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Spring Verdure Issue (May. 2013)


Recognizing achievements in the fields of academic studies, art and sports

Presenting Honorary Doctorates and Awards for Distinguished Services

At the entrance ceremonies held on April 1st and 2nd, the title of Honorary Doctorate was awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to academic studies, art, society and the good of mankind. Furthermore, alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of art and sports were presented with the Award for Distinguished Service to Art and the Award for Distinguished Service to Sports, respectively (see table below). President Kamata presented an Honorary Doctorate degree and academic hood to Dr. Nonaka, as well as certificates of commendation for Distinguished Services and medals to Mr. Matsumoto and Mr. Kimura. Each of the recipients also gave a congratulatory speech. New students reaffirmed their resolve towards life at university while listening to the words of honorees who are leaders in their fields.

Name & Degree/Award Reason for Award (Award Date) Employment etc. at Time of Award
Ikujiro Nonaka
Honorary Doctorate
Doctor of Laws
In the field of economics, conducted research not only in Japan but also throughout the world, mainly in the U.S. (April 2nd, 2013). Economist
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
University Professor, Waseda University
Koshiro Matsumoto IX
Recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to Art
An exceptional performer born from Waseda culture. During his long career, has made many achievements in the entertainment world (April 1st, 2013) Actor, kabuki performer
Koji Kimura
Recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to Sports
As an athlete, coach and director, has made enormous contributions to table tennis, including activities for the internationalization of table tennis (April 1st, 2013). Vice-Chairman, Japan Table Tennis Association
Executive Vice-President, International Table Tennis Federation