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In Memoriam: Ronald Dore (1925-2018)

With great sadness, the Reischauer Institute notes the passing of Ronald Dore, the eminent British sociologist of Japan. Professor Dore’s research and writing on Japanese society, culture, and economy profoundly shaped inquiries into Japan’s postwar social transformation and institutions and made a lasting impact on subsequent generations of area studies scholars.

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Professor Mark Ramseyer to receive Order of the Rising Sun decoration

Professor J. Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at the Harvard Law School, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the Japanese government. One of the oldest and highest national decorations, this award recognizes his extensive contributions to the development of Japanese studies in the U.S. and the promotion of understanding toward Japanese society and culture.

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Harvard Art Museums Curator Rachel Saunders on "The Mysteries of Prince Shotoku"

Rachel Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art, is curating an upcoming exhibition on the sculpture Prince Shōtoku at Age Two and related objects, titled Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within (May 25–August 11, 2019). First acquired by Ellery Sedgwick in 1936, this sculpture will soon be gifted to the Harvard Art Museums in his memory.

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Professor Helen Hardacre awarded Order of the Rising Sun decoration

Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, was conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, from the Japanese government. One of the oldest and highest national decorations, this award recognizes her extensive contributions to the development of Japanese studies in the U.S. and the promotion of understanding toward Japanese society and culture.

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RIJS faculty Professor Jay Rubin featured in the Asahi Shimbun and the Japan Times for his translated noh play, “A Reflection of Noh: The Feather Mantle”

Jay Rubin, Takashima Research Professor of Japanese Humanities, teamed up with Kazufusa Hosho, the current head of the Hosho Noh School, and novelist Seiko Ito to present "Mizukagami of Noh: Hagoromo" ("A Reflection of Noh: The Feather Mantle"). Supported by the Tokyo Arts Council, this project aims to emphasize the essence of noh’s original texts.

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