Warren Stanislaus, MPhil in Modern Japanese Studies, 2011-2013

After graduating from the Nissan Institute with a Master of Philosophy in 2013, I enjoyed a brief spell working in the Education department of the British Council in Tokyo, and from the summer of 2014 I joined the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a think tank based in Tokyo, as a research assistant.

My role is extremely varied; allowing me to build on the research skills gained during my Master's degree, as well as develops my capacity in the area of project work. While most of my time is spent preparing essays and reports on a vast number of topics, on a day to day basis I may be involved in anything from translating documents, providing logistical support for conferences, attending seminars or coming up with ideas for new projects.

I am particularly excited about the fact that my current role is helping me to place Japan in a wider context. I am constantly challenged to consider how seemingly unrelated events occurring in different parts of the world are all interconnected, and how they may also impact upon Japan. It is has certainly become clear to me that the effort to rebuild Japan is in no way purely a domestic effort.

I am very grateful to the Nissan Institute as it not only helped to develop my skills and knowledge, but also opened a whole new world of opportunities.

I still maintain my links with the Nissan Institute here in Tokyo, whether that is through meeting up with former students, or attending events organised by the Oxford office in Japan. I am very thankful that I can still play an active role in the Nissan Institute, and indeed the wider Oxford community.

Alice Freeman, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies

The MSc/MPhil programme in Modern Japanese Studies offers students a wonderful intellectual and social environment in which to explore modern Japan from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. My greatest obsession is Japanese history, and I am now expanding my MPhil thesis into a D.Phil. on the transmission of Zen from Japan to the US in the latter half of the twentieth century. I hope to be able to continue researching Japanese history for the rest of my life, and remain eternally grateful to everyone at Nissan for providing me with the skills and inspiration to do so.

Alice Freeman received the award of distinction for her MPhil dissertation.

Professor Hugh Whittaker

Hugh Whittaker
Professor in the Economy and Business of Japan and Director, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies

My research interests include entrepreneurship, management of innovation, corporate governance, and employment relations in Japan, as well as political economy and economic development in East Asia.  My publications include Comparative Entrepreneurship: The UK, Japan and the Shadow of Silicon Valley (2009) and (co-edited) Corporate Governance and Managerial Reform in Japan (2009).  A current research project is on ‘compressed development’ in East Asia.




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