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Cool Japan / Keene calls for orderly, beautiful cities to be rebuilt in disaster areas

Professor Donald Keene last lesson at Columbia University (ドナルド・キーン教授最後の授業 コロンビア大学) 4/26/2011


Good News regarding Professor Donald Keene that is to say “…[Keene] received Japanese Permanent Residency, but after the Great East Japan Earthquake, knowing about the large numbers of foreigners that distanced themselves from Japan, he said, ‘I came to Japan, where I will always stay. I believe in Japan, is what I wanted to broadcast.’”
キーン教授が「最後の授業」で日本永住、帰化報告(11/04/27)


And also taking up herewith Professor Donald Keene's activity in Japan around Oct., last year based on the Japan Time's article dated Oct 20, 2011.

SENDAI — Donald Keene, one of the greatest scholars of Japanese literature, on Wednesday said reconstruction of communities in the disaster-hit Tohoku region should aim for perfection.
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"I hope people will create orderly and beautiful cities like Sendai, the city of trees," Keene said. Sendai, which was hard hit by the twin disasters, earned the sobriquet after the beautifully tended zelkova trees that line its avenues.
"I am opposed to the idea that it's OK to build anything," Keene said during a news conference in the city, which he was visiting to give a speech.
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Keene, 89, in September moved permanently to Japan after teaching at Columbia University for 56 years. He aims to become a Japanese citizen.
Keene has strong ties with Tohoku. He once spent a semester as a visiting professor at Tohoku University, and also traveled through the region in 1955, retracing the footsteps of Matsuo Basho, one of the greatest haiku poets.
Keene recalled watching footage on television of the tsunami sweeping through coastal communities, and said: "It was the most terrifying thing I ever witnessed. . . . I was appalled.
"When I arrived in Japan (in September), the first thing I thought was I want to go to Tohoku," he said, hoping to explore Tohoku further. "I'd like to know what is left and how people are living."

By TS on Mar 12, 2012
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