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Marie Anchordoguy, professor, Jackson School, continued to coedit the Journal of Japanese Studies and chaired the Japan Studies Program through September 2014. At the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in Philadelphia in March 2014, she was invited to talk on a panel, “Reviewing Books in a Changing Environment,” as a representative of the Journal of Japanese Studies. She was selected to join an EU-sponsored Economic Development Program to visit rural areas in Italy in July 2014, and was invited to present a paper, “The Political Economy of Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Start-ups in Japan since 2000: Social Norms, and Institutional and Policy Change,” at the European Association for Japanese Studies meeting at Ljubljana University in Slovenia in August 2014.

Paul Atkins, associate professor, Asian Languages and Literature, was recently appointed to the advisory board of Japan Arts Connection Lab. He has recently published “The Word Monosugoshi and Changing Perceptions of Nature in Medieval Japan,” Japanese Language and Literature (October 2013), and the article “The Nō Play Shigehira” as well as an annotated translation with introduction of the play “Shigehira,” in Oyler and Watson, eds., Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of Nō of the Genpei War (Cornell East Asia Program, 2013). In March 2014 he gave talks at a symposium on Fujiwara no Teika at Japan’s Women University in Tokyo and at a workshop on Poetic Teachings in Premodern Japan at Stanford University.

Davinder Bhowmik, associate professor, Asian Languages and Literature, presented her work “Narrative Adaptations of the Myth of the Child Devouring Goddess Kishimojin” at the Association for Japanese Literary Studies (October 2013) and participated in a roundtable on the scholarship of Professor John Whittier at the Association for Asian Studies (March 2014). Her essay “Hayashi Kyoko’s Place in the Representation of Nuclear Power and Weapons” is included in her coedited volume Islands of Resistance: Japanese literature from Okinawa (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015). She was also invited to give a lecture at Furman University titled “Colonial Violence in the Fiction of Medoruma Shun” (February 2014).

Don Hellmann, professor, Jackson School, cotaught a new course in spring quarter 2014, Integrated Science and Policy in the Arctic, which highlighted the Acrtic as an emerging global region and actor on the world stage. His summer trip to the Arctic in Norway was for research on the role of Japan and other Asian nations in Arctic governance.

Justin Jesty, assistant professor, Asian Languages and Literature, published his essay “The Realism Debate and the Politics of Modern Art in Early Postwar Japan” in Japan Forum (2014). He also presented his research at events at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Seattle Art Museum; and the College Art Association in Chicago.

Edward Mack, associate professor, Asian Languages and Literature, returned in March from a year-long stay as a visiting research professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. The 16-volume reproduction of a Japanese textbook series produced in California between 1924 and 1939, which he edited for the publisher Bunsei Shoin, was published in July.

Ken Tadashi Oshima, professor, Architecture, recently became first vice preisdent of the Society of Architectural Historians, and he was promoted to the rank of full professor effective September 2014. His recent publications include Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (coeditor; University of Hawai‘i Press/Hong Kong University Press, 2013).

Robert Pekkanen, professor, Jackson School, is coauthor of Neighborhood Associations and Governance in Japan (Routledge, 2014), which examines Japan’s ubiquitous neighborhood associations, an important feature of the civil society that was the subject of his first book. Pekkanen also coedited a book on U.S. nonprofit advocacy, Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014) and published a half-dozen book chapters and journal articles. He was promoted to the rank of full professor effective September 2014.

Saadia Pekkanen, Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor, Jackson School, is coeditor of the recently published Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014). In the last year, she has presented papers on the future direction of area studies and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC; on the economic-security nexus at the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in Paris; and on her ongoing research at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, as well as at Indiana University, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. She is cochair of the U.S.-Japan Space Forum of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. She continues to administer the Jackson School Ph.D. Program and was also appointed the associate director of the Jackson School.

Ken Pyle, Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies, is completing a book manuscript entitled “Japan in the American World Order.” In November 2013, he gave the UW’s Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture entitled “Hiroshima and the Historians.” The lecture was subsequently published in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly and is available on YouTube and the JSIS Japan Studies website. Reflecting on the anniversary of the Journal of Japanese Studies, of which he is the founding editor, he has written an essay, “The Journal of Japanese Studies at Forty,” for the winter 2015 issue of JJS.

Michio Tsutsui, Donald E. Peterson Professor, Human Centered Design and Engineering, and director of the Technical Japanese Program, coedited a collection of essays in Japanese linguistics, culture studies, second language acquisition, and oral proficiency interview titled Nihongo-kyōiku no atarashii chihei o hiraku (New Horizons in Japanese Language Education; Hitsuji Shobō, 2014), which were drawn from three roundtables he organized with colleagues at Princeton University as part of the 19th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum (2012). He was also editorial supervisor of Keesu-sutadii de manabu Nihongo <Chūkyū> (Intermediate Japanese: Learning Japanese through Case Studies; Japan Times, 2014).

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