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:

2017-2018

  • Marcello Francioni
  • Shiori Hiraki
  • Michiko Suzuki

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)