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Japan confers "Order of the Rising Sun" on Ateneo expert on Japan

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, April 30 — A Filipino expert on Japan, Dr. Lydia Yu-Jose of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdeMU), will be conferred Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, recognizing her for “contributions to the enrichment of Japanese studies in the Philippines, and for promoting mutual appreciation and friendship between Japan and the Philippines.”

In Sunday’s announcement of the conferment, the Japanese government also described Ateneo de Manila University — where Dr. Jose taught political science and Japanese studies since 1967 — as “having one of the best programs for Japanese studies in the Philippines.”

She has published various research on Japanese studies, including the authoritative Philippines-Japan Relations, in collaboration and co-edited with Dr. Ikehata Setsuho, the former president of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

In 2006, on behalf of the Japanese Studies Program of AdeMU, she received a testimonial signed by then Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Aso, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of normalizing diplomatic relations between Japan and the Philippines.

The testimonial explicitly commends the Japanese Studies Program, for “having a marvelous achievement in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines for many years by turning out excellent researchers in the field of Japan study and promoting understanding Japan.”

AdeMU was also cited for “having contributed invaluably to advancing cultural exchange between Japan and the Philippines through exchanging programs with various universities in Japan.”

Dr. Jose is an active member of renowned academic organizations. She has been the executive director of Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) since 2004, which promotes scholarly research in the field of Asian studies.

Her acquaintance with Japan began when she went to International Christian University from 1969 to 1971 as a research student on Japanese Government Scholarship, deepening Philippines-Japan relations by forming linkages with other renowned scholars.

She continued to visit Japan through other grants, and pursued joint research with other Japanese academicians.

She is married to another Japan expert, Ricardo Jose of the University of the Philippines. (PNA)

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