I graduated from college in 1951. This was the six years after the end of the war, and a lot of new ideas were
coming into Japan — democracy, women’s education. It was a rather exciting time.
There were opportunities for graduate students, but the interesting part of The
Rotary Foundation fellowship seemed to me that you were supposed to be the
ambassador going to another country to build friendship and understanding. That was rather attractive to me —
to go abroad and study. It was very exciting. Americans were generous — this was the
time when America was very confident as the world leader. I went to many Rotary
meetings. I was very happy to be exposed to this world of organized service. I
was learning a new way of life that I was trying to bring back to Japan. I don’t think I can claim to have chosen
a path to service because my service was very much more in the academic world in
the diplomatic world. But if I had not gone on a Rotary fellowship I would have
just stayed in the University. I think the idea of service may have come in rather naturally because of my early exposure. Each person gives something back in a
different way. Rotary Alumni Global Service Award. This is a great honor and a surprise pleasure. I would like to thank Rotary because it
was great fun being invited to various places or represented by people of very
varied what shall I say professional coverage, and I learned so much but I
have to having been a Rotary fellow. Arigato. Thank you very much.