Born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1948, Kitamura Minoru earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Literature and his Doctor of Law degree from the same institution. Prior to joining the faculty of Ritsumeikan University, he taught at Mie University. His specialty is modern Chinese history.
Among Professor Kitamura’s many publications are The First Nationalist-Communist United Front (Iwanami Shoten), The Politics of Nanjing: An Impartial Investigation (University Press of America), and Did Socialism Bring Happiness to China? (PHP Shinsho).
Born in Nanjing, China in 1963, Lin Siyun graduated from Nanjing University in 1985. He traveled to Japan in 1992 for further study. After receiving an MS in Engineering from Kyushu University in 1996, Mr. Lin was hired by a Japanese corporation. In 1997 he launched a Chinese-language blog, in which he offers his opinions about relations between Japan and China; it has attracted a substantial readership (http://siyun.exblog.jp/).
Among his print publications are The Chinese and Japanese: Candid Dialogues (Parts 1 and 2), co-authored by Kanatani Jo (Nicchu Shuppan).