Given the successful outcomes of the program, it was announced that Tadashi Yanai, Chair, President and CEO of global apparel retailer Fast Retailing and founder of clothing company UNIQLO, will continue to fund the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities, herein after referred to as the Yanai Initiative, through additional donation to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Founded with a donation from Mr. Yanai in 2014, the Yanai Initiative is a collaborative program between Waseda, and UCLA to establish a global network of Japanese humanities studies by carrying out academic and cultural programming and bringing students and professors from Waseda to UCLA and vice versa for short- and long-term visits. In the program, the Japanese Studies Model Unit of Waseda’s Top Global University Project has been designated to serve as the hub for the global network mentioned above.
In addition to funding graduate fellowships and numerous international symposia, lectures, and academic workshops, the Yanai Initiative has made possible in the past a range of cultural programs, including a five-day series of events featuring Live National Treasure Nomura Mansaku, an actor in the classical Kyogen theater; a retrospective of Palme d’Or recipient Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films; and Art of the Benshi, a major event that introduced Los Angeles audiences to this early twentieth century performance art, in which narrators bring silent movies to life to the accompaniment of live music.
The renewed Yanai Initiative will further fund international conferences, public lectures, faculty research, performing art events, and media activities by Waseda and UCLA.
For more information, please visit the UCLA Department of Asian Languages & Cultures website.