Nikkei Asia Scholarship

Initiated by Nikkei (Nihon Keizai Shimbun) Inc. and JCER in 2006, this program invites promising researchers/economists from China, India and ASEAN countries to provide opportunities of studying in Japan. The maximum duration is one year.

2023 Nikkei Asia Scholarship Recipient


Maria Monica Wihardja (Indonesia) Indonesia

May 2023-July 2023

Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS)

Ms. Maria Monica Wihardja researches the digital economy, poverty, inequality and employment, food security, and trade and competitiveness. In Japan, she plans to conduct research on “Comparative Study of Digital Economic Transformation in Japan and Indonesia” (tentative)

Past Scholarship Recipients

May 2019- Nov. 2019 NguyenThiHongNga

NGUYEN Thi Hong Nga (Vietnam) Vietnam

Institute of World Economies and Politics, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Enhancing infrastructure connectivity in Vietnam under Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy versus China’s Belt and Road Initiative”

May 2018- Nov. 2018Naing Htet Lin

Naing Htet Lin (Myanmar) Myanmar

Yangon School of Political Science (YSPS)

PDF“The Current Situation and Prospects of Japanese FDI to Myanmar”

Apr. 2017- Sep. 2017


The National Institute for Economic Research (NIER)

PDF“Productivity Analysis of Manufacturing Industry in Laos and Lessons Learnt from Japan”

Jul. 2016- Jan. 2017

Bopharath SRY (Cambodia)Cambodia

Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI)

PDF“Current Status and Policy Challenges of Labour Migration in Cambodia”

May 2015- Aug. 2015

Supanutt SASIWUTTIWAT (Thailand)Thailand

Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)

PDF“Development of elementary school mergers in Japan: Lessons Learned for Thailand”

Apr. 2015- Oct. 2015

Prashant KUMAR (India)India

Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

PDF“Avenues of Mutual Cooperation in ODA Strategies of India and Japan in Africa”

Jul. 2014- Oct. 2014

YANG Ge (China)China

Institute of Population and Labor Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Impact of Internal migration on regional aging in China: With comparison to Japan”

Mar. 2014- May 2014

WANG Bijun (China)China

Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Chinese Economic Structure Change and Outward Direct Investment”

Jan. 2014- Apr. 2014

Valerie Gilbert ULEP (Philippines)Philippines

Philippines Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)

PDF“ASEAN Economic Community and Health Services Trade”

Aug. 2013- Oct. 2013

LU Yang (China)China

Institute of Population and Labor economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Population Change and its Iimpacts on Potential GDP Growth Rate: Comparison between China and Japan”

Jun. 2013- Sep. 2013

LEE Hwok Aun (Malaysia)Malaysia

University of Malaya

PDF“Affirmative Action in Education and Emplyment: Case Studies of Malaysia and South Africa, with Policy Implications for Japan”

Jun. 2012- Sep. 2012

YONG Sook Lu (Malaysia)Malaysia

University of Malaya

PDF“A latent class cluster analysis study of financial ratios and industry classifications between Japan and Malaysia”

Mar. 2012- Sep. 2012

XIE Zhigang (China)China

Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Cooperation, Relationship, and Evolutionary Process in Institutions”

May. 2011- Aug. 2011

TEO Gin Swee (Singapore)Singapore

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

PDF“Theoretical Analysis on the Globalization of R&D–With application on Japanese Firms”

Jan. 2011- Aug. 2011

LI Guoxue (China)China

Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Heterogeneity, Institutional Quality and the Entry Mode of Outward FDI”

Jan. 2010- Aug. 2010

Deni FRIAWAN (Indonesia)Indonesia

Centre for Strategic and International Studies

PDF“A Tale of Two Crises: Does Crisis Help or Hindrance Regional Economic Integration in East Asia?”

Sep. 2009- Feb. 2010

Sukanya NATARAJAN (India)India

Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

PDF“Global Financial Crisis:Evaluation of Policy Response from Japan, China and India”

Oct. 2008- Aug. 2009

NGUYEN Cao Duc (Vietnam)Vietnam

Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Tax System Reforms in Japan: Lessons for Vietnam”

Sep. 2008- Jun. 2009

WANG Yongzhong (China)China

Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Liberalization of Foreign Exchange Controls: Japan’s Experiences and Its Implications for China”

Oct. 2007- Jul. 2008

Jenny de Asis BALBOA (Philippines)Philippines

Philippine APEC Study Center Network, Philippines Institute for Development Studies

PDF“Negotiated Trade Liberalization in East Asia: Examining Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)”

Sep. 2007-Feb. 2008

LI Zhongmin (China)China

Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

PDF“Macroeconomics Fragility, Short-term Capital Flows, and Financial Risk”

Apr. 2007-Aug. 2007

Pornnapa LEELAPORNCHAI (Thailand)Thailand

Bank of Thailand

PDF“Trade Integration and Production Network in East Asia”

Dec. 2006- Mar. 2007

Worawan CHANDOEVWIT (Thailand)Thailand

Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)

PDF“Social Security Systems in Japan: Lessons Learned for Thailand”

Oct. 2006-Mar. 2007

Sanjeev JOSHI (India)India

Planning Commission, Government of India

PDF“Japan’s Experience in Fiscal Reforms- Analysis of Budgetary Impact of Local allocation Tax on the Local Governments in Japan and Comparison with Statutory Tax-sharing in India”

Sep. 2006-Aug. 2007

MEN Honghua (China)China

China’s Central Party School

PDF“East Asian Order Formation and Sino-Japanese Relations”