Professor wins Japanese literary prize
Author: Office of Marketing & Communications
Posted: December 1, 2004

Kenneth J. Ruoff has become the first foreigner to win the Jiro Osaragi Prize for Commentary—Japan's equivalent of a Pulitzer—from the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's second-largest daily newspaper with a circulation of 12 million. Ruoff, associate professor in the Department of History and director of PSU's Center for Japanese Studies, won for the Japanese translation of his book, The People's Emperor: Democracy and the Japanese Monarchy, 1945-1995, and will attend an official awards ceremony at Tokyo's Imperial Hotel January 27, 2005. He teaches courses in Japanese history, Japanese-American relations and the Japanese-American experience.