I am director of Education and Lecture Programs at Japan Society. Previously, I was an assistant professor of Japanese history at Indiana State University, and have also taught high school social studies at Tenafly High School in New Jersey. My research focuses on the history of childhood in modern Japan, and the current manuscript I am working on addresses the history of "mixed-blood" orphans in postwar Japan. One main goal of my current work is to help improve the teaching of Japan in the PreK-12 classsroom.
My areas of interest include Japanese art and craft, as well as elementary and early childhood education.
Bill Tsutsui is chair of the Department of History and executive director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas. A specialist in the business, economic, and cultural history of twentieth-century Japan, he holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton Universities. He is the author of Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform During the Occupation (Routledge, 1988); Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (Princeton University Press, 1998); and Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (Palgrave, 2004). He is the editor of Banking in Japan (Routledge, 1999); A Companion to Japanese History (Blackwell, 2007); and (with Michiko Ito) In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage (Palgrave, 2006). He received the 1997 Newcomen Society Award for Excellence in Business History Research and Writing, the 2000 John Whitney Hall Prize (for best book on Japan or Korea published in 1998) of the Association for Asian Studies, and the 2005 William Rockhill Nelson Award for non-fiction. He is currently conducting research on the enviromental history of modern Japan and the globalization of Japanese popular culture since World War II. He has served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society and as program chair of the Kansas Humanities Council. He is also director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia, which has offered professional development seminars on East Asian history and culture for K-12 teachers for the past eight years.
Additional support is provided by The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Chris A. Wachenheim, the Wendy Obernauer Foundation, James Read Levy, and Jon T. Hutcheson.
About Japan: A Teacher’s Resource is generously funded, in part, by a three-year grant from the International Research and Studies (IRS) Program in the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education (P017A100018).