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Approaching this question, we can mention that exchanges of letters between Sorokin and Japanese scholars date back to the 1950s, notably with Mikio Hosokawa, now professor emeritus at Reitaku University. These are preserved in the Sorokin Collection at the Murray Library, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Subsequently, Sergei Sorokin corresponded with representatives of the Hiroike Institute of Education while arrangements were begin made to translate and publish Japanese editions of "Altruistic Love" and "The Ways and Power of Love," released respectively in 1977 and 1985. These were considered of special importance for the altruism-fostering programs this Institute supports. Over the last several years our Foundation has provided Professor Michikuni Ohno of Kyoto Tachibana University with reference materials for his research on Pitirim Sorokin's contributions to the field of cultural sociology. The result, "Pitirim Sorokin Revisited: The Possibility of a Cultural Sociology" by Ohno and Svetlana Korneeva was just published in Japan (2014, see figure). The name of Koji Yoshino should also be mentioned among contemporary Japanese sociologists having deep interest in Sorokin's ideas. In 2005 he defended a doctoral dissertation "Pitirim A. Sorokin's Integral Sociology: A Convergence between Religious and Secular Values" at Hitotsubashi University. A version of this in English entitled, "A Critical Note on Sorokin Study in Japan: Retrospect from the View of Integralism," provides a substantial historical overview of interest in Pitirim's intellectual heritage in Japan. Currently, Yoshino is a professor at Chonnam National University in South Korea.

 

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