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Last Updated: March 2024

Center for Japanese Research Fellows 2023/2024

Uno Kakegawa

Center for Japanese Research Fellow

Bachelor of Arts, Honours Political Science and Minor in Economics

Uno Kakegawa is a Research Fellow at the Center for Japanese Research at the University of British Columbia and a former political science and economics student at the University of Tokyo. Born in Japan, raised in Australia and currently studying in Canada on a full ride scholarship, Uno’s research interests lie in Japanese public policy, cultural diplomacy and issues in demography, fertility and female leadership.

Uno recently published an article in the East Asia Forum that explores the incentive program by the Japanese government offering one million yen per child to families willing to move from Greater Tokyo as a strategy to combat regional population decline. Her research analyzes domestic migration trends and fertility statistics as key components of this study. Concurrently, Uno is also writing her honours thesis on soft power diplomacy, conducting a comparative analysis of the utilization of music as a diplomatic instrument by both state and non-state actors.

Outside her academic endeavours, Uno is a classical violinist holding Associate Diplomas in Music in both Violin and Ensemble Performance. At aged 16, Uno was invited to perform Mendelssohn’s violin concerto at Carnegie Hall in New York and continues to perform solo violin, chamber and orchestral repertoire as a freelance performer.

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