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How to Help Japan: a Message from the Terasaki Center Director

Professor Hitoshi Abe, who was born and raised in Sendai, and Terasaki Center staff members have prepared a list of organizations that they believe can be most effective in getting aid from overseas to the people most affected by Japan's unprecedented crisis.


UCLA Students, Faculty Accounted for in Japan; Terasaki Director Abe Discusses Quake Response

Nine UCLA students studying in the Tokyo area with UC’s Education Abroad Program have been located and are safe, while an estimated 20 graduate students affiliated with the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies were far from the worst damage.


First Notehelfer Prize Awarded

The Notehelfer Prize seeks to recognize the best unpublished paper written by a UCLA graduate student in the field of Japan studies. Emi Foulk, second year graduate student in the history department, was awarded the first prize.


Graduate Fellowship, Scholars Honor Memory of Hans H. Baerwald

As the Center inaugurates the Hans H. Baerwald Graduate Fellowship in Japanese Studies, a veteran journalist and former UCLA Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan relations delivers a keynote on tensions in the alliance between the countries.


US-Japan Relations Chair Studies Impact of Digital Media

Stefan Tanaka, a professor of history at UC San Diego, joins UCLA this year as the seventh Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations.


Terasaki Postdoc Investigates Breakdown of Democracy

Hiroyuki Yamamoto joins UCLA this academic year as the third Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow.


Local Efforts Key to Nuclear Disarmament

Commemorating the atomic bombings on Japan in 1945 and joining in the call for a world without nuclear weapons were, on Wednesday in Haines Hall, a local grandmother who survived the Hiroshima attack, a Japanese-born artist, a UCLA anthropologist and, by Internet link, local officials from Hiroshima and Manchester, UK, who lead international anti-nuclear organizations.


UCLA to Participate in Global Symposium on Bombing of Hiroshima

To take place on campus as well as on the Internet, an hourlong event on Wednesday, August 4, will mark the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and connect UCLA with participants in Japan, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom.


In Memoriam: Hans H. Baerwald

Hans H. Baerwald, UCLA professor emeritus and an internationally known scholar of Japanese politics, died at his home in Pope Valley, Calif., on June 2 at the age of 82. He directed the UCLA Japan Research and Exchange Program, the predecessor of the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, from the late 1970s until his retirement in 1990.


Toshie Marra named Librarian of the Year

Toshie Marra, a librarian in the UCLA Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, has been named the 2010 Librarian of the Year by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles.


'Atomic Mom' Filmmaker Reveals Secret Stories of the Bomb

At a symposium on the anti-nuclear weapons movement, director M.T. Silvia screens and discusses a new film about her mother's role at a Nevada testing site and the story of a Hiroshima survivor; and Steve Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, urges action by nonproliferation treaty signatories on disarmament.


A Wrong Finally Made Right

Bob Naka was a sophomore at UCLA when he was forced to leave campus in 1942 to move with his Japanese American family to the Manzanar Relocation Center. He never returned to UCLA. In May, Naka will be back on campus to receive an honorary degree, along with others whose education was also unfairly disrupted at the start of World War II.


New Voters Swung Japanese Election

Political Scientist Takeshi Iida investigates shifts in voter attitudes and participation behind the 2009 election result that brought the Democratic Party of Japan to power for the first time.


Zen and the Beholder

Shoji Yamada, professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, takes a closer look at Japan, Zen and the West.


UC Searches for Interned Japanese-American Students to Receive Honorary Degrees

About 700 UC students withdrew from school in 1942 when they and approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were sent to internment camps. UCLA will award honorary degrees this spring.


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