UW Japan Studies Program

Program Highlights

Daniel Foote Returns to UW School of Law

In October 2014, Daniel H. Foote began a joint appointment as professor of law at both the University of Tokyo and the University of Washington. He taught in the UW School of Law for 12 years before moving to Tokyo in 2000, and Japan Studies is excited to welcome him back to the UW campus.

Professor Foote also presented the Japan Studies Program’s annual Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture on December 3. The title of his talk was “Japan’s New ‘Jury’ System: A Five-Year Progress Report.” This annual event was endowed in 2006 through the generosity of friends and family of this Seattle couple, as well as the larger community.    See video

During his previous tenure at UW, Foote was the Dan Fenno Henderson Professor of East Asian Legal Studies, and he will hold that title again. In autumn quarter 2014, he is teaching courses on Japanese Law and on International Contract Negotiation, and in winter quarter 2015 he will teach a course titled Criminal Procedure: Adjudication. He will teach at the University of Tokyo during summer semester (April through July). Foote will also be codirector of the UW’s Asian Law Center.

Donald Hellmann Lecture

In a special evening lecture for Japan Studies, Professor Don Hellmann presented a talk titled “The World in Transition: Asia and the Twilight of America’s Century” on October 13. Professor Hellmann’s career at the University of Washington has spanned nearly five decades. He has advised hundreds of graduate students in their masters and doctoral work; instructed thousands of UW undergraduate students on topics of Japanese government, politics, and foreign policy; and was instrumental in creation of the Task Force capstone course requiring majors in International Studies to address real-world problems for evaluation by foreign policy practitioners. His published works comprise a reading library extensive enough to intimidate the most ambitious graduate student. In recognition of his many, many contributions and achievements, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray proclaimed October 13, 2014, as Donald C. Hellmann Day in the City of Seattle.   See video

News from Japanese Studies Librarian

The UW Libraries Japan Collection was awarded a grant from the Allen Endowment for Collections to acquire six rare Japanese Bukan registry titles (20 volumes) dating from the Edo period (1600-1868) as well as a grant from the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources to acquire a rare 30-volume set on historic aspects of Japanese poetry, Kohitsugaku taisei , which explores poetic traditions in calligraphy, paper, and literary themes.

Azusa Tanaka, Japanese Studies Librarian, coauthored an essay titled “Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of Color,” which appeared in Pagowsky & Rigby, eds., The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2014). She has also recently published two articles in Japanese on using the National Diet Library’s collaborative Reference Database and on how Japanese librarians should respond to Digital Humanities.

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