Daiwa Scholars 1999 completed their Scholarship in April 2001.
Between them, the seven Daiwa Scholars 1999 studied at five different universities from across the UK. Their studies encompassed Contemporary East European Studies, Electronic Engineering with Applied Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Modern History and English and Physics.
About the scholars
Victoria James completed a BA (Hons) degree in Modern History and English at Merton College, University of Oxford in 1995. At the time of applying for the Scholarship, she aspired to a career in academic work, journalism and creative writing. Victoria’s homestay while in Japan was in Hokkaido, and her work placement was at Sophia University where she was Editorial Assistant for Monumenta Nipponica.
She is currently an author.
Victoria is working on the the Dark Gifts trilogy, a dystopian story set in Britain. The first book, Gilded Cage was published in the UK in 2017 by PanMacmillan and in the US/Canada by PenguinRandomHouse/DelRey, in December 2016. Tarnished City, the second of Vic James’s electrifying Dark Gifts Trilogy is out in September 2017. (http://www.vicjames.co.uk/books).
Ian Paterson completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Engineering at the University of Cambridge in 1992. At the time of applying for the Scholarship, he was employed as a geotechnical engineer with particular expertise in soil mechanics at Ove Arup & Partners.
His homestay while in Japan was in Matsumoto Shi in Nagano Prefecture. His work placement was with Pacific Consultants International, where he continues to work.
Dr John Pinney
John Pinney completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics at Sheffield University in 1999. At the time of applying for the Scholarship, John hoped to pursue a doctorate in theoretical physics. His homestay in Japan was in Takayama shi in Gifu Prefecture.
His work placement was with the Particle Theory Group at Tokyo Metropolitan University. He is a Royal Society Fellow at Imperial College, London.
Dr Ian Rapley
Ian Rapley completed a Master’s degree in Mathematics at Lincoln College, University of Oxford in 1999. His homestay in Japan was in Naoiri Machi (Taketa Shi) in Oita Prefecture, and his work placement was at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Having worked for Orbis, he then joined the Department of History at Cardiff University where he is a lecturer in East Asian Studies.
Christopher Sachno completed a BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering with Applied Physics at Durham University in 1999. At the time of applying for the Scholarship, he hoped to pursue a doctorate with a view to working in industry.
His homestay in Japan was in Hiratsuka Shi in Kanagawa Prefecture and his work placement was with NTT DoCoMo. Chris now works for Apple Inc. in Japan.
Anna Strongman completed a BA (Hons) degree in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge in 1998 and an MPhil in Social and Economic Industry in June 1999. At the time of applying for the Scholarship, she hoped to pursue a career in Welfare Administration.
Anna’s homestay was in Kakunodate Machi (Senboku Shi) in Akita Prefecture. Her work placement was at the Japan Productivity Centre, where she conducted research into the labour market. Back in London, Anna has been working as a consultant at Argent Estates Limited.
Craig Thompson completed a BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary East European Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London in 1998. At the time of applying for the Scholarship, he aspired to a career in journalism or as a producer of radio or television news programmes.
Craig’s homestay while in Japan was in Tokushima Shi in Tokushima Prefecture. His work placements were at the Institute for International Policy Studies, Japan and at the Institute for International Affairs, Keio University. He has been working as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.