The Foreign Minister's Commendation is bestowed annually on outstanding organizations and individuals whose work in international fields has significantly promoted friendship between Japan and other countries.
ArcDR³ (Architecture and Urban Design for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience) is a global initiative that has invited 11 major universities from regions with recurring risks of natural disasters to participate by engaging in a collaborative research studio that pursues new strategies for risk-resilient environments across the Pacific Rim.
Associate professor of gender studies and history at UCLA, Traweek is a science and technology studies expert whose ethnographic, archival and theoretical work examines the cultural life of science and is informed by feminist epistemology. She is an associated faculty member of the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.
The MOU envisages cooperative and collaborative activities between JAL and the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, including visits and informal exchanges of faculty, scholars, administrators and students.
Miki Dezaki's directorial debut, “Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue,” addresses the highly contentious debate in Japan and South Korea about comfort women during World War II.
Speaking at the UCLA Terasaki Center on October 15, Daniel Smith argued that persistent democratic “dynasties” in democracies such as Japan affect candidate selection, elections and even cabinet promotion.