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MANILA - Ateneo Professor Dr. Lydia N. Yu Jose, of Ateno de Manila University’s Department of Political Science and Japanese Studies Program, received the decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
The decoration from Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe was in recognition of Dr. Jose’s contributions to the enrichment of Japanese studies in the Philippines, and for promoting mutual appreciation and friendship between the two countries.
Last April 29, Emperor of Japan Akihito bestowed upon Dr. Jose the award for her outstanding and continuous contribution to the bilateral ties between the Philippines and Japan, in politics, economics, culture, and education.
The ceremony, held here at the Ambassador’s residence, was attended by foreign dignitaries, husband Dr. Ricardo Trota-Jose, National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil-Jose, and relatives and friends from the Ateneo.
Ambassador Urabe said that the testimonial explicitly commends the Japanese Studies Program, for “having a marvellous achievement in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the Philippines for many years by turning out excellent researchers in the field of Japan study and promoting understanding Japan, moreover, having contributed invaluably to advancing cultural exchange between Japan and the Philippines through exchanging programs with various universities in Japan.”
Jose went to International Christian University in Japan from 1969 to 1971 as a research student of the Japanese Government Scholarship, deepening Philippines-Japan relations by forming linkages with other renowned scholars and pursued joint research with other Japanese academicians.
She has published various researches on Japanese studies, including the authoritative Philippines-Japan Relations, a collaborative work which she co-edited with Dr. Ikehata Setsuho, the president of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies from September 2001 to August 2007.
Dr. Jose’s academic career spans 44 years. She has been teaching in Ateneo since 1967. She was Director of the Japanese Studies Program from 1989-1993, from 1995-1996, and from 2004 to 2007 and has been the executive director of Ateneo Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) since 2004, promoting scholarly research in the field of Asian studies.
In 2006, she received a testimonial signed by then Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Aso, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of normalizing diplomatic relations between Japan and the Philippines.