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Contributing to the Globalization of Japanese Universities

  • Toshihiko Aono
  • Toshihiko Aono
  • 2014 (3rd cohort)

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Visiting Researcher
Main entrance of the London School of Economics and Political Science
Main entrance of the London School of Economics and Political Science
Research presentation at the Institute of Historical Research
Research presentation at the Institute of Historical Research
Q1
What is the theme of your research?

I’m researching “Lyndon Johnson’s arms policies and NATO”. As a case study of the late 1960s, it was a period of change for global order with national attitudes constantly shifting regarding security. The study is based on what aspects make nuclear disarmament and arms control possible and effective.

Q2
Could you give us a quick synopsis of what you’re focusing on while studying abroad?

The Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where I’m currently enrolled as a visiting researcher is a top class research institute in my field of study. I’ve participated in seminars, studied the latest research trends, and learned a great deal on how to present my own research. I’ve learned a lot not only from the lectures and workshops offered by the LSE, but also from the pub discussions held by participants after a seminar.

Q3
How do you feel about the International Fellowship?

I brought my family along with me on this project, and thanks to the generous support of the Fellowship both physically and spiritually, I’ve been able to focus on my research. They have been an immense help regarding support for research expenses such as for business trips.

Q4
How do you plan on using this experience after returning to Japan?

Japanese universities are being forced to respond to globalization without the time to stop and think. Once I return home I would like to contribute to the globalization of Japanese universities on both the research and teaching fronts by presenting my research results as a member of this Fellowship in international conferences and journals, as well as returning to teaching at universities and graduate schools.