HISTORY OF THE MIT ASSOCIATION OF JAPAN  

1861

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MIT founded

1874

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Mr. Eiichiro Honma (本間英一郎) graduates from MIT as the first Japanese graduate

1911   

The 50th anniversary of MIT charter celebrated at alumni reunion in Tokyo with Mr. J. Whiting ’89, and the MIT Association of Japan (henceforth “MIT-J” for short) founded (April 13)

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Mr. Takuma Dan ’78 ( 琢磨) elected first president of MIT-J

1921

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Mr. Takuma Dan visits MIT and addresses a convocation of staff and students (November 28)

1929

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Prof. R. H. Richards ’68, first president of MIT Alumni/ae Association (henceforth “MIT-AA for short), visits Japan (October - November)

1932

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Mr. Takanaga Mitsuji (三井高修) elected second president of MIT-J

1935

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Prof. and Mrs. N. Wiener, and Prof. and Mrs. D.C. Jackson visit Japan

1950

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Mr. Masaru Kametani ’25 (亀谷 ) elected third president of MIT-J

1951

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Prof. H. L. Hazen heads U.S. Mission on Engineering Education to Japan and welcomed by Japanese alumni/ae

1955

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Prof. E. S. Taylor visits Japan for lectures and welcomed by MIT-J (June - July)

1956

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Mr. Yoshinori Chatani ’22 (茶谷義教) elected fourth president of MIT-J

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Prof. and Mrs. N. Wiener (April 11)

1958

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Richmond of MIT Corporation (May 26)

1959

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Dr. Shikao Ikehara ’28 (池原止戈夫) elected fifth president of MIT-J (June 3)

1961

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MIT-J celebrates MIT Centennial at welcome party for Mr. C. B. Conway ’24 (May 27)

1962

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Dean and Mrs. G. R. Harrison (September 14)

1963

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Prof. and Mrs. J. B. Wiesner and Dr. H. C. Kelly (May 23)

1964

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Prof. W. A. Rosenblith (March 7)

1965  

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Dr. Shigebumi Saito (斉藤成文) elected sixth president of MIT-J (June 6)

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Bronze Beaver awarded to MIT-J at the sixth Alumni Officers’ Conference (September 10)

1967

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Chairman J. R. Killian, Jr. ‘26 and Prof. J. R. Zacharius (June 23)

1972

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Dr. Yukio Hori ’57 ( 幸夫) elected seventh president of MIT-J

1974

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Dean W. F. Pounds of Sloan School (February 22)

1977

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MIT Symposium “MIT - A Force for International Progress” held in Tokyo (July 27)

1978

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Dr. Yaichi Ayukawa ’52 (鮎川弥一) becomes first Japanese member of MIT Corporation

1980

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MIT-J holds welcome party President P. E. Gray ’54, President Emeritus J. B. Wiesner, Vice President S. A. Goldblith ’40, and Prof. N. P. Negroponte ’66 (December 16)

1982     

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Dr. Hiroya Fujisaki ’59 (藤崎博也) elected eighth president of MIT-J (September 20)

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MIT-J hold welcome party for President & Mrs. P. E. Gray and Vice President & Mrs. S. A. Goldblith (October 27)

1983

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MIT-J issues 1983 Directory of Members (826 members) (October)

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MIT-J holds welcome party for President Emeritus J. B. Wiesner (October 27)

1984 

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MIT-J holds special party for pre-war senior graduates and records their reminiscences (April 14)

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MIT-J holds welcome party for President and Mrs. P. E. Gray (November 7)

1985

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MIT-J holds welcome party for President Emeritus J. B. Wiesner (February 20)

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Massachusetts State Governor Michael Dukakis, jointly with Harvard Club of Japan and Amherst Club of Japan (March 11)

1986

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MIT-J holds welcome party for President and Mrs. P. E. Gray (March 12)

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MIT-J publishes the book “Seventy-Five Years of the MIT Association of Japan,” issues 1986 Directory of Members (1072 members), and holds seminar/party commemorating its 75th anniversary as well as 125th anniversary of MIT, with Prof. S. A. Goldblith as honored guest (October 31)

1987

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MIT-J holds seminar/party for junior members (June 27)

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Mr. and Mrs. R. Stata ’57, President of MIT-AA (October 15)

1988

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MIT-J holds party for senior members (April 30)

1990

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MIT-J issues 1990 Directory of Members (1520 members)  (April)

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Mr. & Mrs. H. Weinstein ’56, President of MIT-AA (April 25)

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Dr. Hajime Mitarai ’65 (御手洗 ) elected ninth president of MIT-J (October 1)

1991

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Chairman & Mrs. P. E. Gray and President & Mrs. C. M. Vest (November 6)

1993

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MIT-J holds MIT Science Party for Provost M. S. Wrighton and six other professors (January 19)

1994

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MIT-J holds welcome party for President and Mrs. C. M. Vest (January 28)

1995

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Chairman P. E. Gray (January 16)

1996

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Dr. Nobuyuki Kambe ’82 (神部信幸) elected tenth president of MIT-J (January 1)

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MIT-J holds welcome party for President C. M. Vest and MIT-AA Executive Vice President W. J. Hecht ’61 (January 19)

1997

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MIT-J holds welcome party for MIT-AA President, Mr. and Mrs. DuWayne Peterson ’55 and MIT-AA Executive VP, Mr. W. J. Hecht (April 16)

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MIT-J holds welcome party for Dean R. Brown and Prof. R. Brooks (September 30)

1998

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Dr. Koji Sasaki ’70 (佐々木浩二) elected eleventh president of MIT-J (February 13)

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MIT-J holds seminar/welcome party for MIT-AA President, Dr. R. M. Metcalfe ’68 and MIT-AA Executive VP Mr. W. J. Hecht (February 13)

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Breakfast meeting held welcoming Chairman and Mrs. A. V. d’Arbeloff ’49 (March 17)

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MIT-J issues 1998 Directory of Members (1645 members) (April)

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The first board of directors meeting is held (February 2) and two SSJ representatives joins the board

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The Young Casual Activity Committee is formed

1999

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MIT-J holds Annual General Meeting and welcome party for President and Mrs. Vest and Chancellor Bacow, and MIT Guests (January 18)

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MIT-J awards three former MIT-J presidents, Shigebumi Saito, Yukio Hori, and Hiroya Fujisaki, for their outstanding leadership and distinguished service to MIT-J (January 18)

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The first MIT Enterprise Forum of Japan held with the keynote speaker, Mr. Kenneth Morse, Managing Director for the Entrepreneurship Center (November 23)

2000     

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MIT-J holds Annual General Meeting and welcome party for MIT-AA President Brian Hughes and MIT-AA Executive VP W. J. Hecht (January 10)

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Bronze Beaver awarded to Dr. Hiroya Fujisaki, former President of MIT-J (September)

2001

 

 

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MIT-J holds Annual General Meeting and welcome party for Chairman A. V. d’Arbeloff and Dean T. L. Magnanti of Scholl of Engineering (January 23)

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The “Bylaws” of MIT-J approved at Annual General Meeting (January 23) and due membership introduced for the first time (January 23)

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MIT-J awards Mr. Kakuichiro Fujiyama (藤山覚一郎) for his outstanding leadership and distinguished service to MIT-J and Ms. Yumiko Mitarai (御手洗優美子) for her outstanding leadership in young casual activities and distinguished service in initiating MIT-J home page on the web (January 23)

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MIT-J home page officially launched (February)

Asia Club Officers Workshop held in Tokyo and reception held welcoming MIT-AA President and Mrs. P. Rudovsky and MIT-AA Executive VP W. Hecht (February 10)

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Seven leading members join the Trustee Committee for furthermore activating MIT-J (August)

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The first Business Plan Contest organized by MIT Enterprise Forum of Japan and successfully completed (August 28)

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MIT-J issues 2001 Directory of Members (1773 members) (September)

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Lobdell Award presented to Mr. Koji Sasaki for his distinguished service to MIT and MIT-AA  (September)