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Willy F. Vande Walle (November 21, 1949 – ) is a Belgian academic, author, sinologist and Japanologist.

Vande Walle was born in Roeselare, Belgium. His secondary education focused on classical humanities (Greek-Latin) at Klein Seminarie Roeselare (1962-1968). His studies in Oriental Philology and History at the State University of Ghent were rewarded with a doctorate in Oriental Philology in 1976.[1]



Vande Walle is tenured professor of Japanese Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven or KUL) in Belgium.[1] His classes in Japanese language, literature and history are taught in Dutch.[2] The KUL coursework is supplemented with active Internet learning programs linked to Japanese educational partners.[3]

Vande Walle is the Belgian coordinator for projects conducted by the European Association of Japanese Studies.[1]

In 2006, the Japanese government conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon-, which represents the third highest of eight classes associated with this award. The Japanese Ambassador to Belgium presented the award on behalf of the Emperor and government of Japan.[4]


Selected works


  1. ^ a b c d e Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUV): CV
  2. ^ KUV: course summary
  3. ^ Meyvis, Ludo. "Japanologie zoekt nieuwe wegen," Campus krant (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). 10 May 2004.
  4. ^ Embassy of Japan in Belgium: "Acceptance speech pronounced by Professor W.F. Vande Walle upon the conferment of the order of the rising sun with gold rays and neck ribbon," 9 June 2006.


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