The Japan Foundation Award (2010)

The Japan Foundation Award for Arts and Culture

Tadao Sato

Tadao Sato [Japan]

Film Critic

Tadao Sato, Japan's leading film critic and pioneer in the field of Asian film studies, has served as a judge for numerous international film festivals, including the Moscow International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Asia-Pacific Film Festival. His film-related activities have contributed enormously to international cultural exchange, particularly by means of highlighting to film-viewers in Japan and around the world outstanding Asian films that have not garnered much attention. His numerous publications include Watashi wa naze ajia no eiga wo mitsuzukeru ka [Why do I Keep Watching Asian Films?], Chugoku eiga no 100 nen [100 Years of Chinese Films], and Eiga kara mietekuru ajia [Glimpsing Asia Through Film]. He also serves as the president of Japan Academy of Moving Images.

The Japan Foundation Award for Japanese Language

Savitri Vishwanathan

Savitri Vishwanathan [India]

Former Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Delhi

As a teacher and researcher of Japanese language, history, and politics at the University of Delhi, where she headed the Department of Chinese and Japanese Studies, Dr. Vishwanathan has made an immense contribution to the development and promotion of Japanese language education and Japanese studies-both through her academic work and nurturing of next-generation scholars. She has assisted the prime ministers and foreign ministers of India in their official talks with their counterparts in Japan, and was a member of the Japan-India Eminent Person's Group (2000-2002). Her numerous publications include a translation of Shimazaki Toson's novel Hakai into Hindi (Avagna) and into Tamil (Dalit padumpadu). The Japanese government awarded her the Prime Minister's prize in 1967 and the Order of the Precious Crown, Wistaria in 1982.

The Japan Foundation Award for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

Ben-Ami Shillony

Ben-Ami Shillony [Israel]

Professor Emeritus of Japanese Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The leading Japanese historian Ben-Ami Shillony is Professor Emeritus of East Asian history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has also taught and conducted research at such institutions as Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Tokyo. He has made an immense contribution to the development of Japanese studies and to the promotion of intellectual exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and Israel and other nations. Born in Poland, he immigrated to Israel in 1948, where he has served as chairman of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His numerous publications include Haha naru tenno [The Emperor as a Mother Figure] and The Jews and the Japanese: The Successful Outsiders. In 2000, he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star.

Commemorative Lectures

Lecture by Mr. Tadao Sato (Japan) “ Encountering the World through Cinema ”
Date & Time: November 2 (Tue.) 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (venue opens from 6:00 p.m.)
Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
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*Simultaneous translation provided in English and Japanese
Organized by the Japan Foundation
in cooperation with the International House of Japan.

Lecture by Dr.Savitri Vishwanathan (India) “ India-Japan: Changing Perceptions”
Date & Time: October 29 (Fri) 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (venue opens from 12:30 p.m.)
Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
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*Simultaneous translation provided in English and Japanese
Organized by the Japan Foundation
in cooperation with the International House of Japan.
India-Japan : Changing Perceptions

"Linguistic hurdles do exist in the mutual understanding of Indians and Japanese.
Efforts are being made to motivate more and more Indians to learn Japanese language for smoother communication".. India never had a trust-deficit with Japan."

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Lecture by Professor Ben-Ami Shillony (Israel)
“ Japan and I: New Prospects on Japanese Studies ”

Date & Time: October 28 (Thurs.) 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (venue opens from 12:30 p.m.)
Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
Access(Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall)
*Simultaneous translation provided in English and Japanese
Organized by the Japan Foundation and the International House of Japan
Japan and I : A Personal View of Japanese Studies

"There is a question that we, foreigners in Japanese studies, are always asked, which is: Why did you choose Japan as your field of specialization?..... while the first contact might have been accidental, once we entered this field we found it stimulating, meaningful and rewarding."
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