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Prof. Joseph Nye Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor

Update:Oct. 28, 2010
The diploma was presented to Prof. Nye by President Seike
The diploma was presented to Prof. Nye by President Seike
Ceremony to confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon Prof. Nye
Ceremony to confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon Prof. Nye
Prof. Nye gave a lecture
Prof. Nye gave a lecture
question-and-answer session
question-and-answer session

Photo: Susumu Ishito

A ceremony to confer honorary degree of doctor upon Prof. Joseph Nye was held from 1:15 p.m. on October 20 at Public Speaking Hall, Mita Campus.

Prof. Nye is an internationally recognized authority on international politics. Prof. Nye has also proven to be an outstanding educator, and has nurtured scholars, politicians, bureaucrats and businesspeople around the world as well as in the U.S.. Also, Prof. Nye led the rebuilding effort of Japan-U.S. relations under a new international security environment in the post-Cold War era, and has contributed to the advancement of Japan-U.S. relations as a U.S. government official.

The diploma of Doctor of Law, honoris causa was presented to Prof. Nye based on his significant contributions to the advancement of Japan-U.S. relations and his outstanding achievements in academics and education.

The ceremony was chaired by Associate Prof. Isao Miyaoka of Faculty of Law, and with the songs by Wagner Society Chorus, Prof. Nye walked into the hall. Following the reading of the citation for Prof. Nye by the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Ryosei Kokubun, President Atsushi Seike presented the diploma of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa to Prof. Nye. President Seike delivered an address, and in response, Prof. Nye showed his appreciation to Keio University.

After the ceremony, Prof. Nye gave a lecture titled “The United States, Japan, and China," and he mentioned that "the most important factor that Japanese diplomacy will face this century is the rise in Chinese power" and he also mentioned that young people and students in Japan should pay more attention to outside of Japan and study within other cultures. Many students listened to his lecture enthusiastically. At the question-and-answer session held after lecture, Prof. Nye and the students had vibrant conversations and that would be valuable experiences for the students.