On June 15, Dr. Richard Noll, associate professor of psychology, was awarded the title of Honorary Visiting Professor from the University of Shiga Prefecture in Hikone. He was only the third person, and first non-Japanese scholar, to receive that honor. Previous awards went to a distinguished anthropologist that founded the National Museum of Anthropology and to a chemist who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1981.
Noll was awarded a research fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He made formal presentations at two universities and at the National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU) in Osaka. He also did fieldwork among ascetic Buddhist monks on Mt. Omine in Nara Prefecture and among indigenous Ryukyuan mediums/shamans in Okinawa known as yuta.