Photograph: Miwa Kai, right, Columbia's retired librarian of the Japanese Section of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, was honored recently by the Emperor of Japan for her dedicated service. The Order of the Precious Crown, Wisteria, was conferred upon her in recognition of her efforts toward supporting and developing a closer relationship and understanding between the United States and Japan. She traveled to Japan to receive the high honor, which was presented by the librarian of the National Diet Library in Tokyo, Shin'ichirô Ogata, left. Following the ceremony, she and other honorees were the guests of the Emperor at a reception in the Imperial Palace. Although Miwa Kai officially retired in 1983 after 39 years at Columbia, she has continued her work toward making the Starr Library's rare and special collections more accessible to the public.
Columbia University Record -- April 26, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 25