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Government of Japan honors two Jackson School professors

January 24, 2018

Japan Consul Yamada and Professors Marie Anchordoguy and Donald Hellmann with the Japan Consul in Seattle
Japan Consul Yoichiro Yamada in Seattle (left) awards Jackson School Professors Marie Anchordoguy and Donald Hellmann with commendation for their contribution to the study of Japan. Photo credit: Japan Consulate, Seattle. January 19, 2018

Two Japan experts from the Jackson School each received a Japan Consul-General’s Award of Commendation during an official ceremony on January 19 at Seattle’s Japan Consul. The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle confers the Consul General’s Award to individuals and organizations who have made distinguished contributions to Japan-U.S. relations and is presented at the New Year’s Reception each year.

Consul General Yoichiro Yamada in his statement on the awards, recognized the length and depth of service of Professors Marie Anchordoguy and Emeritus Donald C. Hellmann:

Marie Anchordoguy“During her academic career, Professor Marie Anchordoguy has contributed significantly to furthering Japan Studies in the Unites States. Her work on Japanese business and technology, and Japan’s political economy has been recognized at home and abroad by awards and grants from major institutions such as the Social Science Research Council, the Japan Foundation, the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, and the National Science Foundation. For 10 years she served as co-editor for the Journal of Japanese Studies, and has twice served as Chair of the Japan Studies Program at the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She has traveled extensively to Japan and across the U.S. to share her knowledge at lectures and conferences, and twice been a visiting scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.

In addition to the many academic articles and edited journals, Professor Anchordoguy’s published works include “Computers Inc.: Japan’s Challenge to IBM” and “Reprogramming Japan: The High Tech Crisis Under Communitarian Capitalism”, which has been translated into Japanese. Outside of academia, Professor Anchordoguy has served as a consultant for the U.S. government, various technology corporations, and as an expert witness in various legal cases. It is for these contributions to furthering the field of Japan Studies, and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States that we recognize Dr. Marie Anchordoguy today with the Consul General’s commendation.”

Donald C. HallmannProfessor Emeritus Donald Hellmann began studying Japan politics and foreign policy nearly 50 years ago, and has since made major contribution to his fields of research. In addition to many articles and books, three of which have been translated and published in Japan, he has dedicated his time to organizing international conferences and consortiums, bringing academics and government officials together from across the Asia Pacific region to form cooperative research partnerships, and planning practical initiatives regarding technology, development, and regional policy. His expertise has been sought out by policy-makers in Washington D.C., and his work has been recognized by major research institutions and organizations at home and abroad, including, the Council on Foreign Relations, Fulbright Commission, MacArthur Foundation and the APEC Education Foundation.

In the early 1970s, as chair of the Japan Studies Program, Professor Hellmann helped secure significant funding from the Tanaka Grant, offered by then Prime Minister Kakue Tanaka. Other of his many activities on supporting understanding of Japan’s role in the world include support from the Rockefeller Family, NHK (TV), Cambridge University, the American Enterprise Institute and governments from China, the Soviet Union and nearly all non-communist governments in East Asia. His former students now teach at universities across Asia, and continue his legacy of furthering international cooperation and understanding. It is for these contributions to furthering Japan Studies in the U.S. and promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Japan, that we recognize Dr. Donald Hellmann today with the Consul General’s commendation.”