About the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund

The Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese language education was set up in 1995. It is funded from the interest earned on an endowment bestowed on Massey University by the Nippon Foundation (then the Sasakawa Foundation). The broad aim is to initiate and support existing projects which enhance Japanese language learning and Japanese studies in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions.

Eight institutions around the world have been recipients of similar endowments by the Nippon Foundation. In addition to Massey they are:

  • Bucharest University in Romania
  • Cairo University in Egypt
  • Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey
  • Indonesia University of Education
  • Macquarie University in Australia
  • Monash University in Australia
  • Queensland University and Griffith Universities (joint endowment) in Australia

Management committee

Paul Dunmore

Paul Dunmore, Acting Chair
Honorary Fellow, Massey University


Ms Joanne Barber
Teacher of Japanese at Hamilton Girls High School (nominee of NZAJLT)


Giselle Byrnes

Professor Giselle Byrnes
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic & Enterprise, Massey University


New Naomi Collins

Ms Naomi Collins
Co-ordinator of Sasakawa Programmes, Massey University


Michelle Lodge

Ms Michelle Lodge
Head of Languages Learning Area, Teacher in Charge of Japanese, Botany Downs High School; President, New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers (Nominee of NZAJLT)


James Penn

Mr James Penn
Director, Business at Asia New Zealand Foundation


Adele Jeanette

Dr Adele Scott
Experienced teacher educator/leader in learning, teaching, curriculum and qualifications (nominee of New Zealand Association of Language Teachers) 

Rehan Shahid
Financial Reporting Accountant


Penny Shino

Dr Penny Shino
Co-ordinator, East Asian Studies Programme, School of Language Studies, Massey University; President of JSANZ (Japan Studies Aotearoa New Zealand). (Nominee of New Zealand Universities.)

Programme framework

Though all are broadly focused on Japanese language and/or Japanese studies, the make-up of each programme is different, depending on the individual needs of Japanese educators in each country. In the case of the New Zealand endowment, the management committee reviews its projects regularly to ensure they are meeting needs. This is necessary because the challenges facing the Japanese language teaching community are fluid.

At present about 40% of the New Zealand budget is dedicated to a variety of scholarships for students and teachers of Japanese language and Japanese studies, 30% to research and resource production to support teachers, 10% to grants to support projects initiated by teachers, 10% to special projects and the balance covers the administration of the programme.

Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund

Massey University also administers the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff), a scholarship programme for graduate students at any New Zealand university, who are working towards a Master or Doctoral degree in a wide range of disciplines in social sciences, humanities, fine arts, business and trade. The Sylff programme is also funded by an endowment from the Nippon Foundation, but is completely separate from the Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese language education.

Programme coordinator

Naomi Collins
Email: n.e.collins@massey.ac.nz

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