The Government of Japan donates $5 million to Columbia University
The Government of Japan has donated $5 million to Columbia University to endow the Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy Professorship, which is intended to promote Japanese studies by supporting teaching and research in this subject area.
The fund will provide for the professor’s salary and expenses relating to teaching and research on modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy.
The Government of Japan believes that supporting Columbia University’s Japan programs, a center of excellence in both research and education, will certainly promote better understanding about Japan in the world, especially here in the United States.
Professor Gerald Curtis, the leading American scholar on Japanese politics, government and foreign policy, is retiring at the end of this year. The chair that this endowment will establish will ensure that his legacy will be continued at Columbia for years to come.