Scholarship win helps law student pursue Japanese dream

Third-year Edinburgh Law School undergraduate Caroline Marshall has won a prestigious scholarship to visit Japan to study the country’s language and culture.

As the winner of the 2015 Thomas Blake Glover Aberdeen Asset Scholarship, Caroline has been awarded a six-week fully-funded intensive language study course at the International Christian University, Tokyo.

Caroline, who hopes to pursue a career in international commercial law, has a long-established love of the Japanese tradition of the Takarazuka Forum Theatre, a distinguished all-female acting school.

This spawned her interest and admiration in the wider Japanese culture and way of life.

She attends Japanese classes and when she learned about the Thomas Glover Scholarship last year, she felt it would provide a fantastic chance to visit, and learn more about, a country that inspires her.

“I feel really honoured to be afforded this amazing opportunity as I have been passionate about Japan for a number of years but I have never had the opportunity to go there,” she said.

“I never dreamt I would have the opportunity to go to Japan and work on language skills and this will be a huge help to my future career and my plans to go into international commercial law.”

The annual scholarship was initiated by the Japan Society of Scotland and is sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management. It is open to students from all over Scotland with an interest in business and Japan, with six candidates making it through to final interviews at the Japanese Consulate-General in Edinburgh last month.

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