Dr. Michitoshi Soga receives a Foreign Minister's Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in August 2012
Dr. Michitoshi Soga joined the WMU physics faculty in 1968. In 1986, he
transitioned to a half-time teaching load while serving half-time as an
administrative officer for the Office of International Affairs. In 1993,
Dr. Soga retired from teaching and worked full-time in the international
office until his retirement in 1996. He worked tirelessly for decades to
build relationships and linkages in Japan by setting up programs with
Japanese universities, hosting Japanese students attending WMU, and
helping to build a Japanese alumni network.
28-year legacy of bridge-building between his native land and Kalamazoo
through the exchange of faculty, students, and business leaders was
honored by Western Michigan University in 2006 with the founding of the Michitoshi Soga Japan
Center. The Soga Japan Center commits itself to
making fundamental advances in our knowledge of Japanese history,
culture, business, science and technology. In so doing, it serves as a
generative force in international education. For additional details about the Soga Japan Center and its work, please visit the Center's web site.
Dr. Soga passed away on March 3, 2013, but his legacy will remain within the Center. If you would like to make a gift to the Soga Japan Center in Dr. Soga's memory, please click the button above.