‘A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor will be honored with one of the most prestigious decorations bestowed by the Japanese government.
The government of Japan announced that the emperor has selected Akira Miura to receive the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette.
Miura, professor emeritus in East Asian languages and literature, is being honored for a life of promoting friendship and cultural exchange between the United States and Japan. Miura is a pioneer in Japanese language teaching in the United States. He has played an important part in shaping Japanese language study at UW-Madison for 32 years.”
Professor (Emeritus) Miura received his B.A. from Tokyo University and earned his Ed.D. from Columbia in 1970. He then joined the faculty here. Akira Miura is a leader in the field of Japanese language teaching and has coauthored three textbooks, along with a number of other language-related works. His reputation is that of a meticulous and demanding teacher, and his former students teach at Columbia, Smith, Princeton, Duke, Michigan, and other universities. Professor Miura has been president of the Madison Japan Association since 1987. He has been honored by the Consul General of Japan in Chicago and received an award in 1992 for “Outstanding Achievement as a Pioneer of Japanese Language and Cultural Education in Wisconsin.”