The Japan Study Grants fund travel and living costs in Canberra for up to four weeks to use our Japanese collections. 


Dr Natsuko Akagawa
Visualising Imperialism: Japan and its ‘Exterior Territories’ 1900 – 1945

A/Prof Tomoko Aoyama, Sydney
Tsurumi Kazuko and Shunsuke in Australia, 1937

Dr Lucy Fraser
Animal-Human Interactions in Japanese Tales Retold: Retelling Takizawa Bakin’s Dog-Human Interactions in Sakuraba Kazuki’s 'Fuse: A Counterfeit Eight Dog Chronicles'

Ms Mayu Kanamori
Japanese Women in Australia

Dr Helen Kilpatrick
The Modern Melancholic Aesthetic in Shôjo Fiction and Art


Mr Gwyn McClelland, Melbourne
'Dangerous memory' in Urakami and Nagasaki

Dr Barbara Hartley, Hobart
Imagining the Continent: Representations of the Asian Mainland in Shôwa Era Japanese Cultural Production in Showa Japan

Mr Darren Swanson, Sydney
Athletecism, Freemasonry and Clubbability: Expatriate Social Networks in Kobe

Dr Alison Broinowski, Sydney
Counter-culture: Norman Sparnon and the power of flowers

Prof Sandra Wilson, Perth
Japanese War Crimes, 1941-1945


Dr Shigeru Sato, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle
Collateral Damages of World War II in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Study'

Shigeru Sato


Mr Martin Veres, PhD candidate in Japanese at the University of Wollongong<
'Space, Modernism, and Morality in the Children's Fiction of Akutagawa Ryūnosuke'

Martin Veres


Ms Prue Holstein, Candidate for Masters of Arts convertible to a PHD, Monash University
'Japanese German Commercial Relations and Effect of World War One on those relations'

Prue Holstein


Mr Ross Tunney, PhD candidate in the Asian Languages and Studies at University of Tasmania
'Constructing the Self: Photography, Alterity, and Identity in Post-war Japanese Photography'

Ross Tunney


Mr Alexander Brown, PhD candidate in Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong
'The Precarity of Protest: Changing Labour Market Structures and Anti-nuclear Movements in Japan After Fukushima'

Alexander Brown



Dr Victoria Eaves-Young, Honorary Associate, University of Tasmania
'The Diary of Tamura Yoshikazu: Writing Under the Gaze of the Kokutai During the Japanese Imperial Army New Guinea Campaign'

Victoria Eaves-Young


Ms Machiko Ishikawa, PhD Candidate, School of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Tasmania
'Nakagami Kenji: Paradox and the Representation of Silenced Subaltern Voice'

Ms. Machiko Ishikawa

Dr Emiko Okayama, Honorary Fellow, Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne
'The World (sekai) and Innovation (shukō ) of Edo Yomihon: investigating Bakin's adaptation techniques'

Dr. Emiko Okayama

Ms Kirsti Rawstron, PhD candidate, History and Politics at the University of Wollongong
'A Comparative Study Gender Equality in Education and Employment in the post-CEDAW Asia-Pacific Region: Special Focus on Japan'

Ms Kirsti Rawstron



Dr Chiaki Ajioka, Independent scholar, NSW
'Mingei Intercultural: cross-cultural interpretation of Mingei'

Chiaki Ajioka


Ms Kumiko Kawashima, PhD candidate in Anthropology, Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University
'Youth migration and social change: Japanese information and service workers in a Chinese economic development zone'

Kumiko Kawashima

Dr Miyume Tanji, Targeted Curtin Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and Centre for Human Rights Education
'Bases, Islands and Communities: protecting the US-Japan Security Alliance in Okinawa and Guam'

Miyume Tanji



Mr Russell Kelty, PhD candidate, University of Adelaide
' Kukai and Japanese mandalas'

Russell Kelty, PhD Student,, University of Adelaide


Ms Stephanie Coates, PhD candidate, Japanese Program, Asian Studies, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
Young women and mobile fiction on contemporary Japan

Stephanie Coates, PhD student Japanese Program, Asian Studies, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University


Ms Lesley Crowe-Delaney, PhD candidate, Curtin University

'Tourism and coastal development in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan'

Lesley Crowe-Delaney, PhD student, Curtin University


Dr Kay-Wah Chan, Senior lecturer, Department of Business Law, Faculty of Business & Economics, Macquarie University

'Evolution and historical development of the judicial scrivener profession in Japan'

Kay-Wah Chan, Senior lecturer, Department of Business Law, Faculty of Business & Economics, Macquarie University


Associate Professor Sandra Wilson, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Murdoch University

'The repatriation and release of convicted Japanese war criminals, 1945-1958'

Sandra Wilson, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities,  Murdoch University


Associate Professor Masako Gavin, Japanese Studies, Bond University

'The Life and thoughts of Ienaga Toyokichi: Bridging over the Pacific'

Portrait of Masako Gavin, Associate Professor, Japanese Studies, Bond University

"Excellent indexes and databases, as well as a superb collection of books and journals on Japanese history and International Relations enabled me to go into ‘lock down’ mode and concentrate on my mission – ‘impossible’ at home."

Ms Akiko Tomatsuri, PhD candidate, Classics, University of Sydney

'A study of Western influence on Japan: the reception of ancient Greek drama in post-war Japan'

Portrait of Akiko Tomatsuri, PhD candidate, Classics, University of Sydney

"The NLA’s collection of scholarly studies on literature, theatre, and music related to Western influences on modern Japan, allowed me to pursue my research more broadly than at first conceived looking, and encouraged further exploration of the cultural, historical, social, and political contexts of each production. These materials should also be of value to those working on interdisciplinary studies of literature, theatre, or music in the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa eras."

Mr Erik Ropers, PhD candidate, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne

'Contested histories and memories of wartime sexual slavery and forced labour'

Portrait of Erik Ropers, PhD candidate, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne

"The Library’s extensive collection of Japanese reference materials and electronic resources enabled me to fill in important statistical and biographical holes in my research. The collections also contained a number of specialist and low-circulation journals not indexed in the National Diet Library of Japan’s catalogue or the MagazinePlus database that proved to be invaluable for my research topic. Before visiting I was unaware of a few of these journals’ existence!"

Ms Amy Reigle (Ainsworth) Newland, Independent scholar, Adelaide

'Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) – Artistic Innovator, Traditionalist, or Artist of his Times'

Amy Reigle JSG

"In thinking about my recent tenure at the NLA under the auspices of the Japan Study Grant, I am reminded of the oft-cited quote of the 18th-century English author Samuel Johnson, ‘The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book."

Dr Thomas Wilkins and Dr Minako Ichikawa-Smart, Sydney

'Securing Japan-Australia relations'


Dr Yasuko Claremont, Senior Lecturer, Department of Japanese Studies, University of Sydney

Literary connections between Australia and Japan

Portrait of Yasuko Claremont, Senior Lecturer, Department of Japanese Studies, University of Sydney

"In the library I found a comprehensive supply of books in English specificaly relating to my project, including translations into English of Japanese fiction, and I aslo found interconnected material giving me good background knowledge..."

"I was quite impressed by some of the latest collections of sociological materials, for example, seven volumes of short stories published in occupied Japan (1945-1952) by Fujiwara Shoten. I came across them while browsing in the stack."

Dr David Chapman, Program Director, International Studies and Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia

Koseki: the ‘State’ of creating and controlling Japanese citizens

Portrait of David Chapman, Program Director, International Studies and Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia

"The scheme is highly commendable and extremely effective in achieving its goals.The ability to access resources twenty-four hours a day aslo maximised the efficiency of the time I spent in Canberra. .. The library staff in the Asian materials collection are extremely professional, helpful and knowledgeable. I also benefited from the expertise and assistance of the staff in the general section of the library."

Associate Professor Sandra Wilson, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Murdoch University

Japanese nationalism in the early Meiji period

Portrait of Sandra Wilson, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences and Humanities,  Murdoch University

 "As a researcher from Western Australia, I found this grant more useful than I can say. .. In providing japan Study Grants, the National Library of Australia is extending extremely valuable suport to Japan Studies in Australia, of a kind that cannot be replicated by any other institution, because no other institution comes remotely close to the physical and human resources that the National Libray posesses."

 Ms Caroline Norma, PhD candidate, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

Hostess’ entertaining during the US occupation of Japan

Portrait of Caroline Norma, PhD, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

"The Library's collection of materials on comfort women is particularly far-reaching, and includes journals, which is where the latest historical and theoretical work on the subject is usually first published in Japanese. The library also holds non-scholarly sources on Japan's sex industry. The Japanese tabloid journals / magazines that the library holds were also useful for me. ...

Access to the closed stack was an invaluable priviledge that led me to come across many books that I wouldn't have found via the catalogue."


Mr Mark Pendleton, PhD candidate, University of Melbourne

Remembering the 1995 Tokyo subway gassing: memories and representations of the incident.

Mark Pendleton

"One of the key benefits of this grant has been the ability to immediately access magazine and journal articles from the stack. It was invaluable to have complete, or nearly complete, collections of major monthly and several weekly publications at hand.

"I stumbled across a couple of publications that do not appear on the major magazine/journal database Magazine Plus while browsing the stack shelves, such as Japan Military Review. Being able to extract information from these surprise finds, was a welcome result of having direct access to the stacks."

Associate Professor Leon Wolff, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

The death of lifelong employment in Japan? A legal analysis

Dr Leon Wolff

"The literature I accessed was in the field of law, but given the interdisciplinary connotations of my project, I also made wider use of materials in economics, sociology and gender studies. In addition to the secondary literature, I also made wide use of primary source materials, such as Japanese statutes, cases and official statistics.

"The opportunity to work in the Asian Reading Room and use the Asian Collection was a prized one. This is for three reasons. First, the National Library boasts excellent indexes and databases. In my first two weeks, I felt I was permanently camped in front of the Japanese-language computer using the Nichigai MagazinePLUS database, an excellent index of academic journals and reviews in the area of the social sciences. Second, the Asian Collection has a superb collection of books and journals in Japanese law. Indeed, I can say with some confidence that it boasts most of the resources (around 70-80%) of those materials that you would expect in a high quality law library in Japan. This makes it one of the world’s best libraries (outside of Japan) for researching Japanese law. And given the strategic importance of Japan to Australia both economically and geopolitically, this is a singular achievement."

 Ms Victoria Eaves, PhD candidate, Department of Japanese, University of Tasmania

Deconstructing myths: The Influence of the Kokutai discourse on Japanese soldier war diaries in New Guinea WWII

Victoria Eaves

"The value associated with being able to personally browse the stacks can not be understated. The new catalogue system has enhanced the ability to find material, but nothing can be as useful as actually looking through the surrounding areas. I have located an enormous amount of additional material through this process.

The duration of stay for my fellowship was very satisfactory, particularly as I was afforded the opportunity to stay after hours and on weekends."

 Ms Jennifer Harris, PhD candidate, University of Adelaide

The formation of Japanese art collections in Australian public museums, 1879-1945

Jennifer Harris

"I arrived with a ‘wish list’ of texts and the intention to target the following four collection areas: the Japanese collection, the Harold S Williams collection, the D.S. Sissons manuscript collection and the Petherick rare books collection.

"I wish to thank the National Library for this generous opportunity for such open access to materials both across collections but equally importantly unfettered by normal library hours. It enables those study grant recipients who have the complexity of family, study and work commitments to go into ‘lock down’ mode in a way not possible in the usual home study environment."

 Dr Kate Barclay, Senior lecturer, Japan Studies, Institute for International Studies, University of Technology Sydney

Japanese governance of fisheries

Dr Kate Barclay

"My initial aim in applying for a Japan Studies Grant was to look at Japanese fisheries governance, focussing particularly on aspects of fisheries connected to relations with neighbouring countries. I found quite a lot of this kind of material in a range of Japanese fisheries histories in the NLA collection. .... This material will feed into an ongoing project I have on a history of international relations between northeast Asian countries through fisheries interactions. ... Because a month is a short period and because I found a great deal of other material also in the collection, I did not read these histories in depth during the month, rather I made copies of pertinent parts of books and noted the names of others I might want to borrow through inter-library loans later."