Dr. Donald Keene passed away. He was a true bridge over the Pacific. Everyone knows his great achievements. That he could read Japanese literature so deeply and write so elegantly in Japanese was truly amazing. Also the fact that he became a Japanese citizen and decided to finish his life in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake was very meaningful. He showed to us what one should do ione truly loved a foreign country. We were touched. At our symposium for the 70th anniversary of WWII, we asked him to speak. How personable and moving his remarks were. That was a mere three years ago and already two of the people on the podium have left us. First Ambassador Okawara and now Professor Keene. Expressing our gratitude, we wish that his soul will rest peacefully in heaven.
President, America Japan Society