The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University annually awards the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes for the Translation of Japanese Literature. A prize is given for the best translation of a modern work or a classical work, or the prize is divided between equally distinguished translations. Translators must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the Keene Center will award the Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prizes and Grants of varying amounts and divided between to outstanding translations by non-citizens or non-permanent-residents of the United States; prizes for translations of particular scholarly merit or significance; grants to promising translations-in-progress; subventions for forthcoming publication of especially deserving translations; and, in rare cases, lifetime achievement awards for translators with particularly distinguished careers.
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