search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - GERRY YOKOTA

DF (1986)

Fellow Information:
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Middle Name
Last Name
Osaka University
Contact Address:
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Address 1
1-8 Machikaneyama-cho
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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: Literature

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

Answer: I joined the faculty of Osaka University in 1989, received my PhD from Princeton University in 1992, and was promoted to full professor at Osaka University in 2001. I am currently the Principal Investigator of a JSPS Project (Kiban B) called Rhetorical Literacy, working with a team of four researchers, two Japanese scholars of English literature and two American scholars of Japanese literature, looking at metaphors in translation .from the perspective of rhetoric and cognitive linguistics. I am also an affiliate of my university's Global Collaboration Center (GLOCOL) serving on the Diaspora Research Project team, where I am looking especially at literature of the Asian diaspora.

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

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

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: 1992
Field: Literature
University: Princeton University

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

Answer: It enabled me to conduct research for my doctoral dissertation and also led to my employment as a tenured professor at the host institution.

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: The Inter-University Center has recently established a system of having a Class Agent for each year to help keep their database up-to-date and facilitate networking. This seems like a very good idea to me, better than just having a site like LinkedIn or Facebook.