Robert Nakasone Honored by the Okinawa Times

Robert (Bob) Nakasone, Special Coordinator at the EWC, Senior Advisor for the Center for Okinawan Studies and longtime friend of the Center for Japanese Studies, was recently honored by the Okinawa Times as a recipient of the newspaper’s annual merit award. Mr. Nakasone was one of five individual awardees at the July 1, reception, held in a ballroom at the Naha Terrace Hotel. He was awarded a letter of gratitude “for constructing a network of Okinawans abroad that supports internationalization.” (Okinawa Times, July 2).

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Robert Nakasone (top left) with the other honorees at the Okinawa Times awards ceremony. Photo from the Okinawa Times website: (

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test has launched a new website for those interested in taking the exam. The updated site can be found at:

Additionally, the second round of testing this year is December 5, 2010. Information on registering for this years exam is available at either:

or in English at:

Finally, note that the registration period runs between August 2 and September 24, 2010. Good luck to any and all applications and feel free to call CJS if you have any additional questions.

AAS Annual Meeting in Honolulu

As most of you are probably already aware, the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) is holding their 2011 annual meeting in Honolulu. This is an excellent opportunity for scholars, especially graduate students, to present their work and research to a wide range of scholars and influential figures in a variety of academic areas. The deadline for panel and paper proposals is August 5, so start getting your materials ready. More information is available by following this link to the AAS website.