On January 19, 2018, the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle recognized two professors from the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies for their contributions to Japan-US relations, and for furthering Japan Studies in the United States. In a ceremony held during the New Year’s Reception at the Official Residence, they were each awarded the Consul General’s Commendation. The recipients are as follows (in alphabetical order):
1. Prof. Marie Anchordoguy
During her academic career, Professor Marie Anchordoguy’s work on Japanese business and technology, and Japan’s political economy has been recognized at home and abroad with awards and grants from major institutions. 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 UW Jackson School. 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. She is currently doing research on Japan’s ecosystem for high tech start-up companies. Through her work, Professor Anchordoguy continues to contribute to furthering the field of Japan Studies, and promote mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.
2. Prof. Donald Hellmann
Professor Hellmann began studying Japanese politics and foreign policy nearly 50 years ago, and has since made major contributions to his fields of research. He has dedicated his time to bringing academics and government officials together from across the Asia Pacific region to form cooperative research partnerships. Over the years Professor Hellmann’s 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. In the early 1970s, as chair of the Japan Studies Program, he helped secure significant funding from the Tanaka Grant, offered by then Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. Professor Hellmann has also served as Chair of both the China Studies Program and the Department of Political Science, and as Director of the Institute for International Policy.
The Consul General’s Commendation is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in and contributions to the promotion of good relations between Japan and the United States.