Japan Research Centre

Sarah Parsons

Key information

Japan Research Centre Research Associate
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Sarah has been a Senior Teaching Fellow within the School of Finance and Management for 6 years, specialising in Business and Management in East Asia, and is currently an Associate Tutor within the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy on the MA Global Diplomacy (online).

Sarah’s area of research is how the ingrained gender roles in Japan impact upon female leadership and how these gender roles are constructed within early years education. Sarah is also Managing Director of East West Interface, working with MNEs, SMEs and government organisations to increase their strategic understanding of cross-cultural business communications with Japan. 

Sarah received a commendation from the Japanese Ambassador to the UK when she was the UK Chair of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association, for her work in continuing UK Japan ties.

Key publications


August 2023: How gender inequality is hindering Japan’s economic growth, published in ‘The Conversation’. This was the most read article by a SOAS academic in the Conversation in 2023. 

November 2020, East Asia Forum, Is Gender Still on the Agenda for Japan?  

Book Chapters 

September 2022, Reimagining the Gender Roles within Japan to Achieve Sustainable Gender Equality in Skjerven and Fordham (ed.) Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals, Routledge  

Contribution to UK Government policy 

April 2022, Childcare and Early Years Education Systems: A comparative Literature Review, Section on Japan for Fawcett Society report presented to British Government. 

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