Dr Michael Rivera King has published a book titled 'Child Guidance Centres in Japan: Alternative Care, Social Work, and the Family'. In contemporary Japan, 85% of children in alternative care remain housed in large welfare institutions, as opposed to family-based foster care. This publication examines how Japan has been isolated from global discourse on alternative care, urging a shift in social work and alternative care policies. Michael completed his MSc in Modern Japanese Studies in 2011-2012 and his DPhil in Social Policy, co-supervised by Professor Roger Goodman, in 2017. Michael is now the director of Ashinaga UK, the London office of one of Japan's largest charities.