SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Recipients of the Meiji Jingu Japanese Studies Research Scholarships

 The following students have been awarded the Meiji Jingu Scholarships.


Ai Fukunaga

Ai Fukunaga

Working Title of the Project: A Different Type of Tea: British collecting of ceramics for Sencha Tea Gatherings from Meiji-era Japan, focusing on the British Museum and Maidstone Museum Collections

Outline of the project: Examination of the representation and reception of the late Edo period ceramics collected in the late 19th century to the early 20th century Britain. 

Martha Tsutsui
Martha Tsutsui

Working Title of the Project: A Documentation and Description of Disappearing Predicates in Southern Amami-Ōshima

Outline of the project: This project will examine and document polite speech forms in the endangered Ryukyuan language Amami, spoken on Amami Island. This language is currently only spoken by elders and is no longer transmitted to children. All varieties of Amami are endangered and vary widely at all linguistic levels.


Marcello Francioni
Marcello Francioni

Working Title of the Project: Onee-kotoba. Language, Sexuality and Social Change in contemporary Japan

Outline of the project: An analysis of the use of the Japanese Language variety called onee-kotoba (lit. ‘big sister talk) and that of the linguistic, symbolic and relational interactions performed by its non-heterosexual Japanese male users in the Tokyo area and beyond. 


Jamie Tokuno
Jamie Tokuno

Working Title of the Project: Translating Ecotourism: A Descriptive Corpus-Based Analysis of How English Japanese Translators Mediate Ideological Differences in Ecotourist Texts of Japan and Anglo-Oceania
Outline of the project: My research investigates how current translation strategies negotiate the conflicting ecotourism ideologies of Japanese and English eco-tours operating in Japan, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia.



Elia Dal Corso
Mr Elia Dal Corso

Working Title of the Project: Study on evidential strategies in the Sakhalin dialect of Ainu and Nivkh
Outline of the project: Detailed account of the evidential strategies that can be found in the Sakhalin dialect of the Ainu language as well as in the Sakhalin dialect of Nivkh and in its variety of the Amur region too.




Michiko Suzuki
Ms Michiko Suzuki

Working Title of the Project: A History of Japanese Red Cross Society Humanitarian Relief Activities in Wartime Japan, 1934-1946
Outline of the Project: My research explores wartime humanitarian relief activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), focusing on their initial atomic bombing relief activities in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and their visit to Allied POW camps.



Anlan Chen

Anlan CHEN
Working title of the project:
How should Chinese Enterprises Respond to the Contemporary Economic Transition? - A Comparative analysis between Japan and China in terms of firm strategies.
Outline of the project: My research is a comparative analysis between Japan in the late 1960s/early 1970s and China in the 2010s, at three levels - the macro-economic environment, the manufacturing industry and the firm management strategies.  


Myung Ja Kim

Myung Ja KIM
Working title of the project:
Diaspora and the divided homeland
Outline of the project: My research examines how diasporic configurations like the Zainichi (Korean minority in Japan) are embedded in geopolitical relations and how that geopolitics has affected the shifts in Zainichi identity, i.e. the concept of “homeland” over time. 




Working title of the project:
Translation as a Means to Promote Plurilingual and Pluricultural Competence
Outline of the project: My research will examine how translation practice going beyond the consolidation of grammar promotes plurilingual and pluricultural competence for elementary and intermediate learners of Japanese.



Working title of the project:
Sustaining Linguistic Diversity and Multicultural Ethnicity in Contemporary Japan
Outline of the project: My research aims at recognizing the profound importance of minority languages in Japan by focusing on the eight endangered languages of the nation declared by UNESCO.



Alessia Costa

Alessia COSTA
Working title of the project:
Body Assemblages: Bioethics and Organ Donation in Japan
Outline of the project: My research aims at investigating issues of body ownership in the light of the recent revision of the Japanese policy on organ donation. The project draws on the growing debate on bioethics and biotechnologies in anthropology and social sciences, and involves a period of ethnographic research in Tokyo starting in September 2011.  



Working title of the project: Images of alterity in the Japanese spatial imaginary of the 17th century
Outline of the project: My research aims at a reconsideration of the genesis of Genroku period art, by focusing on visual representations of alterity in popular culture. I study the role of exotic tropes in the emergence of a national visual identity formulated in terms of a Japan-centered worldview.



Working title of the project: Edo Period Theatre – Offspring of Nō? Etymology of genre.
Outline of the project: The emergence of kabuki and jōruri symbolized the new era in Japanese history, the Edo shogunate, and I would like to see to what extent these new theatrical forms were linked to the nō tradition which was the epitomy of the previous Muromachi period.

Martyn Smith
Martyn SMITH

Working title of the project:  The Discourse on the Nation in Postwar Japan 1952-1972
Outline of the project: My research examines the use of the two terms ‘kokumin’ and ‘minzoku’, and their relation to the idea of nation, at different moments in postwar Japan.  The project includes an emerging popular discourse as a means of taking into account the rapid changes in Japanese society which characterised the 1950’s and 60’s in the study of nation in postwar Japan.   


Barbara MICYK
Barbara MICYK

Working title of the project: Evil in Edo Monster Illustrated Fiction (Bake-mono kusazōshi)
Outline of the project: The purpose of my research is introducing a problem of evil in context of illustrated fiction of Edo period that stars monsters, spooks and apparitions. I will focus my work not on the great crimes or evil deeds but mostly on small, daily life evil and perception of evil in general.



Working title of the project: Secondary predicates in Japanese
Outline of the project: Secondary predicates are cross-linguistically adjectives, but those of Japanese are not only limited to adjectives but show some unique features. I aim at having the fisrt convincing explanation to the Japanese secondary predicates.


Emma Cook
Emma Cook

Working title of the project: Japanese 'Freeters': Moving Beyond the Salaryman 'Model' of Masculinity 
Outline of the project: The project explores how young male freeters ('part-time' workers who are neither students nor housewives), are constructing and negotiating their masculinities in contemporary Japan.

Taka Oshikiri

Taka Oshikiri 

Working title of the project: Gathering for tea in Meiji Japan, c1860-1910
Outline of the project: The project examines the transformation of the custom known as 'Japanese tea ceremony' in Meiji Japan.  In 2008 I will be in Japan completing field work.