Bill Gordon

Since 2004, I have been involved in the creation of a web site on Japanese kamikaze pilots. This web site contains critical essays that analyze the images and perceptions formed about kamikaze pilots and their suicidal actions at the end of World War II. The site has many personal stories, translations of writings by kamikaze pilots, critical reviews of books and films, and web pages with information on Japanese museums and monuments.

I am interested in the history of the Friendship Dolls exchanged between Japan and the U.S., and I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit many Japanese elementary schools and kindergartens that still have Friendship Dolls sent from American children in 1927. I maintain a web site about the Friendship Dolls and their continuing role in promoting understanding, peace, and friendship between children and adults in Japan and America.

I earned my MA in Advanced Japanese Studies from the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., and I received an MA in Liberal Studies degree from Wesleyan University with a concentration in Computerized Communications.  I also have an MBA in Finance and Accounting and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University. Currently I am completing at Wesleyan University the thesis for my MPhil degree with a concentration in Social Sciences.

I work as a financial manager at Pratt & Whitney, a leading company in the manufacture and service of aircraft engines. Previous positions have been at International Aero Engines, United Technologies, Dresser Industries (merged with Halliburton Company in 1998), and Arthur Andersen. I hold the following professional certifications: CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFPIM.

I enjoy working with my wife Noriko in participating in international exchange activities between Japan and America.
   
 

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e-mail address: wgordon@wesleyan.edu