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7th JCSMCC Held in Sapporo,Japan

The 7th Japan-China Joint Symposium on Metal Cluster Compounds was held successfully in Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, from October 21 to 23, 2008. At 9AM of October 21, Prof. Hiroki Oshio, Chairman of Japanese Local Organizing Committee, made the opening remark showing a warm-hearted hospitality to all Chinese participants. A total of 18 Chinese professors took part in the symposium including Prof. Song Gao, academician of CAS, and 12 winners of the Distinguished Youth Award of the National Natural Science Foundation (NNSF). The 24 Japanese participants included Prof. Hiroki Oshio from Tsukuba University, Prof. Kazuyuki Tatsumi from Nagoya University, Prof. Takumi Konno from Osaka University, Prof. Susumu Kitagawa from Kyoto University, Prof. Koji Tanaka from the Institute for Molecular Science, Prof. Hiroshi Nishihara and Prof. Makoto Fujita from the University of Tokyo, and Prof. Hiroshi Kitagawa from Kyushu University, et al. This symposium is one of the serial conferences on metal cluster compounds between China and Japan advocated jointly by the late famous chemists Prof. Jiaxi Lu and Prof. Kazuo Saito. Up to now, 7 conferences have been held successfully since the first symposium in Okazaki, 1991. A total of 40 seminar reports were done during the 7th symposium. The chemists from China and Japan deepened their bilateral understanding and friendship while enjoying academic intercourse at the meeting. At the closing ceremony of the symposium arranged on October 23, 2008, both Prof. Rong Cao on behalf of the Chinese participants and Prof. Koji Tanaka on behalf of the Japanese participants made summary speeches declaring that the 8th China-Japan Joint Symposium on Metal Cluster Compounds would be held in Xi'an, China, 2010. After the symposium, Prof. Rong Cao with Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter and Prof. Jin Guoxin with Fudan University, Shanghai, paid a scholastic visit to the University of Tokyo.

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