March 1, 2007

TUJ student Mari Saito has won the top prize in the Swadesh DeRoy Scholarship competition sponsored by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) for her essay “The Future of Japanese Women.” Mari’s essay was chosen from over 40 entries collected from students at a dozen universities. The annual competition was created to encourage and support university students interested in entering the journalism field. Mari will receive ¥500,000 as her prize.

“I was extremely honored to receive this particular scholarship, and very grateful that my professor, Ron Carr, informed me of the opportunity,” Mari commented. “I wrote an article about gender inequality in Japan, which is a social issue I feel strongly about. The FCCJ scholarship will give me an opportunity to continue my university education and to pursue my goal of becoming a journalist.”

Mari plans to transfer to the main campus to study broadcast journalism.