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::: Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship Inaugural Award Ceremony (Australian National University, Canberra) ::: [ Speech ]

I am Yuki Hokari, the older sister of Minoru Hokari. Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to address you today in this wonderful occasion.

It has been 2 years since my dearest brother, Minoru, left us. I spend every day chasing my two children and I am so occupied to work on his memorial website or do something related to him or his work that I almost forget he is not here with me any more. Then, all of the sudden, the reality of this huge loss strikes me.

Since he always had hoped to get better, he refused to say good bye to anyone. Many people could not see him while he was sick and still have some regrets for not having done enough for him. To keep his memory alive and keep his work moving forward with young scholars, this scholarship fund was established. For those who know Mino, this fund is all about being connected with him.

The network connected to Mino is getting bigger and bigger, through his work, the website and this scholarship. His Japanese book "Radical Oral History" has been selling really well and the fifth batch of copies have printed recently, which adds up to 3500 copies in total. In Japan, we had a conference this past April, discussing Mino's work and more than 100 people gathered from various areas of study.

I assume most of you know my brother in person and you probably see some resemblance with me. I always felt that we were so different, but his friends told me that two of us are the two sides of one coin. We are quite different in personality, but I guess we have the same roots. It is funny that my parents originally thought I would be a scholar and Mino would be a successful businessman, but it turns out to be a complete opposite. And while Mino had such a fulfilled life, I never enjoyed working in Wall Street.

Over the last two years, there has been so many people involved in fundraising activities. In the beginning, donations and help came from those who were close to Mino. Then, those who know Mino indirectly came in. Now, those who never met Mino are joining the activities.

Probably with my wall street nature, I am always thinking about how to raise money for this fund. When I heard about a partial disposal of Mino's two translations from the publisher, I wanted to save as many copies as possible. After all that's my brother's work.

In order to work on this problem, I had to overcome three main obstacles; business, academics and emotions. As I went through the process, I thought about how my bother would have dealt with this situation. He was so good at helping many people work together in overcoming obstacles. It came natural to him.

For example, in Japan, the disposal of books is often unavoidable due to high inventory costs. Although the editor who knows Mino personally tried his best to save all the copies, he could only do so much against business decision of the company. Often the author can buy the books at a discount. Interestingly, the discount does not change even for the books that are going to be disposed. However, the editor gave me a much deeper discount so that I could make some profit to donate the scholarship fund. This was done because he was compassionate about Mino's work and his untimely death.

When I tried to understand about this disposal process, I consulted some academics. They felt bad about the situation, but told me that it was common practice for academic books. Despite some discouragements and warnings, such as "Academics don't write books for money," I wanted to give it a shot. I would not accept it.

So, I sent out e-mail to ask for help, suggesting I would donate ANU's memorial scholarship fund from the sale. The reaction to my call was amazing. My mail was forwarded to so many different people and some forwarded it to a mailing list, some offered to write on their blogs, and I received several orders every day for a few months. As a result, I sold roughly 150 copies each, which were more than 100 orders in total. Even the editor who sold me the books at a substantial discount was amazed with the result and questioned their own ability to publicize books.

My father packed the books to mail out every day. Payment came in as they received the books. We raised about A$1500 from the sale. With my husband's employer's matching gift program, I also doubled the donation.

There are good hearts everywhere. People feel attached to what Mino accomplished and what he would have done. All we need to do is to create the outlet for those good hearts and feelings to come out. Money will come eventually.

Mino always found a way to make very different people work together for a greater good. Maybe that is the lifelong assignment Mino left me. I feel working on raising money for his memorial scholarship is a part of this assignment. The website and this fund make me keep going. I feel like I finally found my "career" and I enjoy it.

This scholarship fund is a core of our passion for Mino. I truly feel his life did not end two years ago. I appreciate Prof. Ann McGrath's idea and efforts to establish this fund, the endowment office hardwork to keep it organized, and everyone's involvement for fundraising. We are all connected to Mino. We are all excited to see the Minoru Hokari Scholars and to see Mino's dream move forward.

I am nearly the end of my speech, so I would like to share some of my dearest brother Mino's wisdom with you. When I face difficulties in various types of relationships such as my family, my friends and in-laws, I always remember my brother's advice. "First, you have to change yourself. You have to change things on your side, then see if others will do the same. If she sees you changed, then what would she do? If she changes for the better, that's great. If she still does not change, oh well, but you have done things on your side, so now you can decide if you should let it go or if you keep working on the relationship." I am telling you that it works really well every time I follow this advice.

On behalf of my parents and my dearest brother, I want to say Thank you very much again to Prof. Ann McGrath and all the members in Endowment office to make this happen. It is very exciting to see our first Minoru Hokari scholar here today and thank you very much for attending this wonderful event today.

Yuki Hokari
July 5, 2006
Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship Inaugural Award Ceremony (Australian National University, Canberra)

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この奨学基金は、私達が保苅実に対して抱えている情熱の核です。弟の人生が2年前に終わってしまったとは私は思っていません。この基金の設立を考案してくださったAnn McGrath教授や、この基金を管理してくださっている事務局の皆さん、そして、寄付集めに協力してくださった大勢の方達に、心から御礼を申し上げます。私達は皆、今も保苅実とつながっています。今回、保苅実記念奨学金が一人の研究者に受賞されること、そして、彼の夢がまた一歩前進することを興奮しながら見つめています。




両親と最愛の弟に代わって、ここでもう一度、Ann McGrath教授と事務局の皆さんに、この奨学基金を設立してくださったこと、管理してくださっていることに、心より御礼を申し上げます。今日、この場で初めての受賞者を迎えられることは本当に嬉しいことです。皆様、本日お集まりくださり、本当にありがとうございました。

2006年7月5日 オーストラリア国立大学
保苅実記念奨学金 第一回授与式にて