コロンビア大学の教授は日本に帰化することを決心したColumbia Professor Decided to Be Naturalized as Japanese Citizen

米国における日本文学研究の第一人者であり、コロンビア大学名誉教授のドナルド・キーン氏、88歳は今秋までに日本で永住権を得たいとの意向を示した。キーン氏は「好きな日本への感謝の気持ちを形にするのは日本人になることだと考えた」と説明した。東日本大震災でその思いが強まったという。キーン氏は4月26日にコロンビア大学での最終講義を行い、56年の教師人生に幕を閉じた。授業の冒頭、キーンさんは「この授業が最後。残りの人生を日本で過ごす。原発事故が起きる中で、私の決定に驚いた友もいたが、『勇気づけられる』と言ってくれた人もいた。私はその言葉が真実だと願う。長年の間、日本人は驚くほど私に親切だった」と述べた。これだけ日本を愛してくれている外国人がいることを誇らしく思う。

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-by TsukasaDonald Keene, a prince of study of Japanese literature in the U.S., a Columbia professor, 88 years old mentioned that he wants to have the right to permanent residence of Japan by this fall.  Keene explained “I thought the best way to show Japan which I love my gratitude for it is being Japanese.”  He said East Japan earthquake intensified his thought.  He had last class at Columbia University on April 26th and closed 56 years of his life as a teacher.  At the beginning of the class, he said “Today will be my last lecture.  I will be going to Japan.  I expect to spend rest of my life there.  This decision was great surprise for some Japanese, because many foreigners are afraid of radiation.  However other people have written me my decision was given them courage.  I hope this is true.  It is the least I can do for Japanese people who have treated me with amazing kindness for many years.”  I’m proud that there is a foreigner who loves Japan a lot.

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-by Tsukasa