search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - MARK HARBISON

DF (1979)

Fellow Information:
First Name
MARK
Middle Name
ALAN
Last Name
HARBISON
Sex
Male
Organization
COLDWELL BANKER ISLAND PROPERTIES
Title
BROKER
Contact Address:
Address Type
Home
Address 1
380 KUALONO PLACE
Address 2 (optional)
 
City
WAILEA
State
HI
Zip Code
96753
Country
United States
Telephone
866-874-1942
Email
info@realestatemauihawaii.com
*Survey URL
http://www.jfny.org/fellowship_survey/survey.php?id=3509&sid=26d615dec12c548dcc9a2e009a9d9bf1
Questions:
1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: C. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies personally, but not at an institution or organization.

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 am employed as a broker, selling property in the resort communities of Maui, Hawaii. At the same time, I am Assistant District Governor of Rotary District 5000, where one of my responsibilities is Chair of Rotary Friendship Exchanges with District 2650 Japan (Kyoto, Nara, Shiga.

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

Answer: A. I learned it at a university. (University of Tokyo)

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

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: NO

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

Answer: I completed a total of three years of doctoral dissertation research at the University of Tokyo (Kokubungaku-bu), and competed all doctoral requirements except dissertation at Stanford University Department of Asian Languages. Subsequently, I worked at Kodansha International as a translator and editor, and later at UBS Securities Tokyo, W.I. Carr Tokyo, and Smith New Court Securtities Tokyo. I currently hold a Certified International Properties Specialist designation, and specialize in Japanese clients interested in Maui resort property. I am also actively involved with Japan through Rotary International.

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: I believe that there can be valuable exchanges between current academics and Japan specialists who have pursued careers outside of academia. I would emphasize that many of us have pursued our interest in Japan outside of the usual university environment. My wife and I are collectors of modern Japanese art, including modern print art, pottery, No masks, and tea ceremony untensils. I read modern and classical Japanese literature avidly, and have a huge interest in Japanese film. More important, Rotary International makes it possible for professionals from the US, Japan, and other countries to plan civil society projects in developing countries on the basis of friendships developed through Rotary.