Ateneo's PH-Japan specialist passes away


Posted at Aug 04 2014 06:49 PM | Updated as of Aug 05 2014 03:35 AM

Dr. Lydia N. Yu Jose of Ateneo de Manila University

MANILA - Noted academic Dr. Lydia N. Yu Jose of Ateneo de Manila University died early Sunday morning after a six-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Dr. Jose did groundbreaking research on Philippines-Japan Relations such as “Japan Views the Philippines: 1900 – 1944” and co-edited the authoritative “Philippines-Japan Relations” with Dr. Ikehata Setsuho, former president of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

In 2012, the Japanese government conferred Dr. Jose with a decoration of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon “for her contributions to the enrichment of Japanese studies in the Philippines, and for promoting mutual appreciation and friendship between Japan and the Philippines.”

Japan Foreign Minister Taro Aso signed a testimonial in her honor in 2006 in recognition of her work as the director of Ateneo's Japanese Studies Program, off and on for eight years.

She had been teaching in Ateneo since 1967 and did a stint at the International Christian University in Japan from 1969 to 1971 as a research student under the Japanese government scholarship program.

She is survived by her spouse, University of the Philippines historian Dr. Ricardo T. Jose, with whom she produced several books on the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines.

Her remains lie in state at the Loyola Memorial Park chapel in Marikina. Masses will be held daily at 7 p.m., with a testimonial after the 7 p.m. Wednesday mass. An 8 a.m. mass will be held this Thursday (August 7), followed by cremation at 9 a.m.