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Obituary: Dr. Donald Keene

The Japan Foundation mourns the passing of Dr. Donald Keene, an esteemed scholar of Japanese Studies whose achievements were indispensable in shaping the course of Japanese literature as well as Japanese arts and cultural appreciation in the U.S. and beyond. Dr. Keene received Japan’s highest cultural award, The Order of Culture in 2008; The Japan Foundation honored Dr. Keene with The Japan Foundation Award in 1983. We owe immense gratitude to Dr. Keene for his enduring passion and commitment; the impact of his work is simply unparalleled in history. He will be sorely missed.