2017 Incoming Class: Akira Kawasaki


Meet Akira – First year International Development Studies student from Japan coming to D.C. for the first time!

Through this program, I would like to do research on employment and labor issues in developing countries. When I was an undergraduate student, I visited Mongolia, Mexico and Kenya for a work camp program. From this experience, I learned that many people in developing countries have unstable jobs. My goal is to become a specialist in employment and job creation, and to work for an international organization such as the UN or World Bank Group, to improve job security in developing countries.

As for myself, I earned a B.A. in International Liberal Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan in 2014, and after that, I worked for a Japanese private trading company for three years. My responsibility was to sell construction machinery to Africa and Latin America. I believe this work experience in the private sector was meaningful in my life, and it will be a plus for my future career to be a specialist in employment and job creation.

This is the first time I’ve been to Washington D.C., so I am looking forward to enjoying its atmosphere as the political center of the United States. Also, when I get free time, I would like to visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York. These next two years shall be the most challenging and unforgettable time in my life. I am so excited to see as many people as possible and to share different experiences.

The 2017 Incoming Class Series highlights students starting a Master’s degree at the Elliott School in the Fall 2017 semester. The series will run from June through the beginning of the semester. For more information, contact esiagrad@gwu.edu.