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Newsletter '09-'10

Newsletter '09-'10

The 2009-2010 newsletter features profiles of Terasaki Chair Daniel Foote and Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow Mayumi Manabe.

Greetings from the Director,

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the new academic year. The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies is set for a busy, exciting year. Indeed, we managed to get started even before the start of classes. On September 11-12, with support from the Terasaki Center and the UCLA International Institute, I hosted a 30-person Workshop on Japan’s Post-Bubble Political Economy. The Workshop took place less than two weeks after Japan’s historic general election, in which the ruling party was swept from power after more than 50 years on top. We began the meeting with a lively roundtable about the causes and expected consequences of the change in government before turning to the presentation of a dozen excellent papers spanning everything from local politics to international relations.

We have two more research workshops on the docket this year, led by Professors Shoichi Iwasaki and Torquil Duthie, respectively, as well as a graduate student symposium in mid-October. And, as always, we are assembling a full slate of colloquia. We include in these pages the schedule as it stands now, but I invite you to keep tabs on the Center website for updates, especially for Winter and Spring quarters.

We were very honored in 2008-09 to have Professor Shigeru Nakayama as the Terasaki Chair for U.S.-Japan Relations. We are thrilled this year to have Professor Daniel Foote, from the University of Tokyo Law School as the Chair holder. Professor Foote is already teaching a course in the UCLA School of Law, and will offer a senior seminar on “Politics and Justice in Japan” in the Political Science Department during Winter Quarter.

Professor Aaron Moore has returned to Arizona State University after a very successful year as the first-ever Terasaki Postdoctoral Scholar. Our second Terasaki Postdoc is Mayumi Manabe, a scholar of Japanese literature. She will teach a course in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures in the Spring. CJS Staffer Lorena Olvera has interviewed both professors Foote and Manabe, and summaries of those conversations are included in this Newsletter. Welcome to Dan and Mayumi!

You will also see in the Newsletter an announcement of a major new acquisition by the UCLA Library, the Prange Collection, that we at the Center were privileged to support. We have used the Terasaki Program Support Fund to invest in special storage cabinets and a dedicated microform reader, and we created a Visiting Researcher Grant Program to entice scholars to come to UCLA to take advantage of the Collection and contribute to the Japanese Studies community here. We are very grateful to everyone at the library who worked to make this happen, and I would particularly like to single out History Professor William Marotti and Japanese Studies Librarian Ms. Toshie Marra for their efforts in making the case to acquire the Prange Collection.

As we all know, the UC system is in the midst of an unprecedented fiscal crisis. State support for the university has been slashed, and deeper cuts are expected over the next several years. Accordingly, UCLA support for research centers such as ours is likely to decline dramatically. We are more grateful than ever for the generous support of our donors, without whom our commitments to graduate student and faculty research, to public colloquia and community outreach, and to a broad-based approach to Japanese Studies would quickly become unsustainable.
On behalf of the Faculty and Staff of the Terasaki Center, I wish you a healthy, prosperous academic year.

Michael F. Thies, Director

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