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[The Japan Foundation Awards 2013 Commemorative Lecture]
Toward an Asian-Pacific Community


Every year since 1973, the Japan Foundation has presented the Japan Foundation Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting international mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through academic, artistic and other cultural pursuits. This year, the Commemorative Lecture by Professor Iriye Akira of Harvard University, one of the recipients of this award will be held at the International House of Japan.

  • Lecturer: Iriye Akira (Professor Emeritus, Harvard University)
  • Date: Monday, October 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: Free (reservations required, seating capacity: 160)
  • Language: English/Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Organized by the Japan Foundation
  • Co-organized by the International House of Japan
  • Registration: Please register from the Secretariat of the Japan Foundation Award’s website: https://comm.stage.ac/sk_kikinsho/index.html
  • Registration deadline: October 21
  • *This lecture has finished.

Iriye Akira

Photo: Iriye Akira

Born in 1934, Iriye Akira moved to the U.S. in 1953 on scholarship from the Grew Bancroft Foundation after graduating from Seikei Senior High School. Iriye graduated from Haverford College in 1957 and received a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University Graduate School in 1961. He majored in American Diplomatic History. As a U.S.-based Japanese historian, Iriye has made significant contributions to his field over a long period of time. Iriye’s approach is characterized by an emphasis on idealogical and cultural impact and he has proposed international history research that incorporates a multinational perspective that goes beyond research on the diplomatic history of one country and two-way interactions. Iriye is recognized as “one of the people who changed the way we view the diplomatic history of America.” Iriye became the first Japanese citizen to serve as President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and as President of the American Historical Association and made a significant contribution as a pioneer in Japan-U.S. exchange.