Chair's Greetings — Spring 2014

CJS Chair Steven Vogel

CJS Chair
Steven Vogel

Dear Friends of CJS:

This semester we begin to implement our initiative for enhancing the training of the next generation of Japan specialists at Berkeley, with support from a Japan Foundation Institutional Program Support Grant. Andrew Barshay will offer a new interdisciplinary proseminar in Japanese studies; we will provide three fellowships for incoming graduate students; and we will hold a graduate student conference on May 2. Meanwhile, Dan O'Neill, Bob Cole, and I are beginning to plan our one-week field research training trips to Japan for Berkeley graduate students.

We have many enticing programs lined up this spring. Yuichi Hosoya of Keio University will get us started on January 28 with a discussion of Japanese perspectives on East Asian security. Tomoko Steen of Georgetown University will discuss the biological effects of radiation in Japan on January 30, Haruo Shirane of Columbia will speak on "Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons" on February 6, and Andrew Watsky of Princeton will present his research on sixteenth-century ceramics and tea culture on February 11. Dana Buntrock is organizing a conference on March 8 with our partners from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) on new approaches in architecture and engineering to respond to the forces of nature. Jun Ishikawa of Shizuoka University is coordinating a conference on disability rights issues in the United States and Japan on March 14, and Dan O'Neill is organizing a conference on the representation of 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake in film and literature on April 4 and 5. Amy Borovoy will visit to discuss her ongoing research on U.S. postwar studies of Japan society on April 10. Dominick Scarangello, our Shinjo Ito Post-Doctoral Fellow, will be presenting his work at a colloquium on April 16.

We are delighted to welcome three new visiting scholars this semester: Chiyuki Kumakura, an independent scholar and writer and Nobutaka Fukuda from Aoyama Gakuin University.

We invite you to become a part of our efforts to promote the further development of Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley. There are many ways to participate, and all levels of contribution are welcome. A few examples of how you can support this important institute and ensure its longevity include: Donations to the Center's Endowment; Gifts for Endowed Chairs and Professorships; and Naming Opportunities for Student Fellowships. Please feel free to contact CJS if you wish to make a donation.

I look forward to seeing you at some of the many events we will host this spring and beyond.

Steven Vogel