History of the Okuma Auditorium: Visitors to Waseda University
3) Keep your pride as Waseda students intact: 1970s & 1980s
Hideki Kojima (politics in 1970)
Writer & member of the editional board of Waseda University Alumni Bulletin
Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist, known for his book The Third Wave
June 30, 1971 (Showa 46)
Visited Waseda University; the Okuma Auditorium was thronged with students welcoming Prof. Toffler. TV stations also broadcast the event.
The campus riots took place in the 1970s and there were much fewer lectures. At the graduation ceremony on March 25, 1971 (Showa 46), Tatsuzo Ishikawa delivered a congratulatory address entitled "Go Ahead toward a New Ideal Society." "In prosperity, there is something very empty, something anarchic, degenerate ... I hope your great effort, your great enthusiasm, will give this chaotic, anarchic society order and integrity and that you will hand it over to the next generation." He dropped off of Waseda University; won the first Akutagawa Prize for Sobo (The Common People) and the Kikuchi Kan Prize. Other novels include Ningen no Kabe and Kinkanshoku (Solar Eclipse).
On May 25, 1981 (Showa 56), Fiddler on the Roof, a musical and rare long run in Japan while is was starring Morishige Hisaya, was put on the stage of the Okuma Auditorium when Waseda University celebrated the 100th anniversary of its establishment. The Auditorium was thronged with 1,400 students who applauded heartily Morishige's inspired performance. The eminent actor encouraged students at his alma mater, saying, "Recently, the media has reported a lot about Waseda but I want you to keep your pride as Waseda students intact. I also want this story of a poor Jewish peasant will be impressed forcibly on your consciousness."
On April 15, 1982 (Showa 57), French President François Mitterrand was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. After serving as the First Secretary of the Socialist Party since 1971, he was defeated in a near tie by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing at the 1974 presidential election and became the fourth President of the Fifth Republic at the 1981 presidential election. France saw a glorious age under Mitterrand's presidency.
On May 25, George McGovern, former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, delivered a lecture. On June 21, James William Fulbright, a member of the U. S. Senate, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. He served as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee for 16 years and in 1945 established the Fulbright Scholarship programs for educational exchange between the United States and other nations worldwide.
Independence and Freedom of Learning & Anti-Elitist Philosophy
Masaru Ibuka, Honorary Chairman of Sony Corporation
October 3, 1979 (Showa 54)
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate
October 21, 1982 (Showa 57)
Delivered a congratulatory address as a representative of the alumni at the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Waseda University
On October 21, at the ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Waseda University, Tadao Ishikawa, President of Keio University, said in his congratulatory address, "Waseda University has surmounted this difficulty due to strong comradeship and solidarity among its alumni and faculty members based on the independence and freedom of learning and anti-elitist philosophy." Also, Masaru Ibuka, Honorary Chairman of Sony Corporation, said in his congratulatory address, "Waseda University can show its true worth only by establishing ties with our society."
On October 16, Yasushi Inoue delivered a lecture entitled "Silk Road and Others." Graduated from Kyoto University (Department of Philosophy), he joined the headquarters of Mainichi Shimbun in Osaka; won the Akutagawa Prize for Togyu (The Bullfight) and was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit. Other novels include Tempyo no Iraka (The Roof Tile of Tempyo), Hyoheki (Wall of Ice), Tonko (Tun-huang), Futo (Wind and Waves) and Furin Kazan (The Samurai Banner of Furin Kazan).
Herbert von Karajan, Resident Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
October 13, 1979 (Showa 54)
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate; conducted the Waseda Symphony Orchestra
On November 12, 1986 (Showa 61), Corazon Aquino, President of the Philippines, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. When her husband, Benigno Aquino, Jr., was assassinated because of his opposition to President Ferdinand Marcos, she became the focus of the opposition to the autocratic rule of President Marcos. At 1986 presidential election, both Marcos and Aquino claimed to have won it, which triggered the People Power Revolution. Consequently, Aquino won the presidency and Marcos was forced into exile in Hawaii.
On March 25, 1987 (Showa 62), Fumio Niwa, an authority in letters, made a speech as a Waseda University artistic contributor. His works include Nichinichi no Haishin (Daily Betrayal), Kinryoku (Game Preserve), Shinran and Rennyo. He said he had joined Waseda University because his senior at junior high said, "You should join Waseda if you want to be a writer." "But I could not write a single piece during six years at Waseda." "What is at the core of my writing was my affection toward my mother."On March 13, 1988 (Showa 63), at the ceremony in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Shigenobu Okuma's birth, Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita delivered a lecture. "Among post-war Waseda alumni, I
was the first to become a member of the Diet" and my juniors who held a congratulatory ceremony for me at the Okuma Auditorium thought, "If a member of the Diet is allowed to make such a poor speech, I'll be able to be one." Later, many Waseda alumni became members of the Diet, including "Toshiki Kaifu, Keizo Obuchi, Takao Fujinami, Takeo Nishioka, Kozo Watanabe, Hikaru Matsunaga, Yoshiro Mori, Yohei Kono and Tokuichiro Tamazawa. So, let me say this: If I had made a wonderful speech on that occasion, you could not have become members of the Diet on your own. It was my poor speech that encouraged you."
Joint Performance by Brothers Koshiro Matsumoto and Kichiemon Nakamura
October 30, 1982 (Showa 57)
Kabuki performance Kanjincho in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Waseda University
Benkei: Koshiro Matsumoto
Togashi: Kichiemon Nakamura
In May, novelists, poets and other writers delivered lectures. Hiroyuki Itsuki's lecture on May 16 was entitled "Reading between the lines." He dropped off of Waseda University (Department of Russian Literature); won the Shosetsu Gendai New Writers Award for Saraba Mosukuwa Gurentai (Farewell to the Hoodlums of Moscow), the Naoki Prize for Aozameta uma wo miyo (The Spooked Horse), the Eiji Yoshikawa Literary Award for Seishun no mon: Chikuho hen (The Gate of Youth). Taiga no Itteki (A Single Drop of Water in a Mighty River) was a best-selling novel. He also was awarded the Kikuchi Kan Prize in 2002.
On the 17th, Machi Tawara delivered a lecture entitled "People I Encountered." While studying at the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences I, she wrote tanka under the tutorship of Yukitsuna Sasaki. Salad Anniversary was a bestseller, which received the 32nd Modern Japanese Poets Association Award.
On the 19th, Jun Eto delivered a lecture entitled "Shigenobu Okuma and his Age." Graduated from Keio University (Department of Literature), he published a literary criticism on Soseki Natsume in Mita Bungaku, which attracted public attention. He was professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Keio University and also known as a conservative critic; won the Shinchosha Literary Prize for Hideo Kobayashi, the Kikuchi Kan Prize for Soseki and his Age, and the Japan Art Academy Award in 1975. In 1999, Eto wrote several brief suicide notes and ended his life.
On the 20th, Seicho Matsumoto delivered a lecture entitled "On Shigenobu Okuma." Graduated from an upper elementary school, he joined the Asahi Shimbun Company: submitted a novel Saigo Satsu (Saigo's Notes) to the Shuukan Asahi (Weekly Asahi) novel contest and won a prize for his work; won the Akutagawa Prize for Aru 'Kokura Nikki' Den (An "Kokura Diary" Saga). His detective stories Ten to sen (Dots and Lines) and Me no Kabe (Wall of Eyes) were bestsellers and created a "Matsumoto Seicho boom" together with a Japanese original genre of social detective stories.
On October 20, Ryotaro Shiba delivered a lecture entitled "On Civilization and Culture." Born Teiichi Fukuda; his pseudonym means being far more inferior to Sima Qian. While working for the Sankei Shimbun, he won the Naoki Prize for Fukuro no Shiro (Owls' Castle). His unique view of history was called "Shiba Shikan." Other novels include Ryoma ga Yuku (Ryoma moves ahead), Moeyo Ken (The Blazing Sword aka Turbulence), Saka no ue no Kumo (Clouds over the Hill) and Tobu ga Gotoku (Takamori Saigo).