Thursday, November 12, 2015  
Jones honored by Japanese Foreign Minister | Melkote co-authors 'Communication for Development'
Akiko Jones (left) with Mitsuhiro Wada, Consul General of Japan, who presented the award from Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Akiko Kawano Jones, Asian studies, was surrounded by more than 100 of her friends, family, colleagues from Bowling Green and beyond, and current and former students while she was presented the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation on Nov. 6. Mitsuhiro Wada, Consul General of Japan, presented the award from Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in recognition of her "outstanding efforts toward mutual understanding between Japan and the United States, with distinguished achievements which have contributed to Japan's friendship and goodwill with other countries."

The foreign minister's award tops the list of numerous recognitions Jones has received.

Over her 30 years of teaching, Jones has embraced her students as her own, teaching them not only the Japanese language but also the culture, taking them on trips to Japan and arranging internships for them with Japanese companies. In 2014, she established the Akiko Kawano Jones Study Abroad Scholarship to enable students to study in Japan.

She has also assisted Japanese businesses locating in northwest Ohio and served on Ohio trade missions to Japan. All those speaking in tribute to her noted her gentle but effective role in making things happen.

In accepting the award, Jones noted that when she came to the United States 45 years ago, people were so unfamiliar with Japanese life that they often asked her questions such as what happened to the "paper houses" when it rained. Today, she said, happily there is much greater cultural awareness.

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Dr. Srinivas Melkote
The world has changed dramatically since the first edition of Drs. Srinivas Melkote and Leslie Steeves' book on communication for development was published in 1991. Since then, globalization has revolutionized the basic way in which we conceptually divide the world, according to Melkote, School of Media and Communication, and Steeves, School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

Now in its third edition, the book has a new title and a different focus. Completely revised and updated, "Communication for Development: Theory and Practice for Empowerment and Social Justice" was published this fall by Sage Publications. The two previous editions ("Communication for Development in the Third World," 1991 and 2001) are core texts on development communication and are used by universities around the world.

"With emerging technologies and digital media, old terms have changed and new terms have been added," Melkote said. The third edition reviews the history of development communication and analyzes diverse approaches, along with presenting the latest scholarship on the topic.



The Falcon Marching Band presents "Sounds of the Stadium," a concert of highlights from this year's selections, at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 15) in Kobacker Hall.

"A Perfect Wedding," a tale of love, befuddled lovers and the wedding day antics of a young couple, opens Nov. 19.

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