Daiwa Scholars 2006 completed the programme in 2008.
For this year’s intake, the Foundation selected eight Scholars, five women and three men.
In total, they have studied at seven different UK universities: Cambridge, Imperial, Edinburgh, Leeds, Oxford, Sheffield and St Andrews.
Daiwa Scholars 2006 departed for Tokyo in September 2006.
About the scholars
Tina graduated with a 1st class BA in Politics & Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds and completed a PhD in Russian Politics at the University of Cambridge. She has undertaken a number of internship and research positions at the House of Commons and the European Parliament. Her interest in Japan has developed from her academic studies and she wishes to pursue a career in foreign policy analysis.
Tina’s homestay in Japan was in Yoshinogawa City in Tokushima Prefecture. Her work placement was at Kono Taro MP’s Office. She is currently Assistant Professor of International Relations at Sophia University in Tokyo.
Joel completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh. He visited and worked in Japan in 2005, and has studied Japanese language at university. He has a specific interest in technological developments in Japan, and hopes to pursue a career in software research and development.
Joel’s homestay in Japan was at Kochi City in Kochi Prefecture. His work placement was at Square Enix. He is currently working for BInaree in South Korea.
Wing Fai Joanne Lo
Before leaving for Japan, Joanne worked as a Senior House Officer at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. She studied medicine at the University of Oxford and as part of her clinical medicine training undertook an internship at Osaka University Hospital. Joanne wishes to develop a career as a paediatric endocrinologist with an active role in clinical research.
Jo’s homestay was in Heguri City in Nara Prefecture. She work placement was at National Centre for Child Health and Development. She is currently a Medical Leader at Merck Serono Co Ltd.
Greg completed an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in 19th century Japanese history and visited Japan independently in 2004. He wishes to build on his two internships at Demos by pursuing a career in public policy development in either the diplomatic service or an international non-governmental organisation.
Greg’s homestay in Japan was in Hachijo Town in Tokyo. His work placement was in United nations University. He is now a Trader and Investor for HSBC.
Melanie completed an MChem degree in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. She has already studied overseas, as an exchange student at the University of California and as an intern at Unilever in Shanghai. Her interest in Japan has developed from the pioneering work in synthetic organic chemistry being done by Japanese researchers. She wishes to undertake a PhD and then develop a career in scientific research.
Melanie’s homestay in Japan was in Miyoshi City in Tokushima Prefecture. Her work placement was in Professor Fujita’s Chemistry Lab at Tokyo University.
She then went on to become a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Duke University in the USA and currently works for Cambridge Display Technology .
You can read more about Melanie in the “Scholars Experiences” section of the website.
Rebecca completed an MA in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. She has undertaken media internships with the University of California Washington Center and with CNN during the G8 Summit at Gleneagles. She wishes to develop a career as a foreign news correspondent.
Rebecca’s homestay in Japan was in Yufu City in Oita Prefecture. Her work placement was at Theatre Company Isseki-Nicho, Asahi Shimbun. She has been working as a Radio Producer and Trainer for BBC Media Action in Burma and is currently Production Manager at Ni Nyampinga, Girl Effect Rwanda.
Stephen completed a PhD at Imperial College London after having obtained a 1st class MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He has made two visits to Japan, including once to participate in an academic conference. Stephen has also developed links with the Mechanical Engineering Department at Osaka University. He wishes to pursue a policy or consultancy role in public or private technology sectors.
Stephen’s homestay in Japan was in Niseko City in Hokkaido. Stephen’s work placement was at Advanced Technology Research Center, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Yokohama). He is now a Patent Attorney at Sugimura and Partners in Tokyo..
Louisa completed an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford. Her interest in Japan has developed from her academic studies and she has undertaken Japanese language classes at university. She has undertaken internships with newspapers in the UK and China, and wishes to become an investigative journalist, writing on society and politics in Japan and China.
Louisa’s homestay in Japan was in Sado City in Niigata Prefecture. Her work placement was at R25.
She is currently pursuing a PhD in Crop Science and Plant Breeding at Washington State University.