Tomohiro HASHIMOTO is a Japanese political science graduate student from Waseda University and an AFLSP Scholar at Zhejiang University where he studied Master of Public Administration.  When Tomohiro first visited China at the age of 16, he was surprised at the differences between the country in front of him and the one shown on television back in Japan.  Since then he has been particularly interested in researching solutions to China’s domestic problems.

Mutual understanding across cultures is something that Tomohiro has a large amount of personal interest and experience in.  When studying abroad in Hangzhou, Beijing, and other Chinese cities, he was able to see the diversity of Chinese people on a regional level.  Similarly, while speaking about his AFLSP experience, Tomohiro valued how he was able to better understand regional diversity by observing the differences between scholars based on their nationality.