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The 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 government relations.

The 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.

The 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 fingertips.”

DSA 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.”

JapanesePoliticians.com 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.

“I 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.

“We 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 going.”

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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