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Japanese Historian Delivers 12th Hunsberger Lecture

Kenneth Pyle, professor of history and Asian studies at the University of Washington, delivered the 12th annual Warren S. Hunsberger Lecture, Mar. 5, at the School of International Service.

The founding president of the National Bureau of Asian Research, Pyle said he was a history buff as a child. When his father advised him that “Asia will be very important in your day,” Pyle turned his attention to Japan.

“Modern Japanese history spans about 150 years,” he explained. “I’m somewhat sobered to know that I’ve been studying it for about one-third of that time.”

Pyle’s lecture, “The Primacy of Foreign Policy in Japan,” detailed the ways in which the country has become more politically conservative since the Cold War.

The Hunsberger Lecture was established to honor the founding director of AU’s Center for Asian Studies.