On Tuesday, June 2, Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga was the guest of honor at an opening reception for the Okinawa Collection at Global Resources Center (GRC). The collection is a collaboration between government of Okinawa and GW Libraries with the Okinawan government agreeing to fund the ongoing development of the collection and a part-time Japanese language research librarian.
The Okinawa Collection of primary and secondary research materials is housed in the GRC's Japan Resource Center. Its focus is Okinawan politics, policy, international relations, economics, culture, literature, linguistics and history.
Mike Mochizuki, associate professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, has helped develop the collection. He says the Okinawa Collection’s books, digital databases and video materials will contribute enormously to teaching and research and will strengthen the Japanese-language holdings in the JRC. “With this grant, GW’s Okinawa Collection could become the second largest library on Okinawa located outside of Japan after the one in the University of Hawaii,” Dr. Mochizuki said. “To have this collection in the nation’s capital at GW gives unparalleled access to researchers and decision-makers in the think tank and policy community. We are delighted to have these materials.”