CJS Director Appointed to University of Ryukyus’ Management Council


UHM Professor Appointed to the University of the Ryukyus’ Management Council (equivalent to Board of Regents)

UHM Center for Japanese Studies’ Director, Dr. Robert N. Huey, has been appointed a member of the University of Ryukyus’ Management Council, the Japanese equivalent to our Board of Regents.  The other members of the Management Council consist of the University of the Ryukyus President, five Vice Presidents, and prominent members of the community such as Vice Governor of Okinawa, President of the Okinawa Times Newspaper, and Director of the University of the Ryukyus Foundation.  The Management Council has the power to decide the direction of the University.  Dr. Huey is the first foreigner to be appointed to the Management Council of a national university in Japan.  This appointment signifies UH’s strong ties to Okinawa and the University of the Ryukyus’ commitment to internationalization.

Today, at a special ceremony Professor Katsunori Yamazato of the University of Ryukyus presented the official letter of appointment on the UHM campus, as shown in the photo above.

Dr. Huey started teaching at UHM in 1985, and he has served as the Center for Japanese Studies’ Director for the last seven years.

UHM and the University of the Ryukyus have a long standing relationship based on scholars and students studying at each other universities; and, UHM recently established in 2008 the first and only Center for Okinawan Studies in the United States.  A world- class library collection on Okinawa (Sakamaki/Hawley Collection, housed at UHM Hamilton Library), faculty and student interest in Okinawa, and a vibrant Okinawan-American community in Hawai‘i come together to provide especially fertile grounds for the study of Okinawa and for joint projects with the University of the Ryukyus.