Lifelong Scholar of the Japanese Becomes One of Them
(…) Last year, as many foreign residents and even Japanese left the country for fear of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident (…), Dr. Keene purposefully went the opposite direction. He announced that he would apply for Japanese citizenship to show his support.
The gesture won Dr. Keene (…) a status approaching that of folk hero, making him the subject of endless celebratory newspaper articles, television documentaries and even displays in museums.
It has been a surprising culmination of an already notable career that saw this quiet man with a bashful smile rise from a junior naval officer (…) to a founder of Japanese studies in the United States. That career has made him a rare foreigner, awarded by the emperor one of Japan’s highest honors for his contributions to Japanese literature and befriended by Japan’s most celebrated novelists.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What do you think: Has Donald Keene become a Japanese after obtaining the Japanese citizenship? Why?
2. Have you heard of Donald Keene before reading this article? What and where did you hear?