Jul 20, 2011

Sylff@Tokyo:Award Ceremony for 2011 Fellows at Waseda University

On July 6, 2011, an award ceremony was held at Waseda University for two new Sylff fellows selected for the 2011 academic year. The ceremony took place in a reception room with a portrait of Shigenobu Okuma, one of the founding fathers of modern Japan who also founded the university.

Waseda, located in central Tokyo, is one of three Sylff institutions in Japan. It was founded in 1882, and some 54,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the institution today. Among them are over 3,000 foreign students, making Waseda one of the most international universities in Japan.

"The fellowships are being offered to promote outstanding research," noted Tomoki Waragai, chairman of Waseda's Sylff steering committee. "Both of you are expected to become leaders in your respective fields, and I hope that you will undertake research activities with renewed determination."

"The purpose of this fellowship is to support those who are expected to become future leaders," added Tokyo Foundation Executive Director Haruo Shibazaki. "Becoming a leader today requires a strong sense of responsibility and a commitment to overcoming difficult challenges. As was the case in recent popular uprisings in several Arab countries, young people using social media will no doubt play an increasingly central role in shaping our political destinies. In February 2001, Waseda became the sixty-second institution to join the Sylff community, and it has produced 26 fellows to date. I hope the two latest fellows will also become leaders capable of bringing positive changes to society."

The two new Waseda fellows are:  

Chi'e Akashi, doctoral candidate, Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences  Research topic: Archaeobotanical study of farming societies in the Trans-Caucasus  

Makoto Seta, doctoral candidate, Graduate School of Law  Research topic: Prosecution and punishment of pirates in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

Sylff institutions can submit stories of their respective award ceremonies for publication on the website. Contact Program Officer Mari Suzuki at the Tokyo Foundation at M-Suzuki[at] (replace [at] with @).