressed intentions of further cooperation. The guests visited Huai Shi Hall, Hei Shi Hall, Sun Yat-sen Bronze Statue, and Martin Hall which has affinity with Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Prof. Lin Jiayou introduced the developments and anecdotes behind these scenic spots.
According to sources, the Sun Yat-sen Statue was endowed by Umeya Shokichi, who had a deep friendship with Dr. Sun Yat-sen, after his death. The statue arrived at SYSU in the 1930s. In the 1990s, Mr. Kosaka Tetsuo, husband of Kosaka Suwako, Umeya Shokichi s granddaughter, Prof. Zeng Hanmin, former president of SYSU, Prof. Chen Xiqi, an expert in Sun Yat-sen studies, Prof. Lin Jiayou also went to visit Ben Song Building during their visit in Japan. Ben Song Building, a dwelling place of Dr. Sun Yat-sen where he had engaged himself in revolutionary activities during his stay in Japan, is now the former residence of Mr. Umeya Shokichi.