The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

See below for information about the prize.


Articles by Andrew DeWit

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Andrew DeWit is Professor in the School of Policy Studies at Rikkyo University and an Asia-Pacific Journal editor. His recent publications include “Energy Transitions in Japan,” in Ted Lehmann (ed), The Geopolitics of Global Energy: The New Cost of Plenty and “Climate Change and the Military Role in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response,” in Paul Bacon and Christopher Hobson (eds),  Human Security and Japan’s Triple Disaster(Routledge, 2014)

Japan’s Integrated Approach to Human Security
Hioki’s Smart Community and Japan’s Structural Reform
Are Asia’s Energy Choices Limited to Coal, Gas or Nuclear?
Japan’s “National Resilience” and the Legacy of 3-11
Watching “The Burden: Fossil Fuel, The Military, and National Security”
Japan’s Dangerous Nuclear Waste on the Cutting Board? Towards a Renewables Future
Japan’s Bid to Become a World Leader in Renewable Energy
Komatsu, Smart Construction, Creative Destruction, and Japan’s Robot Revolution 、
Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience as Structural Reform in Abenomics
Japan's 'National Resilience Plan': Its Promise and Perils in the Wake of the Election
Japan’s Resilient, Decarbonizing and Democratic Smart Communities
Japan's Radical Energy Technocrats: Structural Reform Through Smart Communities, the Feed-in Tariff and Japanese-Style 'Stadtwerke' (FiT)Stadtwerke ()
A New Japanese Miracle? Its Hamstrung Feed-in Tariff Actually Works
Hiroshima's Disaster, Climate Crisis, and the Future of the Resilient City
US Pacific Command, Climate Change and Collaborative Society
Three Cheers for Abe's High-Tech CLT Wooden Arrow: The Future of Japanese Construction
Could a US-Japan “Green Alliance” Transform the Climate-Energy Equation?
The Bumble Bee and the Chrysanthemum: Comparing Sweden and Japan’s Responses to Financial Crisis
Japan’s Energy Policy Impasse
How Important is the Tokyo Gubernatorial Election?
Can Abenomics Cope With Environmental Disaster?
Spinning the Tokyo Metro Election
'Data Will Change ICT,' But Will it Change the Abe Regime?
Water, Water Everywhere: Incentives and Options at Fukushima Daiichi and Beyond
In the Dark With Tepco: Fukushima’s Legacy for Nuclear Power
Abe, Big Data and Bad Dreams: Japan’s ICT Future?
Just Gas? Smart Power and Koizumi’s Anti-Nuclear Challenge?
Green Shoot: Abenomics and the 3rd Arrow
Japan's Rollout of Smart Cities: What Role for the Citizens?
Abenomics Needs a Reboot Rather than Nuclear Restarts
An Emerging Fukushima Model?
Abe at Ground Zero: the consequences of inaction at Fukushima Daiichi
Abenomics and Energy Efficiency in Japan
The US Military, Green Energy, and the SPIDERS at Pearl Harbor
Distributed Power and Incentives in Post-Fukushima Japan
Japan: Building a Galapagos of Power?
Japan’s Energy Policy at a Crossroads: A Renewable Energy Future?
Japan’s Remarkable Renewable Energy Drive—After Fukushima−−
Megasolar Japan: The Prospects for Green Alternatives to Nuclear Power−−
Feed-in Tariffs the Way Forward for Renewable Energy
Fallout From the Fukushima Shock: Japan’s Emerging Energy Policy−−
Creating a Solar Belt in East Japan: The Energy Future−−
Political and Policy Repercussions of Japan's Nuclear and Natural Disasters in Germany
The Earthquake in Japanese Energy Policy
The “Power Elite” and Environmental-Energy Policy in Japan
Revisiting Postwar Taxation in Japan and its Contemporary Implications
Get FIT: Public Policy, the Smart State and the Energy-Environmental Revolution−−
Clean Coal and The Two Faces of China's Coal Industry
Regime Change Short-Circuited: Carbon Emissions and Japan's Feed-in Tariff System
Is Hatoyama Reckless or Realistic? Making the Case for a 25% Cut in Japanese Greenhouse Gases
Japan's Response to Financial-Economic-Environmental Crisis
East Asian Welfare Regimes
Japan's Twenty Year Response to Economic Crisis
Japan on the Brink of the Abyss? [Updated]
Subprime Learning: Positive and Negative Lessons of the Japanese Bubble for Americans
The G8 Mirage: The Summit and Japan's Environmental Policies
Are Renewable Energy Sources Approaching a Tipping Point?
What Me Worry? Japan Blithely Ignores the Warnings of Peak Oil Analysts
Peak Oil and Japan's Food Dependence Available in Japanese Translation
Flawed Political Economy of Decentralization
Scientific Stereotypes East and West (available in Spanish)
Fiscal Cuts or Common Sense? Fiscal Decentralization in Japan
Japan's Third Way: A Public Intellectual Confronts Japan's Economic Stagnation
Fukushima, Fuel Rods, and the Crisis of Divided and Distracted Governance
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Japan's Richest Man Challenges Nuclear Future
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Japan’s Nuclear Village Wages War on Renewable Energy and the Feed-in Tariff
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Japan, the Pentagon, and the Future of Renewable Energy: Battle Lines Form−−
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Will Escalating LNG Imports Really Ruin Japan?
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Japan's New Green Political Innovators Respond to Government Attempts to Restart Nuclear Power Plantso
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Bloom Energy Japan Versus Abe’s Road: What Energy Future for Japan?
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The End of Japan’s Nuclear Power Mirage? Tokyo’s Green Olympics in 2020?2020
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Abe and Pro-Active Pacifism in the Face of Climate Change
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Abe and Abbot Out under Australia's Midday Sun

The 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society

The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University is pleased to announce the 2019 prize honoring the life and work of our colleague, Kyoko Selden. The prize will pay homage to the finest achievements in Japanese literature, thought, and society through the medium of translation. Kyoko Selden's translations and writings ranged widely across such realms as Japanese women writers, Japanese art and aesthetics, the atomic bomb experience, Ainu and Okinawan life and culture, historical and contemporary literature, poetry and prose, and early education (the Suzuki method). Recognizing the breadth of Japanese writings, classical and contemporary, and with the aim of making such materials more widely available, we ask that prize submissions be of unpublished translations. Collaborative translations are welcomed. In order to encourage classroom use and wide dissemination of the winning entries, prize-winning translations will be made freely available on the web. The winning translations will be published online at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Prize selections will take into account both the quality of the translation and the significance of the original work. In cases where a text already published in English is deemed worthy of retranslation, new translations of significant texts are accepted (please provide date and place of earlier publication). Applicants should submit the following hard copies to the Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize, Department of Asian Studies, 350 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853:

  • 1 copy of an unpublished translation
  • 1 copy of a statement of up to 1,000 words explaining the significance of the text. Although we do not require that the translator has already obtained permission to publish the translation from the copyright holder, please include in the statement information about whether preliminary inquiries have been made or whether or not the work is in the public domain.
  • 1 printed copy of the original Japanese text
  • A brief c.v. of the translator
  • In addition, please send electronic copies of all the above as attachments to

The maximum length of a submission is 20,000 words. In case

of translation of longer works, submit an excerpt of up to 20,000 words. Repeat submissions are welcomed. Please note that

the closing date for the prize competition this year will be August 1, 2019. For the 2019 competition, one prize of $1,500 will be awarded in two different categories:

1) to an already published translator; 2) to an unpublished translator. The winners will be informed by November 1, 2019.

For further information, please visit the Asian Studies website or send questions to