Daiwa Scholars 2010

Daiwa Scholars 2010 departed for Tokyo in September 2010, had their graduation on 15 March 2012 and completed the programme on 31 March 2012.  Their profiles at the time of their graduation can be found here.

For this year’s intake, the Foundation selected six Scholars.

In total, they have studied at five different universities and their subject areas encompass Biodiversity, Conservation and Management; History, Modern Languages (French) and Linguistics, Physics, Social and Political Sciences, and Spanish and Music.

About the scholars

Martin Gadsden

Martin Gadsden has a MSc degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford and a BSc degree in Zoology from University College London. He has been continuing with his Master’s thesis research and is preparing it for publication. He is seeking to pursue an international career in environmental management or consultancy.

Martin’s homestay in Japan was in Ishigaki City in the Okinawa Prefecture. His work placement was at World WildLife Fund.Martin is currently working in London for AMED, the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development.

Thomas Hammond

Thomas Hammond has an undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His interests in Japan relate to literature, aesthetics, film and music. He is seeking to pursue a career in cultural diplomacy and to write on Japanese culture and society for an informed general readership.

Thomas’s homestay in Japan was in Nara City in Nara Prefecture. His homestay was at The Japan Foundation. Thomas is now an Educational Consultant.


Joseph Hood

Joseph Hood has a BA degree in Spanish and Music from the Open University. He has made 4 visits to Japan since 2002, most recently working as an intern on ‘The Times’ in Tokyo. He is seeking a career as a musician, combining performance and composition with comparative research on approaches to composition in Japan and the UK.

Joe’s homestay was in Haebaru City in Okinawa Prefecture. His work placement was at Hostess Entertainment and Kreab & Gavin Anderson. Joe is currently working at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Tokyo.

Samuel Illingworth

Samuel Illingworth has a PhD in Physics from the University of Leicester. He is hoping to establish links with Japanese scientists in the field of atmospheric physics. His career ambition is to combine his scientific and theatrical interests through science education.

Sam’s homestay in Japan was in Toyako City in Hokkaido. His work placement was at Saitama Arts Theatre, Saitama Arts Foundation and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Sam is currently a lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University.

You can read more about Sam in the “Scholars Experiences” section of the website.

Richard Jones

Richard Jones has an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages (French) and Linguistics at the University of Oxford. He is interested in Japanese theatre forms such as Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku and is seeking to pursue a career as an opera director, exploring new performance genres which combine Western and Japanese elements.

Richard’s homestay in Japan was in Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture. His work placement was at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan; New National Theatre Tokyo.

Following the Scholarship he worked at the Tokyo College of Foreign Languages. Richard is currently back in the UK.


Emily Skinner

Emily Skinner has an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Cambridge. In addition to her interest in Japan from a linguistic, historical and diplomatic perspective, she would also like to learn more about Japanese culture and the arts. She aspires to consolidate her knowledge of Japanese, while seeking to develop a career in the diplomatic service.

Emily’s homestay in Japan was in two different cities and prefectures, Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture and Morioka City in Iwate Prefecture. Her work placement was at Hogan Lovells, Tokyo. Emily Skinner is currently employed as a solicitor at Hogan Lovells, London.

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