SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Recipients of the Sasakawa Studentship Programme to Support the Study of Japanese Development in the UK

The following nominees were awarded £10,000 each for academic year:

2018-2019

Paul Kaletsch

Paul Kaletsch

Working title of the project: The Recent Aftermath of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement and Tokyo's Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy

Outline of the project: This project investigates the form and political agency of recently "failed" and/or "ended" contemporary East Asian student movements.



 

Maiko Kodaka

Maiko Kodaka

Working title of the project: Female friendly pornography in modern Japan and its fandom culture

Outline of the project:  This research is about female friendly pornography (女性向けAV). By employing an anthropological perspective concerned with gender, mass media, it will address the question of what audiences do with this particular media product from an anthropological perspective concerned with gender and sexuality.




Julia Stolyar

Julia Stolyar

Working title of the project: Proximate but Different: Television Drama Remakes between Japan and South Korea

Outline of the project: Looking at the representation of “Japaneseness” and “Koreanness” through Japanese remakes of Korean drama and vice versa.




2017-2018

Marcello Francioni





Shiori Hiraki

Shiori Hiraki

Thesis title: Onari: Art, Ritual and Power in Early Modern Japan

Outline of the project: Investigation of the activities for socialisation among the warrior class and the use of artefacts in social relations at onari, the shoguns’ visitations to daimyo mansions in the Edo period (1600-1867).





Michiko Suzuki

Michiko Suzuki

Thesis Title: History of Disaster, Recovery, and Humanitarianism: The Japanese Red Cross Society in the Modern World, 1877-1945

Outline of the project: This project explores the wartime humanitarian relief activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) personnel, and their involvement in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement from 1877 to 1945 in a global historical context.

2016-2017


Lois Barnett
Lois Barnett

Working title of the project: An Investigation of Audience Responses To and Motivations for the Use of Western-Inspired Costume in Japanese Cinema (1923-39)







Robert James Simpkins

Robert James Simpkins 

Working title of the project: 'Playing in Kōenji’: Making street music in a Tōkyō neighbourhood.

Outline of the project: My thesis follows the lives of buskers that perform in Kōenji in central Tōkyō. Buskers’ status as both street performers and part-time workers set them apart from deeply engrained societal norms regarding lifetime employment and render them the subject of an ongoing moral panic about freeterism (underemployed freelancers).   



Michiko Suzuki
Michiko Suzuki

Working title of the project: History of Disaster, Recovery, and Humanitarianism in Wartime Japan, 1931-1945

Outline of the project: My project explores the wartime humanitarian relief activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) personnel, and their involvement in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.




2015-2016

Lois Barnett
Lois Barnett

Working title of the project: An Investigation of Audience Responses To and Motivations for the Use of Western-Inspired Costume in Japanese Cinema (1923-39)






Robert James Simpkins
Robert James Simpkins 

Working title of the project: 'Playing in Kōenji’: Making street music in a Tōkyō neighbourhood.

Outline of the project: 
My thesis follows the lives of buskers that perform in Kōenji in central Tōkyō. Buskers’ status as both street performers and part-time workers set them apart from deeply engrained societal norms regarding lifetime employment and render them the subject of an ongoing moral panic about freeterism (underemployed freelancers).   

 

Michiko Suzuki
Michiko Suzuki

Working title of the project: History of Disaster, Recovery, and Humanitarianism in Wartime Japan, 1931-1945

Outline of the project: My project explores the wartime humanitarian relief activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) personnel, and their involvement in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.




2014-2015

  • Lois Barnett (PhD Programme, Centre for Film and Screen Studies)
  • Radu Leca  (PhD Programme, History of Art and Archeology)