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Victoria Lyon Bestor

VICTORIA LYON BESTOR has spent her career working in educational and nonprofit administration and doing research on Japan.  She retired after nearly 18 years as executive director of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) in June 2017.  Prior to that she held administrative positions at Cornell University, was associate director of the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University from 1987-93, and began her administrative career at Japan Society of New York.

She is co-editor of Doing Fieldwork in Japan, University of Hawai’i Press, 2003, and The Routledge Handbook on Japanese Culture and Society, 2011.  Vickey was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Doshisha University in Kyoto in 1997-98 studying the role of Rockefeller philanthropy in the evolution of postwar Japanese civil society and has published several articles on the subject.

In retirement she continues research as an Associate in Research at Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, serves on the board of the American Friends of International House of Japan, and is a member of the advisory council of the ASIANetwork.  She loves her garden, and spends as much time as possible with her family Ted and Nick, Lorenzo and Simone. 



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Eric Gangloff

ERIC GANGLOFF attended The University of Chicago where he received a BA in Japanese in 1965 and PhD in Japanese Literature in 1973. His dissertation focused on the drama of Kinoshita Junji in its social and political context. He published a translation of Kinoshita’s 1970 two-part drama Kami to Hito to no Aida as Between God and Man: A Judgment on War Crimes in 1979.

Gangloff began his academic career as Lecturer, then Assistant Professor at The University of Chicago and later as Associate Professor of Japanese at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He resigned tenure in 1985 and entered US federal service at the Japan-United States Friendship Commission in Washington, DC, an independent federal agency providing grants in support of Japanese studies in the United States and people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the US.

Gangloff was first stationed in the Commission office in Tokyo, which he directed until 1988, when he returned to the main office in Washington. In 1991 he was appointed Executive Director of the Commission and served in that position until his retirement in 2011. Throughout his career at the Commission, Gangloff was concerned foremost with the support of Japanese studies at US universities. Among his primary concerns was the support of Japanese language education and training for Americans, primarily at the university level, and the support of Japanese library collections at US universities – their maintenance, growth and, increasingly, their coordination and collaboration.

Gangloff currently lives at his home in southern Maryland, where he lives with his husband and horses, plus goats, dogs and cats. He maintains an active interest in Japan-US relations and exchanges.



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Amy V. Heinrich

AMY VLADECK HEINRICH received her PhD in Japanese Literature in 1980 from Columbia University, under the guidance of Professor Donald Keene. Following his advice, when researching her dissertation on the poetry of Saitō Mokichi she became a member of the poetry group in Tokyo, Uchūfū, and attended meetings for many years. Her major publications include, as author, Fragments of Rainbows: the Life and Poetry of Saitō Mokichi, 1882-1953 (Columbia University Press, 1983); as editor, Currents in Japanese Culture: Translations and Transformations (Columbia University Press, 1997); as translator with introduction, Memoir of the Forgetting-the-Capital Flower, by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō (Yushodo and Columbia University Press, 2010). She also served as a member on the American Advisory Committee of the Japan Society, as acting Director of the Japan-US Friendship Commission, and as a member of CULCON, as well as on various committees at Columbia University. She retired in 2009 after twenty years as Director of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University



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Yasuko Makino

YASUKO MAKINO (牧野泰子) was born in Tokyo in 1937 and received a BA in Psychology from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. In 1964, Makino moved to the United States and acquired an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and an MLS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was Japanese Cataloger at the East Asian Library there, from 1972 to 1977, and later worked as Coordinator of Technical Services and Japanese Bibliographer at the Asian Library and Associate Professor at the Center for East Asia and Pacific Studies from 1981 to 1991.  From 1991 to 1992, Makino was Japanese Cataloger at C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University, and she served as Japanese Studies Librarian there from 1992 to 1998. She was Japanese Bibliographer and Cataloger at the East Asian Library of Princeton University from 1998 until 2012 when she retired. From 2012, she has been Japanese Bibliographer and Cataloger, Emeritus. Her major publications include: Japan through Children’s Literature: A Critical Bibliography (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985) and  A Student Guide to Japanese Sources in the Humanities with Masaei Saito (Michigan papers in Japanese Studies Series, no.24; Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1994), among others.



Yasuko Makino Resumé

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Illustrated Interview with Yasuko Makino

Related Works and References:


  1. (1987) "East Asian Art Materials: Toward Solving Problems of Collection Development and Management"
  2. (1988) "An Evaluation of East Asian Collections in Selected Academic Art Libraries in the US"
  3. (1989) "Japanese Studies Librarians' Tour of Libraries in Japan"
  4. (1989) "Japanese Studies Librarians' Tour of Libraries in Japan: Reports of the Individual Institutions Visited"
  5. (1996) "Future Prospects: How to Meet Research and Information Needs"


  1. (1976) アメリカにおける大学図書館員の身分と地位 (America ni Okeru Daigaku Toshokan-in no Mibun to Chii)
  2. (1980) 図書館の相互協力体制 (Toshokan no Sōgokyoryoku-Taisei)
  3. 図書館の相互協力体制 (Toshokan no Sōgokyoryoku-Taisei)
  4. (1981) アメリカにおける婦人司書の差別 (America ni Okeru Fujinshisho no Sabetsu)
  5. (1984) アメリカにおける大学図書館員の専門職化運動の行方 (America ni Okeru Daigaku Toshokan-in no Senmonshokuka-Undō no Yukue)
  6. (1997) アメリカにおける日本語資料の相互援助 (America ni Okeru Nihongo-Shiryō no Sōgo-Enjo)
  7. (2015) アメリカ図書館界に足跡を残した思い出の人々 (America Toshokan-kai ni Sokuseki wo Nokoshita Omoide no Hitobito)

Naomi Fukuda (1907-2007)

NAOMI FUKUDA (1907 - 2007) was born in Japan in 1907. She graduated from Tokyo Women’s Christian College in 1929 with a major in English language. Fukuda assisted Robert Reischauer (brother of Edwin O. Reischauer) with his research, and in 1936, with Reischauer’s help, she obtained a Barbour Scholarship to study at the University of Michigan. She received a BA with Distinction in History from the University of Michigan in 1938 and later both a BA and MA in Library Science. In 1940, Fukuda returned to Japan to work at several university libraries before joining the Research Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1943. In 1948, she worked as Librarian for the GHQ Allied Occupation and acted as interpreter to Robert Downs, Special Consultant on the National Diet Library. From 1953, Fukuda was Librarian at the International House of Japan (I-House). She published surveys, bibliographies, and guides and was generally instrumental in building the field of Japan Studies Librarianship in both Japan and the US. She retired from I-House in 1970 and went on to work at the University of Michigan. In 1982, she received an Award for Special Contribution at the 90th Anniversary of the Japan Library Association, and in 1984, the Japanese Government conferred on her the Order of the Precious Crown, Wisteria. Fukuda died in 2007 in Hawaii.



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Remembrances by Others (from Journal of East Asian Libraries, No. 145, June 2008):

  1. "Bibliography of Publications of Ms. Naomi Fukuda" (Yasuko Makino - Compiler)
  2. "Chronological Biography of Naomi Fukuda" (Izumi Koide - Compiler, Shibusawa Ei'ichi Memorial Foundation)
  3. "Eulogy of Ms. Naomi Fukuda" (Yasuko Makino)
  4. "Dear Miss Fukuda" (Yuki Ishimatsu, University of California Berkeley)
  5. "Farewell, Miss Fukuda: A Tribute to a Great Librarian" (Eiji Yutani)
  6. "Following the Road Paved by Naomi Fukuda" (Izumi Koide, Shibusawa Ei'ichi Memorial Foundation)
  7. "My Recollections of Ms. Naomi Fukuda" (Tsuneharu Gonnami, University of British Columbia)
  8. "Naomi Fukuda (1907-2007)" (Miwa Kai, Columbia University)
  9. "Naomi Fukuda at Michigan" (Weiying Wan, University of Michigan)
  10. "Remembering Naomi Fukuda" (Azusa Tanaka, National Diet Library)

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