SHOJI AZUMA portrait
  • Professor, World Languages and Cultures
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Professional Service

  • Entity: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Selection committee member. 2014 - 2015
  • Role: Advising. Entity: Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), headquarters, Tokyo, Japan lectures on political speeches. 2011 - present

Internal Service

  • FLAS award and graduate admissions committee. 2015 - present. service.
  • FLAS selection committee. 2015 - 2015. service.
  • Japanese Section Coordinator. 2014 - 2015. service.
  • Executive Committee, Department of Languages and Literature. 2014 - 2015. service.
  • Summer study abroad program, Osaka. 2014 - present. service.
  • Co-organization of a photo exhibition: Tohoku through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers. 2014 - 2014. service.
  • Study abroad advisor search committee. 2013 - present. service.
  • Study abroad advisor selection committee, Center for Learning Abroad. Interview, Selection, 2012 - 2012. service.
  • Organization of a special lecture on Great Japan Earthquake, rebuilding communities, sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan. Organization, 2012 - 2012. service.
  • Asia Center. 1998 - present. service.

Honors & Awards

  • Consul-General's Award in commendation for his contributions toward mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill between Japan and the U.S. Embassy of Japan, 2021
  • The 25th Japan Cosmetology Foundation Research Grant. 2014
  • Hakuho Foundation Japanese Language Research Fellowship. 2013
  • International Travel Research Grant. College of Humanities, University of Utah, 2013
  • Asia Center Japan Foundation Research Grant. Asia Center, University of Utah, 2013
  • MEXT/JSPS Grants-in Aid for Scientific Research. Japanese Ministry of Education and Science, 2012
  • Distinguished Teacher Award. Sigma Chi Fraternity, 2008
  • Japan Foundation Research Fellowship. Japan Foundation, 2004
  • Japan Foundation Research Fellowship. Japan Foundation, 1998

In the Media

  • Seijika no Enzetsuryoku Nanten? Nihon Keizai Shinbun. 2017.
  • "Sontaku," Asahi Shinbun. 2017. http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASK445GRPK44UTIL02T....
  • On Abe's words, Mainichi Shinbun. 2016. http://mainichi.jp/articles/20161104/dde/012/010/0...
  • Framing and President Obama's speech in Hiroshima, Yomiuri Shinbun. 2016. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/fukayomi/ichiran/20160607...
  • On political debates in Diet Sessions, TBS radio, Session 22. 2016.
  • On Prime Minister Abe’s talking style, Nihon Keizai Shinbun. 2016.
  • U.S. Presidential debates, Fuji Television, Shin Hoodoo 2001. 2016.
  • On the Notion of Dialogue, Chuugoku Shinbun. 2015.
  • On Lost Words among Politicians, Sunday Mainichi. 2015.
  • On the War Legislation, Nikkan Gendai. 2015.
  • Debates in the Diet sessions, Weekly Shinchoo. 2015.
  • Deceptive language in politics, Mainichi Shinbun. 2015.
  • National Defence Law, Asahi Shinbun. 2015.
  • PM Abe’s speech at the U.S. Congress Joint session, Tokyo Shinbun. 2015.
  • Book review, "Speeches of Adolf Hitler" (Hitler enzetsu) by Hiroyuki Takada, Chuuoo Kooron Shinsho, in Koomei Shinbun, Tokyo. 2014.
  • Prime Minister Abe's assertion, Asahi Shinbun. 2014.
  • Governor Takahashi and apetition style, Hokkaidoo Shinbun. 2014.
  • On democracy, Yomiuri Shinbun. 2014.
  • "Taigi" (moral law) in Osaka election, Asahi Shinbun. 2014.
  • "One issue" style of Koizumi, Asahi Shinbun. 2014.
  • “This year and self,” Kyoto Shinbun, November 11, 2013. 2013.
  • “Assumption,” Kyoto Shinbun, August 22, 2013. 2013.
  • “Doomo kininaru kuchiguse,” Asahi Shinbun, June 29, 2013. 2013.
  • “Otonagenai,” Chuunichi Shinbun, June 21, 2013. 2013.
  • “DJ Police,” Kyoto Shinbun, June 14, 2013. 2013.
  • “Abe gaikoo enzetsu,” Nihon Keizai Shinbun, June 2, 2013. 2013.
  • “Yonezawa shichoo speech jutsu,” Hokkaidoo Shinbun, May 24, 2013. 2013.
  • “Appearance and reality,” Kyoto Shinbun, April 24, 2013. 2013.
  • “Jimin giin enzetsu kooza,” Sankei Shinbun, March 19, 2013. 2013.
  • “Abe Shinzoo, moshikasite oomono seijika,” Weekly Post, March 15, 2013. 2013.
  • “God made a farmer,” Kyoto Shinbun, March 8, 2013. 2013.
  • “President Obama’s tear,” Kyoto Shinbun, January 4, 2013. 2013.
  • my work has been covered by various Japanese newspapers, journals, TV, and radio including Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, NHK, Fuji TV, Asahi TV, Yomiuri TV and Mainichi radio. 2010.