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9/17/2004 Japan and the war on terror topic of lecture

McMINNVILLE – Kenneth B. Pyle, professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Washington, will speak on "Japan and the War on Terror" Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Pyle is the founding president of the National Bureau of Asian Research, an independent non-partisan research institute to promote an informed and effective American policy toward Asia. He has been a frequent consultant to the executive branch of the government and since 1992 has testified before Congressional committees many times on Japanese affairs. The Japanese government presented him with the Order of the Rising Sun in 1999. In 2000, he was named the recipient of the annual Henry M. Jackson Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Pyle is the author and editor of numerous books on modern Japan and its history including "The New Generation in Meiji Japan," "The Japanese Question: Power and Purpose in a New Era," "The Making of Modern Japan," "From APEC to Xanadu: Creating a Viable Community in the Post-Cold War Pacific" and "The Trade Crisis: How Will Japan Respond?" He is presently completing a book on modern Japanese foreign policy for the Century Foundation. The working title is "New Orders in Asia: Japan and the International System."

Pyle received his bachelor’s from Harvard College, and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University where he was the Walter Hines Page Fellow in International Relations. He held a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies in Tokyo from 1961-64. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford and at Yale.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public and is presented as part of Asian Awareness Week activities at Linfield, is sponsored by the Department of History through a grant from the Blakemore Foundation of Seattle, Wash. For more information, call 503-883-2660.