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Terasaki Programs

The generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Terasaki in 2005 has allowed the Center to expand its programs in several new directions. The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Program provide necessary resources to promote new initiatives, hold flagship conferences, and offer analysis of the most compelling domestic and international issues facing Japan.

Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in Contemporary Japanese Studies

Hitoshi Abe

Hitoshi Abe was appointed as the inaugural holder of the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan and the Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, effective November 1, 2010. An internationally renowned architect and principal in Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Professor Abe joined the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design as Professor and Chair in 2007.

Since 1992, when Professor Abe won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium Competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing, which place him among the leaders in his field. Known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and has received numerous awards in Japan and abroad, including the 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Education Award, the 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the K-Museum, the 2008 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, and the 2007 World Architecture Award for M/Kanno Museum. He is the subject of Phaidon Press monograph Hitoshi Abe (2009).

Professor Abe, who received his M.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles in 1988 and his Ph.D. from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan in 1993, has had a distinguished career as a leader in education, which began at the Tohoku Institute of Technology (Sendai, Japan) where he taught from 1994 to 2002. He then served as Professor in charge of the Architecture and Urban Design Laboratory and Director of the Architectural Design Education Committee at Tohoku University until 2007. During this time he established an international network of architectural training, offering workshops and exchange programs with several foreign universities. He was the Friedman Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 2006.

Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Community Outreach Program

The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Community Outreach Program promotes deeper understanding among members of the Japanese American community of their rich and diverse heritage. Non-profit organizations are invited to apply for funding to co-sponsor exhibits and public seminars on subjects of broad interest dealing with Japan that will engage the community to learn more about their heritage. Applications for funding of up to $3,000 are currently accepted. The application deadline is December 6, 2013.View past awardees.

Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowship

Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowship is for an emerging academic leader who works on cutting-edge research projects. The Fellow will be expected to teach one class, as well as participate in other Center programs such as the colloquium series and workshops. Applications will be available in mid-January; the deadline will be late February.

Dr. Jonathan Glade will serve as the Terasaki Postdoctoral fellow for the '13-'14 academic year and teach one course in Winter Quarter 2014.

Applications for the 2012-2013 position will be accepted between December 1 and March 1. For more details and applications please check here.

Paul I. Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations

The Paul I. Terasaki Endowed Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations is devoted to a distinguished teaching program designed to bring experts in the field of Japanese studies and U.S.-Japan relations to UCLA.

The Chairholder will be appointed on a rotating basis from among various specializations within Japanese studies, including history, literature, philosophy, sociology, international relations, economics, political science, geography, selected professional schools and the humanities. The Chairholder is to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in the various fields which comprise Japanese Studies at UCLA, to give at least one public lecture per year on U.S.-Japan relations and to publish at least one scholarly article per year on the subject.

The minimum criteria for the holder of the Chair will be a Ph.D. or equivalent in specified fields, a minimum of three years of tenure at a major educational institution and a history of publication in major academic journals. Such criteria may be waived for extraordinary candidates at the discretion of the Selection Committee which will be appointed by the ISOP Vice Provost and which will be comprised of the Director of the Center for Japanese Studies, the ISOP Vice Provost, and a selected faculty from the field of Japanese Studies or U.S.-Japan Relations.

Upon relinquishment of the Chair, the holder will be entitled to refer to himself or herself as the Terasaki Professor, appending dates of incumbency.

The past Terasaki Professors include Stefan Tanaka, UC San Diego, Daniel Foote, law professor at the University of Tokyo, Shigeru Nakayama, Chair Emeritus, Thomas Rimer, Chair Emeritus, Ronald Morse, currently a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Akimasa Mitsuta, former Executive Director of the Japan Foundation and currently President of the Confucius Institute at Obirin University, and Sam Jameson, former Los Angeles Times Bureau Chief in Tokyo.

Applications are currently being accepted for 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017.