Aleksandra Kaniewska, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2007-2008

I am now a Policy Analyst at the Civic Institute in Warsaw, a political think tank affiliated with the Polish centre-right party, the Civic Platform; journalist and editor.

The MSc in Modern Japanese Studies provided an ideal stepping stone in my aspiration to become an expert on Japan and its contemporary culture and society. Since my graduation in 2008, I have been working in the area of political analysis, mostly balancing research, analysis, and outreach. I retained my strong interest in Japan and have been providing commentaries on Japanese gender issues and the geopolitics of East Asia to various Polish media outlets (print and TV). Nissan Institute is a truly inspiring place to begin your academic journey, offering an opportunity to inter-relate on a very close basis with leading and prospective experts in all fields of academia. Since the University of Oxford ranks amongst the most reputable higher education institutions in the world, this degree will have proven crucial for my future career.

Ian Rapley, MPhil in Modern Japanese Studies, 2007-2009

After completing the MPhil in 2009, I went on to do a DPhil in modern Japanese history.  My doctoral work was a history of the planned language Esperanto in early twentieth century Japan, and my wider research interests include language and history, transnational movements especially across Asia, local histories, and alternative narratives of twentieth century Japan.  In Michaelmas term 2013 I taught the history course for the MSc/MPhil in Modern Japanese Studies.  I now work as a lecturer in history at Cardiff University.

My background was in maths and finance, but I found the modern Japanese studies programme, the faculty, and the broader resources available at Oxford both intellectually stimulating and really helpful in enabling me to get up to speed in working within the humanities and social sciences

Mike Maher-King, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2011-2012

I loved studying here at the Nissan Institute and felt very well supported from the moment I applied to the Modern Japanese Studies course.  I was fortunate to receive a Nissan Institute Bursary.  After 7 years away from education I had been nervous about coming back to studying but the entire academic and support staff were amazing, ensuring that I had no problems at all.

Prior to this course I had lived in Japan for five years, teaching on the JET programme, and doing charity work with child welfare institutions.  My research focus during the masters was on these child welfare institutions, focusing on educational outcomes of care-leavers.  Whilst I initially planned to only do the masters I fell in love with studying again and with the support of the Nissan Institute staff I successfully applied for a second masters and a doctorate in Social Policy, studying policy around children in care in Japan.  I was very fortunate that I received full ESRC funding for this further study, and know that I was only able to receive this thanks to the excellent Modern Japanese Studies Masters.

My masters and research at the Nissan Institute has formed the bedrock of all my further studies, as well as giving me very many happy memories. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.

In August 2014 I had an article published in the monthly newsletter CLAIR - The Council for Local Authorities and International Relations (Japanese central gov department) about his time in Japan on the JET programme which also touches on his time in Oxford.  It is in both Japanese and English.

In September 2014 I had my last thesis published in the Better Care Network newsletter.

Philipp Voulgaris, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2009-2010

Senior Manager - Head of Sales Planning, Order Management, Governance & Processes, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation/Daimler Trucks Asia

After graduating from the MSc Modern Japanese Studies Programme at the Nissan Institute in October 2010, I decided to work in Japan for a few years to utilize my Japanese as well as my business skills. In 2011, I joined a German/Japanese automotive company located in the Tokyo/Kanagawa area. Being able to converse fluently in Japanese and having an in-depth understanding of Japanese culture and practices has definitely supported my everyday work performance here in Japan. The language training as well as the "Oxford thinking" one adopts while studying at the Nissan Institute have become invaluable assets for me personally and in my career development; and both, I feel, are also highly appreciated by my co-workers.

As a next step, after a few years in Japan, I may opt for new opportunities/locations within the company and/or will aim towards an additional degree (PhD or MBA) in parallel to my employment. No matter what path I choose to take, Japanese and Japanese business relations will certainly continue to play a major role in my future, and I believe the skill-set & network acquired by having studied at the Nissan Institute in Oxford will help me along the way.

I can highly recommend the programme to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the field of Asia/Japan, whether in academia or elsewhere. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to join the programme and the university; it was a great experience.

Anna Schrade, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2009-2010

Seeing my dream come true, I’m back in Japan, working as Assistant Professor at the University of Kobe, Japan. While I devote most of my time to my own research, I also teach undergraduate classes.

After completing my MSc in Modern Japanese Studies I stayed on for a DPhil in History under the supervision of Dr Sho Konishi from the Nissan Institute, with financial support from Pembroke College. Between 2011 and 2013, I was Monbukagakusho scholar at the University of Tokyo, and did extensive field research on Japan’s anti-pollution movements in the 1950s and 1960s. Back in Oxford, I worked as a tutor in History, teaching Modern Japanese History to Oxford undergraduate students in HT 2013. As I love teaching, I also started my own company, LEOX summer school OXFORD.

Adrian Haight, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2011-2012

I went from the MSc in Modern Japanese Studies to the Said Business School MBA as one of the first 1+1 students.  After working for Johnson & Johnson as a Product Manager Intern, Adrian is now an International Associate at a large Canadian financial institution.  "I found my time at the Nissan Institute hugely enjoyable.  The Professors were engaging, the course material was diverse and challenging, and the MSc Program was valuable to my personal and career development".

Nissan Seminar: Revival of the Japanese Film Industry through Media Mix Promotion Alliances: The Power of Film Production Consortiums

Friday, 25 October, 2013 -
10:00 to 11:00
Nissan Institute Seminar Room

Special Seminar by Professor Naoki Wakabayashi, Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University

Revival of the Japanese Film Industry through Media Mix Promotion Alliances: The Power of Film Production Consortiums


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