Daiwa Scholars 1992 completed their Scholarship in April 1994.
Between them, the seven Daiwa Scholars 1992 studied at seven different universities from across the UK. Their studies encompassed Jewellery Making; Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE); History; Natural Sciences; Engineering Sciences; and Electronic Engineering.
About the scholars
Sarah Aderonke ADENLE
Sarah Aderonke Adenle was awarded a B.A (HONS) in Jewellery Studies at the Central St Martins College of Art and Design in 1990, followed by an M.A (HONS) in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in 1992. She was particularly interested in the arts and crafts of Japan, and Japanese skill and craftsmanship.
In her second year in Japan Ronke worked in the studio of the Japanese jeweller Professor Reiko Yamada and at the Tokyo University for Fine Arts.
Ruth Dodsworth was awarded a B.A (HONS) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics by Oriel College, Oxford in 1992. She wished to gain a first hand experience of Japanese culture in order to help her in pursuing a multi-national career.
Ruth’s homestay in Japan was in Akita City in Akita Prefecture. During her year in Japan she worked in the office of Mr Koichi Kato, a Japanese politician. After completing the Scholarship she joined the police force.
Jerome Ranawake was awarded a B.A (HONS) in History by Clare College, Cambridge in 1992. His interest in Japan was sparked after taking a course examining development contrasts between Japan and the West.
Jerome’s homestay in Japan was in Niigata City in Niigata Prefecture. During his year in Japan he worked as a journalist at the Yomiuri Shimbun, writing articles in Japanese for the daily edition of the newspaper.
He hoped to become a journalist after returning from Japan. He is now a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP Law Practice in New York City.
Saul Rubin was awarded a B.A (HONS) in Natural Sciences by Queens’ College, Cambridge, in 1992. He was interested in Japan particularly due to its industrial influence. Saul’s homestay in Japan was in Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture.
During his year in Japan he worked as a journalist at Sankei Shimbun, writing articles in Japanese for various editions of the newspaper. He is now a Specialist Autos Fund Manager at Silverstone Capital LLP.
Christopher Swords was awarded a B.A. (HONS) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, in 1991, followed by an M.A (HONS) in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex in 1992. He was particularly interested in aiming for an improved understanding between European and Japanese societies.
Christopher’s homestay in Japan was in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture. In his year in Japan he worked for NHK Television, in radio and TV current affairs. He hoped to continue to work in Japan for a while on completion of his Scholarship He is currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs at ITV.
Michael Thorpe was awarded a B.Eng (HONS) in Engineering Science at the University of Exeter in 1987. Subsequently he worked for four years at the Nissan European Technology Centre in the United Kingdom. Having already visited Japan on an exchange scheme for engineering undergraduates, he wished to contribute to European-Japanese relations.
Michael’s homestay in Japan was in Aomori City in Aomori Prefecture. In his second year in Japan he worked at the Asia Research Institute and at the Ministry for International Trade and Industry. After completing his Scholarship he planned to continue to work based in Japan. He is currently an Engineer for Nihon Parametric Technology KK.
Helen Waite was awarded a B.Eng (HONS) in Electronic Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 1992. She became particularly interested in learning the Japanese language and culture after training in the Electronics Research Laboratory in Kobe, and traveling around the country.
Helen’s homestay in Japan was in Yamagata City in Yamagata Prefecture. During her second year in Japan she worked in the Planning Department of the semi-conductor division of NEC in Tokyo. She is now a Principal Engineer at Huawei Technologies in France.