search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - KIYOSHI KAWAHITO

PF (1978), PF (1981)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Middle Tennessee State University
Professor Emeritus, Advisor to the President and the Provost on Asian Affairs
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
Box 167, MTSU
Address 2 (optional)
Middle Tennessee State University
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United States
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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.

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

Answer: I retired from the full-time position as professor of economics and as director of Japan-U.S. Program ("Japan Program") in 2007. However, as professor emeritus, I still work for the universitity, techncially on a part-time basis, but actually giving a full-time equivalewnt of my time. I visit Japan a few times a year, spending much time with several institutions regarding academic and student exhange matters. I also visit a few Asian countries (Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines), although less often, for the same purpose. I am a very important resource person at MTSU regarding Japn. Aside from the above, I recently became a founder and director of the Yunus Program at MTSU (

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

Answer: C. I am a native Japanese speaker.

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

Answer: NO

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

Answer: The expeience helped me in: (1) Engaging in research and in developing some profesional friends in Japan. (2) Having my wife and two sons understand my background and my profession. (3) Getting acquainted with Japanese information sources. (4) Providing quotable episodes in my Japan- and Asia-related classes.

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: Two types of network may be created: (A) General. Providing information exchange and discussion opportunies on topics in which most members are interested. (B) Specialized. In terms of discipline (political science, economics , education, etc.) or subjects (student exchange, traveling in Japan, latest products in Japan, etc.)