University Of Virginia Receives Gift To Enhance Study Of Japanese
Politics And Government
June 20, 2003 --
Students, scholars and others interested in Japanese
politics and government will have cutting-edge Web access to information
on these topics, thanks to a gift to the University of Virginia
from Dynamic Strategies Asia, LC. A Bethesda, Md.-based consulting
company. DSA helps foster Japanese and United States business and
gift provides full use of JapanesePoliticians.com, a high-speed,
easily searchable database developed by DSA that contains up-to-date
and detailed information that was not easily available until now,
including profiles of politicians, their party affiliations, their
election history and their areas of expertise.
online resource will revolutionize teaching and research in this
field, according to Leonard J. Schoppa Jr., an associate professor
of politics at U.Va. and an expert on Japanese politics. “In
the past, you had to have the right books on your shelf and be able
to read Japanese,” said Schoppa. “Now it is at your
President Andrew Saidel said, “We are delighted to be making
this donation to the University of Virginia. Under Len Schoppa’s
direction JapanesePoliticians.com will be a leading Web-based tool
for understanding Japanese politicians and political decision making.”
will continue to be accessible via this Web address after the transfer
to U.Va. is complete. Over the summer Schoppa will begin incorporating
the database into an expanded version of his existing Web site,
Japanese Politics Central, www.people.virginia.edu/~ljs2k/webtext.html.
Schoppa plans to add other content, including information on elections,
public policy and other aspects of Japanese politics to the site,
which will make Japanese Politics Central a comprehensive resource
for information about Japanese politics on the World Wide Web.
expect to introduce JapanesePoliticans.com to my classes here at
U.Va., and the same will happen in classrooms all around the country.
It is going to be a major service,” said Schoppa.
hope that this Web site will be a model for other sites, moving
beyond Japan to other countries. We want to get a snowball effect
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298