"To all those who remember me in Tokyo, be certain that there is life after retirement. You've just got to find your niche," Joe Grace said.

Joe found his in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he teaches Japanese literature and history at Vilnius University. His students, he said, "are studying the languages and culture of Asia. As future entrepreneurs, diplomats, writers and educators, they are the generation that will forge ties with the Far East. How great it feels to contribute to their training."

Many people in Tokyo remember Joe as a travel man. Some know him as a playwright, author and newspaper columnist. He speaks, as well as his native English, Lithuanian and Polish learned in childhood from his parents, Russian studied in Boston and Japanese acquired "through the kitchen door."