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JUSFC Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature Announced

January 10, 2018

Two outstanding scholars are the recipients of the 2017-18 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. The prizes will be awarded in March 2018 at a ceremony at the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University.

David Boyd, SLOW BOAT (Pushkin Press, 2017);

Hiroaki Sato, THE SILVER SPOON: MEMOIR OF A BOYHOOD IN JAPAN (Stone Bridge Press, 2015)

The Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature was established in 1979. The award has been administered by the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University since the Center was founded in 1986. The Prize is awarded annually to outstanding works of translation into English from the Japanese language.

The complete press release is available here.

Grants Approved for FY2017

January 2, 2018

Arts & Culture

  • National Endowment for the Arts/JUSFC- Creative Artist Program, $150,000
  • National Performance Network- U.S.-Japan Connection: Building a Community, $45,000
  • New York International Children’s Film Festival- New York International Children’s Film Festival 2017 – Japanese Film Showcase, $10,000
  • The International House of Japan- Japan-United States Creative Artists Fellowship Exchange, $200,038
  • Global Film Network – Japanese Subtitling of the film, “Cocktail Party”, $3,000
  • Media Bridges, Inc. – The Mineta Legacy Project, $10,000
  • Harvard University – Japanese Art Workshop for Students (JAWS), $50,000
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum – Isamu Noguchi Archaic/Modern, $10,000
  • Third World Newsreel – Fall Seven Times Get Up Eight, $10,000
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Utamaro and the Lure of Japan, $10,000
  • JUSFC Arts Japan 2020 Campaign – $45,000

Education & Public Affairs

  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese- Professional Development, Advocacy, and Collaboration Support for Japanese Language Educators, $33,000
  • International Student Conferences, Inc.- The 69th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), $20,000
  • Japan Center for International Exchange- US Congressional Staff Exchange Program in Japan, $65,000
  • U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress- The Congressional Study Group on Japan, $10,000
  • USJETAA- To Enhance the Network of JET Alumni Associations, $20,000
  • George Washington University – JLive! Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement 2017, $20,000

Exchanges and Scholarship

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities- Japan Studies Institute-Japan Seminar, $63,000
  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese- The Bridging Project Clearinghouse to Encourage and Support Study Abroad in Japan by American Undergraduate Students, $28,627
  • American Studies Association- Framing the “American Century”: Wars,… » READ MORE

Grants Approved for FY 2016

November 14, 2016

Arts & Culture

  • Collaborative Cataloging Japan- Media Art Collection Survey Fellowship, Professional Exchange & Workshop, and Screening Series Fall/Winter 2015-2016, $28,890
  • National Endowment for the Arts/JUSFC- Creative Artist Program, $150,000
  • National Performance Network- U.S.-Japan Connection: Building a Community, $60,000
  • New York International Children’s Film Festival- New York International Children’s Film Festival 2016 – Japanese Film Showcase, $10,000
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra- Orpheus with Nobuyuki Tsujii: A Cross-Cultural Partnership, $20,000
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art- International Pop, $15,000
  • San Jose Museum of Art- Tabaimo, $20,000
  • Trisha Brown Dance Company- Trisha Brown: In Plain Site” at KYOTO EXPERIMENT, $14,500
  • The International House of Japan- Japan-United States Creative Artists Fellowship Exchange, $200,038
  • The Wooster Group- The Wooster Group Tokyo Cultural Exchange December 2015, $30,000
  • University of Washington- Socially Engaged Art in Japan: Questions for Contemporary Practice and Policy, $7,015

Education & Public Affairs

  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese- Professional Development, Advocacy, and Collaboration Support for Japanese Language Educators, $33,000
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology- Internationalization of Psychology Education through a Study Abroad Trip and Cross-Cultural Symposiums, $21,586
  • International Student Conferences, Inc.- The 68th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), $20,000
  • Japan Center for International Exchange- US Congressional Staff Exchange Program in Japan, $70,000
  • National Bureau of Asian Research- Pacific Trilateralism: A New Narrative of Cooperation, $25,000
  • S. Association of Former Members of Congress- The Congressional Study Group on Japan, $10,000
  • USJETAA- To Enhance the Network of JET Alumni Associations, $20,000

Exchanges and Scholarship

  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities- Japan Studies Institute-Japan Seminar, $70,000
  • American… » READ MORE

JUSFC40: JUSFC Prizes for Translation of Japanese Literature Announced

January 11, 2016

Three outstanding scholars are the recipients of the 2015 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, recently awarded during a ceremony at the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University.

Since its establishment in 1975, on of the ways in which the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission has supported and sustained the bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan, is by encouraging scholarship related to Japan.

Steven Carter, The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays Stephen D. Carter brings together samplings from the particularly hard-to-categorize genre of the zuihitsu, or random jottings. The Columbia Book of Japanese Essays is a readable, carefully produced volume of this and that, from Sei Shōnagon’s classic sentiments about the four seasons, to Matsudaira Sadanobu on cherry blossoms, to Mukoda Kuniko’s thoughts on winter gloves. The translation was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. Carter is the Yamato Ichihashi Chair in Japanese History and Civilization at Stanford University. His Waiting for the Wind: Thirty-Six Poets of Japan’s Late Medieval Age (Columbia University Press, 1989) previously won the JUSFC Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 1989.

Stephen Miller and Patrick Donnelly, The Wind from Vulture Peak Stephen Miller, and Patrick Donnelly, give us brilliantly fresh translations of waka (5-7-5-7-7 syllable Japanese poems) in his The Wind From Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asian Series, 2013), a study of the Heian-period Buddhification of the genre. In the words of Laurel Rasplica Rodd, also… » READ MORE

JUSFC Announces FY2016 Grants

December 2, 2015

Grants Approved for FY 2015

November 25, 2014

Arts & Culture

Education & Public Affairs

Exchanges and Scholarship

Grants Approved for FY 2014

October 9, 2013

Arts & Culture

Education & Public Affairs

Exchanges and Scholarship

Grants Approved for FY 2013

September 17, 2012

Arts & Culture

Education & Public Affairs

Exchanges and Scholarship

Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature Awarded

May 1, 2012

JUSFC congratulates the 2012 winners of The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.  During an award ceremony at the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Studies at Columbia University, Dr. Matthew Fraleigh of Brandeis University received the prize for classical literature for his annotated translations of New Chronicles of Yanagibashi and Diary of a Journey to the West:  Narushima Ryuhoku Reports from Home and Abroad (Cornell East Asia Series).   Dr. J. Keith Vincent of Boston University won the prize in modern literature for his multi-layered interpretation of The Food Demon (in A Riot of Goldfish, Hesperus Worldwide).  The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission provided a grant to The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University to jury the selection for the best translation of a modern and a classical work of Japanese literature.

Dr. Fraleigh’s book helps us appreciate the pivotal position Ryuhoku occupied as someone who bridged the literary worlds of both Edo and Meiji.  Fraleigh masterfully preserves the linguistic playfulness of the test by providing translations of the colloquial glosses that Ryuhoku added to his Chinese prose.

Dr. Vincent’s translation successfully captures the author’s many-layered portrait of a complicated “sensei” of cuisine, a man whose distain for others finds an expression in the perfection of his culinary taste and performance as a cook.  The richness of Okamoto’s insistent prose is well matched in the sureness of Vincent’s well-measured rhythms and melodic phrasing.

1995-1996 Biennial Report

January 24, 2012

Japan-United States Friendship Commission 1995-1996 Biennial Report

The Japan-United States Friendship Commission, an independent federal agency dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and Japan, administers grant programs in the following areas:

-Japanese Studies in the United States -Policy-Oriented Research -Public Affairs/Education -The Study of the United States in Japan -The Arts -Infrastructure Building

A Message From The Chairman

I am pleased to present the Commission’s Biennial Report for Fiscal Years 1995 and 1996.

This year marks the end of my first year as Chairman of the Japan-US Friendship Commission. Early in my term I had the opportunity to meet many of the important players in the Commission’s fortunes, both inside and outside the government, and I was impressed by the deep level of support for its activities that I have found. Subsequently, the commissioners and I reviewed the entire range of Commission priorities, programs and activities at both the Spring and Fall, 1996 meetings. We have published our conclusions in the November, 1996 edition of the Commission’s Program Guidelines. Over the course of this process I have come to appreciate the spirit of collegiality that marks the commissioners’ interactions. I value that spirit above all.

The historically low return on investments in Japan has greatly affected the operations of all agencies and organizations that work in US-Japan exchange. The Commission is no exception. It faces an era of significantly diminished resources, a situation that inevitably affects grant-making abilities and program priorities.

One option has been to look increasingly to cost-sharing… » READ MORE