Research and Study Possibilities in and on Japan, May 11, 2015 Helsinki

Are you interested in studying in Japan or doing research on Japan?

Register for the May 11, 2015 seminar to learn more about your opportunities.
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Date: May 11 (Mon) 2015

Venue: Snellmaninkatu 12 (Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan, University of Helsinki)

Main organizers: Hokkaido University Helsinki Office, Embassy of Japan, JSPS Stockholm Office

Co-organizers: Academy of Finland, Finnish University Network for Asian Studies (Asianet), JSPS Alumni Club Finland, Tekes, University of Helsinki


Morning session: Japanese studies

9.15  Coffee + Registration

10.00  Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr. Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Finland

10:10  Prof. Yoshihiro Narita (Director, Hokkaido University Helsinki Office): “Kansei-engineering”

10.25  Prof. Yoshimi Ogawa (Yokohama National University, Graduate School of Education): “Research Sources on Language Teaching and Politics – Japanese Pre-war Teaching in Europe”

11.10  Keynote Speech by Assoc. Prof. Naoko Saito (University of Kyoto, Graduate School of Education / Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki): “Lost in translation? Addressing internationalisation today”

12.15  Ms. Liisa Karvinen (former Japanese Government Scholarship recipient, currently Deputy Managing Editor & Foreign Correspondent Coordinator, YLE News): “The Influence of Japan on my career”

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch provided by the Embassy of Japan

Afternoon session: Research and funding possibilities

14.00  Ms. Yuriko Kawakubo (Deputy Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Stockholm Office): “Recent Activities for the Promotion of Science”

14.20  Ms. Ulla Ellmén (Science Adviser, Academy of Finland): “Recent Activities of the Academy of Finland”

14.40  Dr. Heli Koskinen (former Japanese Government Scholarship and JSPS grant recipient, currently Research Scientist at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Work Environment Development): “Acoustics research at Tohoku University”


15.30  Mr. Yuji Kato (Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Paris Office): “Introduction to the Japan Science and Technology Agency”

15.50  Ms. Merja Hiltunen (Director, Tekes, Strategic support for programmes and networking activities): “Introduction to Tekes – FidiPro-funding for researchers, Finpro activities regarding Sendai Finland Wellbeing, & collaboration possibilities with INKA-program”

16.30  Mr. Tatu Lajunen (former JSPS grant recipient, currently Researcher and Doctoral Student in Centre for Drug Research, Helsinki University): “Experiences on Pharmaceutical Research in Japanese Academia and Industry”


17.15 – 18.30  Networking event


++ A Master’s Thesis Workshop for master’s students in Japanese studies will be held in the afternoon (14.00 – closed session, registration already closed)


How to register:

Registration will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, so please register in advance.

Please register for the event by sending an e-mail to with the following information no later than 30.04. (Thurs):

(1) Name

(2) Organization, Position

(3) E-mail address

(4) Which part(s) of the event you will attend:

– Morning session

– Afternoon session

– Lunch

– Networking event


For any queries regarding this event, please contact:

Embassy of Japan, Cultural Affairs and PR Section

Tel: +358-9-6860200