A Japanese official has proposed that Indonesia become the center of a “renaissance movement” in the Asia-Pacific region due to the historical fact that the country was the focal point of Austronesian culture in the past.The consulate general of Japan in North Sumatra’s Medan, Yuji Hamada, said that based on archeological research, it had been proven that Indonesian culture had strongly influenced Austronesian cultures, adding that Austronesia included Chile, Madagascar, New Zealand and Taiwan. Their languages also tend to be similar with the Indonesian language. Take the example of the language used during the reign of Japan’s Ochinawa Kingdom, which was like Indonesian. “These [findings] show how Indonesian cultures are still going strong in other ethnic groups. According to the findings, I propose Indonesia to be the starting point of a renaissance movement in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Hamada.