I completed a Bachelor and Masters degree in Japanese Studies (Hons) at the K.U.Leuven, Belgium. During my studies in Leuven I went to Osaka University of Education as a Japanese Studies student with a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. My master’s thesis was on Fukuzawa Yukichi and his critique of Confucianism. In Cambridge I obtained an MPhil in East Asian Studies, for which I wrote a dissertation on the Meiji scholar Inoue Tetsujirō and his ideas on bushido.
Subject groups/Research projects
I am interested in the development of ideas in Meiji Japan. For my Ph.D. I am working on an intellectual biography of the True Pure Land Buddhist priest Shimaji Mokurai (1838-1911), who opened up debate on the separation of state and religion and on religious freedom in Japan in the 1870s.