Self-Respect and Independence of Mind

Self-Respect and Independence of Mind

The Challenge of Fukuzawa Yukichi

Kitaoka Shinichi
Translated by James M. Vardaman

Published by JPIC | Hardcover | ISBN 978-4-916055-62-0 | 336 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2017


北岡伸一 著
中央公論新社 刊



About the Book

It is said that Japan is currently experiencing its third opening to the outside world. However, in terms of importance, rather than the so-called second opening—which refers to the reforms following World War II—the more significant opening was that of the Meiji Restoration, initiated and carried out by the Japanese themselves. Consequently, as Japan today finds itself feeling trapped with a sense of despair, it is to the Meiji era that we should turn, and more than to anyone else, the person we should turn to is Fukuzawa Yukichi.

With the general reader in mind, this volume brings together the results of the present-day research into the accomplishments of Fukuzawa as part of an overall appraisal of the man himself. (Excerpted from the foreword)

About the Author

KITAOKA Shinichi

Kitaoka Shinichi was born in 1948 and studied at The University of Tokyo (B.A. 1971, Ph.D. 1976). He taught at Rikyo University (1976-97) and his alma mater (1991-2004, 2006-12), while serving as Ambassador to the United Nations (2004-2006). Then he became a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS, 2012-15), President of the International University of Japan (IUJ, 2012-15), and Chairman of the Board of Nara Prefectural University (2015- ). He is currently President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He is Emeritus Professor of The University of Tokyo.