Shōichi Watanabe (渡部 昇一, Watanabe Shōichi, 15 September 1930 – 17 April 2017) was a Japanese-born English scholar. Watanabe was one of Japan’s more important cultural critics.
Watanabe became successively lecturer at Tsuruoka, assistant professor and full professor, until his retirement. He served as emeritus professor at the same university until his death. He was chairman of the Japan Bibliophile Society. His personal collection of books on English philology (see Bibliography) was perhaps his most important contribution to the field of English philology in Japan, containing many rare items.
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- "永久保存版 - 三派合同 大アンケート", Shokun!, February 2001, 166.
- Conservative English scholar Shoichi Watanabe dies at 86