Japanese Society and Culture Students on the MIRAI programme

It is my great pleasure to announce that two of our MSc Japanese Society and Culture students, Christina Xenaki and Serena Scateni, have been accepted onto the Government of Japan's MIRAI exchange programme for 2016.

The MIRAI programme is a short-term youth exchange scheme set up to invite to Japan graduate and undergraduate students from Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus who are studying politics, law, history, international politics, economics, international relations, public policy, area studies (Asian Studies, Japan Studies, etc) or subjects in related fields with regard to Asia or Japan. The Government of Japan invited 150 students last year.  This programme is intended to offer an opportunity to (i) promote mutual understanding, (ii) enhance intellectual exchange, and (iii) build a strong network among future leaders of Japan, Europe, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. 

So congratulations to Christina and Serena, we are all looking forward to hearing about the programme on your return to sunny Scotland!

Asian Studies at Edinburgh made core member of the Japan Foundation Sakura Network

Since 2008, the Japan Foundation has been building up the Sakura Network with the cooperation of Japanese language education institutions worldwide.

Sakura Network members play a significant role in enhancing Japanese language education in their region or countr through various programmes provided by the Japan Foundation.

It is our great honour to have been added to the Japan Foundation's Sakura Network and we are excited to continue furthering the cause of Japanese language education in the UK and beyond.

Welcome to our Sasakawa Scholars!

This year we secured three postgraduate scholarships from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.  

Roddy McDougall will be continuing into the third year of his PhD, which looks at media representations of the Great Financial Crisis in Japan.

Beth Noble is studying for an MSc by Research with a particular focus on the postwar Japanese avant-garde.

Eleanor Hobbs is studying on the MSc in Japanese Society and Culture.

We would like to thanks the Sasakawa Foundation for their continued support through this wonderful initiative!