search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - BRUCE BATTEN

DF (1984)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
J. F. Oberlin University
Vice President for International Affairs Ĺ亴ʹάô, Professor
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
Tokiwa-machi Į 3758
Address 2 (optional)
Machida-shi ĮĻ
Zip Code
*Survey URL
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: History

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I am in charge of international relations at my university. I also teach Japanese history, and conduct research on premodern Japanese foreign relations and environmental history. URL:

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (University of Oregon, Stanford University)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1989
Field: History
University: Stanford University

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: It provided me with the opportunity to spend enough time in Japan (Kyushu University) to complete all of the research I needed to write my dissertation. Without the fellowship I might have been able to complete my doctorate, but the quality of the dissertation would have been much lower, and my subsequent career might have followed a different path. So I think that receipt of the dissertation fellowship had a very strong, even crucial, impact on my professional development.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: Many younger people would probably like you to create a Facebook page for former fellows, although I myself would not participate. If there were a blog for former fellows, I would probably read that. Another idea would be get-togethers or receptions held in conjunction with other academic meetings, such as the annual Association for Asian Studies conference.