Big in Japan: Alex Warofka, BA '12, combines his interests in Japanese culture and economics
Alex Warofka, BA ’12, turned an economics major and a passion for Japanese culture into a yearlong research project. He is currently immersed in an examination of the state of industry and immigration policy in Japan as a Fulbright scholar based there. His research will address the “economic impact of the Chinese diaspora on the Japanese economy and thus better inform the present debate surrounding Japanese immigration policy,” according to the proposal for which he won the grant from the U.S. Department of State.
Warofka (second from the right) studied Japanese language and culture at Case Western Reserve University and in high school as a participant in Columbia University’s Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. He made his first trip to that country at 14 and has visited regularly since. His linguistic proficiency has allowed him to conduct research in English and Japanese both, and to take courses at a Japanese university to further his fluency and bolster his knowledge of the country’s economy and culture.
The prestigious Fulbright grant will stand this budding scholar in good stead during the next stage of his career; Warofka plans to apply to PhD programs in economics after completing his project.
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