39th class

  • Usui Daichi
    Usui Daichiborn.Nov. 10, 1988

    Area of interest: Tri-sector collaboration among NPOs, companies and government that maximizes public interest in capitalism

    Born in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. After graduating from the Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics, he became secretary-general of an international NGO that provides education assistance in developing countries in the form of screen education. Driven by this experience of tri-sector partnership (NPOs/companies/government) in social projects, his aim is to develop tri-sector collaboration that maximizes public interest in capitalism.

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  • Kim Boram
    Kim Boramborn.May 14, 1983

    Field research theme: Sustainable community development through international collaboration among urban cities

    Born in Busan City, Korea. After completing her doctoral coursework at The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Education, she lectured at Meiji University and Hosei University before joining MIGM. Passionate about social and human sustainability, her aim is to resolve urban issues and realize cities as places offering rich coexistence.

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  • Suto Hirobumi
    Suto Hirobumiborn.April 12, 1983

    Field research theme: Legislative reform with a civil society perspective to prevent recidivism and support rehabilitation

    Born in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture. Graduated from the Chiba University Law School and worked as a lawyer at the Narita General Law Office. Through representing clients, he became aware of the importance of legislative and judicial systems that adequately protect people’s interests and support rehabilitation. Since joining MIGM, he has focused on recidivism prevention and welfare policy.

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  • Hada Daisen
    Hada Daisenborn.April 10, 1989

    Field research theme: Agricultural policy to make Japan the world’s most advanced agricultural nation

    Born in Sapporo City, Hokkaido. A graduate of the Hokkaido University School of Economics with a business management major. Worked at the Hokuren Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives before joining MIGM. Interested in promoting wider uptake of smart agriculture using cutting-edge robot technologies and ICT so as to lay the foundations for food self-sufficiency here in Japan and achieve a long-term stable food supply for the world.

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40th class

  • Kobayashi Yuta
    Kobayashi Yutaborn.Born October 25, 1996

    Field research theme: A co-creation society in which all individuals can utilize their abilities

    Born in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture. While studying at Ritsumeikan University’s College of Policy Science, he noticed that an excessive number of people were transferring away from his hometown of Yokosuka. At MIGM, he is examining the issues facing “edge cities” as their populations decline, aiming to realize cities with small populations that can still empower each individual to shine at home and in the workplace.

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  • Nakayama Shinju
    Nakayama Shinjuborn.Born April 16, 1995

    Field research theme: Social inclusion for children and parents

    Born in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. While studying at the Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, she served as the student director of the child poverty prevention center “Usnova,” where she observed the extreme social isolation suffered by single parents in particular. At MIGM, her research is focused on child-raising support from a gender perspective.

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41st class

  • Sakata Kenta
    Sakata Kentaborn.Born December 11, 1991

    Field research theme: Building creative organizational foundations for local government

    Field research theme: Building creative organizational foundations for local government Born in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Aoyama Gakuin University, he joined the Kanagawa Prefectural Government, where he saw how local authorities are struggling with the numerous and complex issues presented by the changing social structure. He is exploring how local authorities can build creative organizational foundations that innovate from within.

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  • Sohno Hajime
    Sohno Hajimeborn.Born January 5, 1993

    Field research theme: A universal social welfare system

    Born in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from Waseda University’s School of Political Science and Economics, he entered the Sumitomo Mitsui Bank. Dealing with personal asset and SME loan business, he realized that stable household finances are the cornerstone of a peaceful nation. He aims to realize a universal social welfare system that gives people the freedom to chart their own lives.

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  • Tomiyasu Yusuke
    Tomiyasu Yusukeborn.Born December 19, 1990

    Field research theme: A society full of laughter and hope for children

    Born in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Graduated from Kyushu University’s Faculty of Law and entered the Fukuoka Prefectural Government, where he developed plans for child poverty programs and served as a child welfare officer at a child consultation center. His goal is to prevent child abuse and realize a society where all children can grow up with hope and laughter.

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  • Nakada Tomohiro
    Nakada Tomohiroborn.Born August 19, 1997

    Field research theme: Prevent the rise of populism and overcome social division in Japan

    Born in Kanagawa Prefecture. Graduated from Waseda University’s School of Political Science and Economics, where he observed the rise of populism and social division in the United States and Europe and the change occurring in Japanese society. He joined MIGM to explore how to prevent the rise of populism in Japan, overcome the social divisions that underlie populism, and realize social harmony.

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42nd class

  • Izaki Taigi
    Izaki Taigiborn.Born February 16, 1995

    Field research theme: Realizing a nation with diversity through autonomous local government

    Born in Kita-kyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Graduated from Osaka University’s School of Human Sciences and worked on energy trade at Kansai Electric Power Company and IT business at Otobank before joining MIGM. Viewing the diversity created by autonomous local government as critical in breaking through the paralysis currently afflicting Japan, he is exploring the decentralization of power to local governments and collaboration among cities in and beyond Japan as roads to a prosperous Japan.

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  • Ichikawa Kodai
    Ichikawa Kodaiborn.Born May 22, 1995

    Field research theme: Japan and a new internationalism

    Born in Kumagaya City, Saitama Prefecture. After graduating from the Keio University Faculty of Law, he completed Masters degrees at both Keio University and The University of Tokyo. Having majored in international politics since his undergrad years, he was alarmed at the rise of China and the decline of the US and European presence. He joined MIGM to find a way for Japan to drive internationalism in the international community.

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  • Otaki Maoko
    Otaki Maokoborn.October 6, 1997

    Field research theme: Promoting gender equality in sport

    Born in Hitachiōmiya City, Ibaraki Prefecture. A geography and history major at the School of Education in Waseda University’s Department of Social Studies, her involvement in sports from an early age exposed her to the distance between society’s pursuit of diversity and what goes on in the sporting world. At MIGM, she aims to use athlete education to reform the sporting world and Japanese society.

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  • Hinohara Yuka
    Hinohara Yukaborn.March 28, 1988

    Field research theme: A society based on diversity, inclusiveness, and coexistence

    Born in Gunma Prefecture. After graduating from Waseda University’s Graduate School of Political Science, she initially joined Renesas Electronics, then went on to work for an NGO and the United Nations in humanitarian and development assistance in the Middle East and Africa. The awareness of social inequality and discrimination she gained through that experience led her to focus on realizing a society based on diversity, inclusiveness, and coexistence.

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  • Matsuda Aya
    Matsuda Ayaborn.July 8, 1988

    Field research theme: Japanese diplomacy through the lens of US-China relations

    Born in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Graduating from the Ohio State University International Studies program, she majored in Chinese philosophy at Peking University’s graduate school. After a stint as a university lecturer, she joined MIGM to become a policymaker positioned to bring safety and hope to society. Her focus is on making Japan an unwavering champion for world peace in the international community.

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  • Mizukami Yuki
    Mizukami Yukiborn.November 14, 1994

    Field research theme: Reform of the Japanese education system

    Born in Sapporo City, Hokkaido. Completed a Masters program in Tokyo Gakugei University’s Graduate School of Education. Studying in Germany on an international exchange, she realized that Japan’s education system needed a fundamental overhaul. Her research examines necessary improvements in education content and in teachers’ working conditions.

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