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Aiko Otsuka receives first Aoi Global Research Award (updated)

last modified Jul 30, 2015 11:02 AM

The Japanese studies section is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship, initiated in October 2014, generously provided by the Aoi Foundation of Japan. Each year we will be able to offer ¥500,000 to one postgraduate student in Japanese Studies. See further details.

The first recipient of this prestigious award was Aiko Otsuka (right), who is currently conducting research on the memory and narrative of defeat within the postwar Japanese military. 

Aiko writes:

As part of my PhD thesis in Japanese history, I have been working on the identity of military officers and soldiers who fought in the Asia-Pacific theatre during WWII. A generous grant from the Aoi Scholarship Foundation enabled me to conduct extensive archival research in Tokyo, Japan, in the spring of 2015 and to travel frequently to important archives, such as the Yasukuni Archives (Yasukuni Kaiko Bunko), the Military Archives in the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) and the National Archives of Japan. As a result of this research experience I was able to identify and collect a substantial amount of essential military-related materials from the period between the 1930s and the 1960s.

私は、ケンブリッジ大学博士課程・東アジア研究科に所属し、第二次世界大戦中、アジア・太平洋地域の戦闘に参加した旧軍人のアイデンティティーについて研究しています。この度、青井奨学会の第一回奨学生に選出していただき、日本での研究費補助として奨学金を支給していただきました。2014年秋から2015年春にかけて日本に滞在し、靖国偕行文庫、防衛省防衛研究所戦史研究センター、国立公文書館等で資料調査を行いました。各資料館では、1930年代から1960年代にかけて作成された旧陸軍や戦犯裁判関連の貴重な資料を多数収集することができ、大変有意義な研究調査を行うことができました。

For more details on Aiko’s research see the project research page.


Aiko's award has also been featured in the Aoi scholarship newsletter, vol.90 (December 2014):

Aiko Utsuka Aoi Update
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