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Japanese Studies Multimedia History Project: In Memoriam

Naomi Fukuda


NAOMI FUKUDA 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... (Read More)

Yasuko Makino


YASUKO MAKINO was born in Tokyo in 1937 and received a B.A. in psychology from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. In 1964, Makino moved to the United States and acquired an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and an M.L.S. 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... (Read More)

Donald Keene


DONALD LAWRENCE KEENE was born in New York on June 18, 1922. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1942, where he first encountered Japanese literature in translation. He studied Japanese language at the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School in Colorado and served as an intelligence officer and Navy interpreter in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to Columbia after... (Read More)

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