November 9, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Government of Japan announced the foreign recipients of the 2011 Fall Imperial Decorations on Nov. 3. Dr. William R. Farrell (CNCS 1980) is one of 5 Americans among 53 recipients who will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his significant contributions to the promotion of friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.
Farrell, of Middletown, Rhode Island, is the Chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, a former professor at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), and former executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ).
Dr. William R. Farrell currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Naval War College's College of Distance Education and resident Electives Department.
Dr. Farrell was born in 1944 in New York. His connections with Japan began in 1968 when he became a student at the Department of Defense Foreign Language Institute in California. For more than 40 years, he has committed to deepening Japan-U.S. relations in wide-ranging capacities, serving as a career military officer, a college professor, a business leader, as well as becoming a pivotal figure in grassroots activities.
Dr. Farrell served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer. After learning Japanese at the Department of Defense Foreign Language Institute he was stationed in Japan for six years in total. From 1982 to 1990, he served as Professor of Management at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC). He assumed a liaison role between the NWC and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and mentored the resident JMSDF students as well as their families.
From 1990 to 1995, he served as Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). He facilitated U.S. companies’ willingness and ability to do business in Japan while helping improve the international business environment in Japan. Through directing various activities of the ACCJ, he contributed to the promotion of business and economic relations between Japan and the United States.
Since 2003, Dr. Farrell has been serving as Chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS). The only national non-profit network across North America dedicated to public education about Japan, the NAJAS’ mission is to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of Japan and the United States. Focusing on grassroots relationships, he has taken the initiative to promote educational, cultural and business programs about Japan and Japan-U.S. relations and has been an inspirational leader to the 37 members of the National Association in North America. Additionally, he has been a board member of the Japan-America Society of Rhode Island for over 20 years.
Dr. Farrell holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Florida State University, and a B.A. from Fordham University. He was an Advanced Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs and the Reischauer Institute. He has authored three books including his most recent, Crisis and Opportunity in a Changing Japan,
published by Quorum Books (1999).
His affiliation with NWC began as a College of Naval Command and Staff student in 1979-1980. His NWC positions included Air Force faculty member, Department of Management 1982-1986; professor of Management, Department of Management (renamed National Security Decision-Making Department) 1986-1990; and currently as adjunct professor teaching in the College of Distance Education and resident Electives Department, NWC, 2008 to present.
During his tenure at NWC, Farrell developed case studies and readings for the curriculum, published articles in the NWC Review and received funding from the Naval War College Foundation for researching a book, Blood and Rage, The Story of the Japanese Army, Lexington Books.