According to the university’s official website on Tuesday, the school board made the official decision on July 22 ― before the present office holder’s term expires. Kang will serve in the position for five years from April 2014.
A 64-year-old scholar who has taught at Seigakuin since 2013, was born and raised in Kumamoto, Kyushu island, as the third son of a Korean migrant. After studying political science at Waseda University, he became a full professor at the University of Tokyo in 1998, also the first time for a Korean to take up such a post at Japan’s top university.
For more than 15 years, Kang has published many contribution articles and joined media forums as a commentator and a critic, discussing the Korean-Japanese identity, nuclear war and Korea-Japan relationships, and the conflict-laden history of Japan’s colonization.
Kang has published more than 20 books including “Heart,“ his latest novel about the March 11, 2011, earthquake, which is currently a bestseller in Japan.
By Jin Eun-soo (email@example.com)