“May as many foreign students as possible obtain such support and asssitance as Akira Foundation offers, which helps follow through with their research activities, addressing and solving many of the societal problems.”
6 April 2013
MEIJIN LI | China

I enrolled in a PhD program at a Japanese national university and had researched the possibility to implement the life skills education programs effective in developing abilities to avoid sexual risk behaviors. Luckily enough, I was awarded an Social Innovation Scholarship (SIS) from Akira Foundation, which helped focus my entire time on conducting literature reviews and field researches for my dissertation.

The past research findings on the preceding topic in and out of Japan show that the status of risk behaviors among youth, reflects individual and environmental factors. In particular, self esteem that manages personal risks represents social and psychological constructs that have been found to underlie multiple risk behaviors.

With this most claimed research result in mind, developing life skills is essential to preventing adolescent and any other types of risky behaviors among youth. Following this proven line of argument, I have conducted with school teachers vairous field research and workshops in the life skill training program related to sexual development and risk behaviors, as well as having been examining the effectivness of the program.

Last, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Akira Foundation for kindly providing Social Innovation Scholarship to me. May as many foreign students as possible obtain such support and asssitance as Akira Foundation offers, which helps follow through with their research activities, addressing and solving many of the societal problems.

Meijin Li earned a Ph.D at the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, in Hyogo, Japan. She is an alumna of SIS Fellow 2010 at Akira Foundation. She was also awarded “Monbukagakusho Honor Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students” from Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) in 2003, 2005, and 2012, and a scholarship from Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation in 2008. Prior to coming for a study in Japan, she had taught Chinese linguistics and literature as a licensed teacher at an elementary school in China.
Research scope: The Study of Possibility to Implement the Life Skills Education Programs Effective in Developing Abilities to Avoid Sexual Risk Behaviors into China