Minister for Foreign Affairs Honors UM Karashima Professor Emerita Judith Rabinovitch

November 20, 2017

Judith RabinovitchMISSOULA – The Consul General of Japan Yoichiro Yamada presented University of Montana Professor Emerita Judith Rabinovitch with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for 2017 in Helena earlier this month. Rabinovitch was recognized for her contributions promoting Japanese studies research in the United States.

 Rabinovitch has devoted herself to promoting Japanese language and Japan studies, notably by serving as a member of the editorial advisory board for Japan Review, a publication of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, and also as a member of the Bridging Scholarship National Selection Committee with the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.

She also has furthered the friendship between Japan and the United States through sister state exchanges and projects, which have introduced Japanese culture to students throughout the region. Since her retirement in 2015, Rabinovitch has continued her Japanese kanshi – or Sinitic court poetry – research activities as the Karashima Tsukasa Professor Emerita of Japanese Language and Culture at UM.

The Foreign Minister’s Commendation is given to individuals and groups in honor of their outstanding achievements to promote friendship between Japan and other countries, primarily through nongovernmental activities.

For more information call the Consulate-General of Japan at 206-682-9107 or email


Contact: Judith Rabinovitch, Karashima Tsukasa Professor Emerita of Japanese Language and Culture, UM Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, 406-251-5818,