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Professor Yasuo Sakakibara, emeritus professor of economics from Doshisha University and professor of management at Teikyo Heisei University in Japan, gave a series of talks at the University from November 6-13, 1996 as a Fulbright University Fellow. The goals for the Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellows Program, which was funded by the United States Information Agency, are to commemorate Fulbright exchanges as the major international exchange program between the United States and other countries; the promotion of persons demonstrating excellence in scholarship, the arts, public service, business, or the professions; and the emphasis of face-to- face exchanges as a means of international understanding and communications.
Professor Sakakibara is a world-renowned expert on transportation economics, having been involved in airport planning in Japan, including the Kansai International Airport. He has also served on numerous advisory committees on transportation planning and regional development for major cities in Japan, as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Construction. His recent books include Financing Social Overhead Capital (1992) and A Comparative Perspective on U.S. and Japanese Economies (1989). He has served as dean of the Faculty of Economics at Doshisha University and was the founding dean of the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha. He is a past president of the Japanese Association for American Studies and was instrumental in implementing a wide-ranging program of collaboration and scholarly exchange between the Japanese Association for American Studies and the American Studies Association. A past recipient of Fulbright grants, Professor Sakakibara has studied in the United States at Amherst College and Harvard University and taught at Earlham College and Carleton College.
The University of Michigan was one of four universities acting as hosts for his visit in the United States, in addition to the American Studies Association, at whose national meeting he gave a plenary talk on U.S.-Japan relations. The Asian Pacific American Studies Program, Program in American Culture, Center for Japanese Studies and East Asia Business Program sponsored his stay at the University. His talks on the development of American Studies in Japan and on U.S.-Japan relations helped to bring together the American studies and Japanese studies interdisciplinary communities at the University.
Gail M. Nomura is director of Asian Pacific American Studies.