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Edwin O. Reischauer

Edwin O. ReischauerAKA Edwin Oldfather Reischauer

Born: 15-Oct-1910
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: 1-Sep-1990
Location of death: La Jolla, CA
Cause of death: Hepatitis
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat, Scholar

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Japan, 1961-66

Military service: US Army (Military Intelligence Service, 1943-45, lt. col.)

Father: (professor at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan)
Mother: (founded Japan School for the Deaf, Machida, Japan)
Wife: Adrienne Elinor Danton (m. 5-Jul-1935, d. 17-Jan-1955 heart failure)
Wife: Haru Matsukata (m. 6-Jan-1956)

    High School: American School, Tokyo
    University: BA History, Oberlin College (1931)
    University: PhD Japanese Studies, Harvard University
    Professor: Japanese Studies, Harvard University (1938-42)
    Professor: Japanese Studies, Harvard University (1956-61)
    Professor: Japanese Studies, Harvard University (1966-81)

    US Ambassador to Japan (1961-66)
    US State Department Special Assistant to Director of Office of Far Eastern Affairs (1945-46)
    Trilateral Commission (1973-)
    American Historical Association
    Risk Factors: Hepatitis

Author of books:
Japan, Past and Present (1946, history)
The United States and Japan (1950, history)
Translations from Early Japanese Literature (1951, literature, with Joseph K. Yamagiwa)
Wanted: An Asian Policy (1955, history)
A History of East Asian Civilization, vol. 1: The Great Tradition (1960, history, with John K. Fairbank)
A History of East Asian Civilization, vol. 2: East Asia: The Modern Transformation (1965, history, with John K. Fairbank)
Beyond Vietnam: The United States and Asia (1968)
Japan: The Story of a Nation (1970, history)
United States and China: The Next Decade (1970, foreign policy, with A. Doak Barnett)
Toward the 21st Century: Education for a Changing World (1973)
The Japanese (1977, history)
My Life Between Japan and America (1986, memoir)
The Japanese Today: Change and Continuity (1988, history)


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