The reason for choosing Japan to conduct research
My main objective was to work on policy and institutional aspects of participatory forest management in South and Southeast Asia. Prof. INOUE Makoto, my host researcher in The University of Tokyo is engaged in this very research area. Hence I chose Japan for undertaking postdoctoral research. The peaceful living environment in Japan too was a key factor and now I can vouch for the same. Furthermore, being an Asian, I thought of first exploiting the academic opportunities provided by the continent.
In the first year of fellowship, I was engaged in literature review and primary study. In this connection, I visited Thailand, Lao PDR, the Philippines and India using the research grant provided by JSPS. Now I am involved in writing two research articles and a book based on this research work. Thanks to The University of Tokyo for housing an excellent network of decentralized libraries and for providing efficient digital information services.
Advice to new fellows
In concise, I have the following advice to new fellows:
- You should be forthcoming. That is, do not live in your own limited world. Do your best to engage colleagues academically and socially.
- Create an academic niche for yourself in the workplace. As many of your colleagues might not be aware of your aptitude.
- Enjoy the exceptional amalgamation of Japanese traditional and modern culture.