Stanford historian Peter Duus honored with the Order of the Rising Sun

December 10th, 2012

Peter Duus

The Japanese government is honoring the work of PETER DUUS, a Stanford scholar of modern Japanese history, with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.

The William H. Bonsall Professor of History, Emeritus, at Stanford, Duus is being recognized for his contributions “to Japan Studies in the United States and the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.”

Duus, author of the highly regarded study of Japanese imperialism The Abacus and the Sword, taught at Stanford for more than 30 years. His history texts have become mainstays in American higher education.

During his career, Duus also played a leadership role in the promotion of advanced Japanese education. For 15 years he served as the executive secretary for the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC), a consortium of schools in Japan founded by Stanford University to meet the language training needs of future scholars and expert professionals.

Eight IUC graduates have received the Order of the Rising Sun, more than any other U.S. educational institution, but Duus is the first IUC director to earn the distinction.

IUC Executive Director Indra Levy, an associate professor of Japanese literature at Stanford, said that in addition to Duus’ lasting contributions as a scholar and teacher, he “served the entire field of Japanese studies and the U.S.-Japan relationship as a whole.”

—CORRIE GOLDMAN, Stanford Humanities Center