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Terasaki Center lands $450,000 in funding from Japan Foundation
Professor Hitoshi Abe, director of the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, addresses guests at the center's 20th anniversary dinner, held in May 2012

Terasaki Center lands $450,000 in funding from Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation, an organization that specializes in international cultural exchange in Japan, has announced $450,000 in funding to support UCLA's Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies’ teaching, research and outreach efforts.

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“Our initiative represents a significant expansion of Japan studies at UCLA at a crucial transitional moment when the university is engaged in a thoroughgoing review of its academic programs,”

This support, which will be distributed over four years, will help the Terasaki Center in its efforts to position UCLA as an international leader in research and instruction in modern and contemporary Japanese studies, says Professor Hitoshi Abe, director of the Terasaki Center.

“Our initiative represents a significant expansion of Japan studies at UCLA at a crucial transitional moment when the university is engaged in a thoroughgoing review of its academic programs,” said Abe. “With the enthusiastic support and commitment of Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh, our project mobilizes support from multiple segments of the university — including the Division of Social Sciences, the Division of Humanities, the International Institute, the UCLA Library, the School of Theater, Film, and Television, and the Asia Institute — to recommit a wide array of resources and attention to the study of contemporary Japan. The project will ensure that UCLA expands its role as a vital center for research, training and scholarly exchange relating to Japan”

Specifically, the center will use this funding to hire two new permanent faculty members in Japanese studies, cover expenses for an annual global forum on Japan, enhance the East Asian Library’s Collection of modern and contemporary Japanese history and culture materials, and extend the activities of the Japanese Arts and Globalizations research group, established in 2007 by a group of Japan-focused faculty from the UC system.  In addition, the grant will support the New Visions of Japan Film Series, which showcases recent and important Japanese cinema.

Founded in 1991, the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies is dedicated to training the next generation of scholars on Japan, supporting faculty research with a focus on Japan and bringing a broader understanding of this island nation to UCLA and the city of Los Angeles.