May 15, 2013
Ilona Dubra, a Sylff fellow at the University of Latvia, visited the Tokyo Foundation on May 9. She is now in Japan to conduct research at Waseda University using an SRA (Sylff Research Abroad) grant.
At the Foundation, she made a presentation of her recent research activities not only in Japan but also in the United States and Portugal. She is examining the factors that influence corporate innovation. During her stay in Japan, she hopes to identify the main factors behind successful innovations at Japanese enterprises.
She believes that there is a need to ensure the growth of the national economy through the creation of value-added products and services and to increase efficiency through the promotion of innovation. She hopes to make use of her research findings to foster innovative activities among Latvian enterprises.
A lively discussion with Tokyo Foundation program officers followed her presentation. She was also given an overview of Japan’s postwar economic growth by Tokyo Foundation Research Fellow Zentaro Kamei.
We were very pleased to learn that the SRA award has contributed to her research and has helped to sustain her enthusiasm for future improvements in her own country.
Sylff fellows and steering committee members are welcome to stop by the Foundation’s office while visiting Tokyo.