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The first Daiwa Foundation Small Grants were awarded in May 2003. The 51 Small Grants are divided into four categories:

Conferences and symposia
Educational exchanges

Individual academic research
 
Travel bursaries


Conferences and symposia

Miss Kaori Nakayama
Conference (1 day) on 'Creative Links', the Scottish Arts Council initiative that places a specialist in every LEA to provide arts opprtunities for children. Scottish Arts Council Head of Education to travel to Japan for collaboration.
1,000.00

Dr Naoko Shimazu
Birkbeck College
Conference (1 day) on the cultural history of the Russo-Japanese war, coinciding with the centenary of the war and providing opportunities for inter-disciplinary exchange.
3,000.00

Dr Kouji Ohta
Kyoto University
Conference (2 days) in Kyoto to construct initial observation programme for FMOS, the powerful astronomical instrument, developed through UK-Japan collaboration. Leading UK astronomers to join 20 Japanese colleagues.
1,000.00

Mr Takeshi Yoshitani
Kyushu University
Conference (2 days) on Japan-UK development education, to be attended by leading UK expert in citizenship studies from Leicester University. Forum to provide school teachers and parents opportunities to pursue development education.
1,000.00

Dr Helen Parker
University of Edinburgh
Conference (3 days) on Japanese women's history, the first of its kind in the UK.
3,000.00

Dr Yasuo Nishiyama
Tokyo Denki University
Conference in Japan to which two British specialists will be invited to focus on community-based social enterprise through a comparative Anglo-Japanese study.
1,000.00

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Educational exchanges

Miss Helen Paterson
Winged Fellowship Trust
Educational exchange bringing Japanese volunteers to support British disabled people and their carers on breaks organised by the Winged Fellowship Trust, the main provider of holidays for disabled people in the UK.
3,000.00

Mr Toshihiro Enoki
Club Let's
Educational exchange centering on a visit to 4 community-based sports clubs in the UK that are in partnership with local business, schools and government.
1,000.00

Professor Shinichiro Okabe
Meiji Gakuin University
Educational exchange consisting of concerts, lectures and workshops on contemporary British music, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the British Council in Tokyo.
2,000.00

Ms Makiko Koga
Partnership Study Group
Educational exchange to collaborate with the British charity, Business in the Community, to develop a similar partnership between companies, government and NPOs in Kumamoto, Japan.
2,000.00

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Individual academic research

Dr Paul Waley
University of Leeds
Individual academic research building on experience in the cultural geography of Tokyo to examine the process behind the 're-scripting of Tokyo as capital of cool', a transformation that has resisted Japan's economic downturn.
1,500.00

Mr Glenn Morgan
University of Warwick
Individual academic research during 3-week trip to Japan to investigate the internationalisation of law firms. Applicant will examine the operation of US and UK law firms in Japan and the response of Japanese law firms.
1,000.00

Dr David Beech
Leeds University
Individual academic research involving visit by Dr Muraki of Nagoya City University to complete collaborative research into the 'Modulation of vascular TRP channels' with Professor Beech at Leeds University.
1,500.00

Miss Mayumi Kako
Individual academic research on comparative nursing practice in the UK and Japan. Collaboration with University of Central Lancashire to focus on the improvement of nursing students' clinical ability.
1,000.00

Dr Makiko Naka
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Individual academic research on interviewing vulnerable witnesses in criminal cases. Collaboration with Portsmouth University's Forensic Psychology Centre will examine changes to Home Office guidelines.
1,000.00

Dr Stephen Day
University of Newcastle
Individual academic research on 'sanseiken' (voting rights) and the boundaries of electoral suffrage, examining the impact of domestic and international factors in influencing the debate.
1,500.00

Mr Kazuyuki Shindo
Individual academic research on the impact of the Welsh Language Board over the ten years since its creation in 1993. This example of language revitalisation in the context of EU multi-language policy holds lessons for Japan's Ainu population.
1,000.00

Dr Yuko Kikuchi
Individual academic research on the Mingei (Japanese folkcrafts) movement, leading to book publication and related exhibition at the V&A Museum in 2005.
1,500.00

Mr Yoshimichi Ogawa
Kanagawa Institute of Technology
Individual academic research over 1 month on community care and rehabilitation for disabled people in Tower Hamets, east London.
1,000.00

Dr John Knight
Queen's University Belfast
Individual academic research over 3 months on 21st-century Japanese forestry. Social anthropological study of timber plantations and mountain villages to examine changing character of Japanese forestry during depopulation and large-scale timber imports.
2,500.00

Dr Mark Williams
University of Leeds
Individual academic research over 3 weeks on 'Shiina Rinzo: Tenko and a Japanese Literary Response to Defeat in the Pacific War'.
1,000.00

Professor Robert Kronenburg
University of Liverpool
Individual academic research over 3 weeks to investigate the history, development and cultural impact of responsive building in Japan through the genre of flexible architecture.
1,000.00

Mr Hitoshi Kurata
Niigata University Graduate School of Medical & Dental Science
Individual academic research over 3 years on human foetal haemopoietic stem cells. Collaboration with Imperial College London could lead to applications in gene therapy in the treatment of congenital diseases such as muscular dystrophy.
1,000.00

Professor Eiji Takemura
Individual academic research over 5 months at Oxford University on 'perceptions of the Bakumatsu samurai through the eyes of an English gentleman'. Study to focus on Lord Mitford's 'Old Tales of Japan'.
1,000.00

Dr Patricia Nelson
University of Edinburgh
Individual academic research over 60 days in Tokyo on 'The Making of the Camera Phone: how Japan's Mobile and Optics Technologies are Converging', to analyse the learning processes behind Japan's leadership in camera phone development.
2,000.00

Ms Shimako Narahara
Individual academic research through a pragmatic study of social entrepreneurs' activities and approaches in relation to social inclusion, with emphasis on pursuing their applicability to antipoverty/social inclusion programmes in developing countries.
1,000.00

Mr Hiroshi Yama
Kobe College
Individual academic research to construct framework and theories to explain psychological differences in thinking styles between individualist and collectivist cultures. Collaborative work with Sunderland University to be presented at symposium in Japan.
1,000.00

Dr Yukihiro Ohya
National Centre for Child Health & Development
Individual academic research to develop an assessment tool enabling patients to ascertain the reliability of medical information on the worldwide web. Project involves Dr Jonathan Batchelor, a 2001 Daiwa Scholar.
1,000.00

Mr Shigeki Bamba
Shiga University of Medical Science
Individual academic research to examine haematopoietic stem cells. Collaboration with Cancer Research UK into the phenotype and functional characteristics of bone marrow-derived myofibroblasts in the intestine is expected to have clinical applications.
1,000.00

Dr Michikazu Sekine
Toyama Medical & Pharmaceutical University
Individual academic research to examine psychosocial stress, focussing on civil servants. Research based on data obtained over a 10-year period in Japan and the UK. Articles to be submitted to scientific journals.
1,000.00

Ms Tamami Yamamoto
Individual academic research to examine the way that educational institutions deal with controversial issues in science and technology. Collaboration with Institute of Education, University of London.
1,000.00

Dr Emi Inaoka
Individual academic research to further collaboration with Imperial College Health Management Department and improve developments in health system management in Japan.
1,000.00

Dr Minako Yamada
The University of the Air
Individual academic research to investigate intercultural communication. Collaboration with Cambridge University Faculty of Education will incorporate the notion of 'cultural mind' to reflect the nature of intercultural communication.
1,000.00

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Travel bursaries

Dr Andrew Chantry
University of East Anglia
Travel bursary for 1-month visit to Japan to establish links between British and Japanese bioscience laboratories with a common interest in the regulation of cell growth in diseases such as fibrosis and cancer.
1,500.00

Mr Anders Hansen
University of Leicester
Travel bursary for 1-week visit to present research into British and Japanese public opinion and media reporting on global climate change, and to continue collaborative research to produce further joint publications.
1,000.00

Professor Roger Bowers
University of Liverpool
Travel bursary for 2 weeks' collaborative research in Japan on mathematical modelling of evolutionary problems concentrating on host resistance to disease.
1,000.00

Dr Ciprian Coman
University of Leicester
Travel bursary for 2-month research visit to Osaka University to examine 'cuspons, peakons and crested solitary waves in the nonlinear stability of elastic solids'.
2,000.00

Dr Louis Lyons
Oxford University
Travel bursary for 2-week visit to Japan to lecture and work with physicists in major Japanese universities' High Energy Physics groups, to achieve a better understanding of statistical issues in High Energy Physics.
1,000.00

Prof. Geoffrey Glasby
Scottish Association for Marine Science
Travel bursary for 3-month research visit to compare the mineralogy and composition of kuroko deposits from northern Honshu, with possible modern analogues from Myojin Knoll, Izu-Bonin Arc. Collaborative scientific paper to be written at Tokyo University.
2,500.00

Professor James Bruce
University of Liverpool
Travel bursary for 3-week visit to attend the international conference in Sapporo on 'Singularity Theory and its Applications', and to develop a joint research programme between Liverpool and Hokkaido Universities.
1,000.00

Dr Masashi Hattori
Ritsumeikan University
Travel bursary for collaborative research with Cardiff University School of Psychology, investigating the rational analysis of human reasoning processes based on new models to analyse human performance.
1,000.00

Ms Lindsey Glen
Royal Festival Hall
Travel bursary for first performance outside of Japan by the Sashiokai Singers from Ikitsuki Island, Nagasaki, at the Royal Festival Hall for 'Festival Worldvoice 2003'.
2,500.00

Mr Jon Bromwich
National Youth Music Theatre
Travel bursary for Japanese choreographer to attend UK-based NYMT workshops for 45 British young people, to explore an English-language version of the Japanese production 'Beyond the Door'.
1,000.00

Dr David Roberts
The Natural History Museum
Travel bursary for reciprocal visit to Lake Biwa Museum and Tsukuba University to research techniques for the public display of results in microbial ecology through the extraction and examination of environmental DNA from lakes and soils in Japan.
1,500.00

Mr Yasuo Harima
Travel bursary for the Director of Durham University's Centre for Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine to address a Japan-UK conference on the role of arts in healthcare and medicine.
1,000.00

Ms Yayoi Koga
Art Support Fukuoka
Travel bursary for the invitation of a British drama specialist to attend the workshop 'Theatre in Education' in Fukuoka to extend the instructing skills of Japanese drama teachers.
1,000.00

Mr Alex Flach
The Oxford University Dramatic Society
Travel bursary for the performance of The Taming of the Shrew as part of The Oxford University Dramatic Society Japan Tour 2003.
2,000.00

Professor Luke Geoghegan
Toynbee Hall
Travel bursary to attend the Third International Forum on the Arts & Crafts Movements and Social Settlements in Yokohama and Osaka, and develop existing relationships with arts and social policy practitioners in Japan.
1,000.00

Mr Julius Court
Overseas Development Institute
Travel bursary to create a 'Japan-UK research network on development co-operation', a web-based exchange initiative to increase interaction between researchers from Japan and the UK to address development issues of global concern.
2,000.00

Dr Benjamin Horton
University of Durham
Travel bursary to investigate earthquakes and associated land/sea level changes of Eastern Hokkaido, Northern Japan.
1,500.00

Dr Richard Jones
University of Exeter
Travel bursary to research human impact on Tokachi basin in south-east Hokkaido through reconstruction of mid-late Holocene palaeohydrological records from lake sediments.
1,000.00

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