It was announced in May that Dr. Robert Huey, Professor of Japanese literature (EALL) and former CJS Director, was awarded the “Order of Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” from the Japanese government for his contribution to the development of Japanese studies in the U.S. The award is one of the highest honors granted by the Japanese government to a foreign citizen.

On July 10th, Consul General Mr. Koichi Ito of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu presented Dr. Huey the order and ribbon. Pictured here is Dr. Huey (center) holding the Order of the Rising Sun certificate with Consul General Ito (left) and with Mrs. Misako Ito (right), wife of Consul General Ito.

CJS Associate Director, Dr. Gay Satsuma comments in UH News, “UH has been fortunate to have a phenomenal teacher like Bob. This award recognizes his accomplishments, contributions and commitment to teaching and mentorship, and really building the infrastructure necessary for us to have a world-class Japanese studies program at the University of Hawaiʻi.”

Congratulations, Bob, on this honorable recognition and we are grateful for your many contributions!

Read more:

Nikkan San, published May 25, 2019 – “令和元年春の外国人叙勲 Robert N. Huey 、ハワイ大学学部長が旭日中綬章受賞” (in Japanese)

UH News, published July 10, 2019 – “Japan grants high honors to UH professor


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