Dr. Nitobe's Pacific Vision
Born in Victoria's twin city of Morioka, Japan, Nitobe
was a professor at a number of universities including Tokyo Teikoku University
(now Tokyo University).
As an educator, he worked to improve the educational
standard at that time. He also served as the first principal of the Tokyo
Women's University. In 1899, Nitobe wrote his famous Bushido: The Soul
of Japan while living in the United States. Dr. Nitobe was later appointed
Deputy Secretary-General for the League of Nations and contributed to
fostering international understanding.
During his career, Nitobe produced research studies
that later became reference works about Japan for world leaders including
US President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Nitobe died in 1933 at Royal Jubilee
Hospital in Victoria on his way home to Japan from an international conference.
His work is marked by monuments in both cities.
The vision that guided his work for peace is best summed
up in his own words. "It is my wish to serve as a bridge over the
Pacific Ocean", said Nitobe. His was a life of tireless dedication
to that end.
Today, Dr. Nitobe is held in high esteem and is considered
one of the century's greatest Japanese ambassadors for world peace.
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