The 10 female scientists being backed by Shiseido

Japanese giant pays for babysitters and research assistants as it encourages women to pursue science at any life stage

Shiseido has awarded the recipients of its tenth annual Female Researcher Science Grant.

Corporate Executive Officer and Chief R&D Officer Yoichi Shimatani presented the awards to the ten grant winners, with each taking away ¥1m or approximately USD$9,000.

Grant recipients are encouraged to spend the funds on costs to support their careers, regardless of life stage. Therefore Shiseido does not set age limits on applicants.

Funds can be spent on hiring babysitters to cover childcare while on business trips, or to hire research assistants.

Shimatani said: “Slowly but surely, the grant’s purpose of supporting female researchers who are aiming to be leaders is being achieved.”


The winners are:

1. Akiko Shoji, from the Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University
2. Ayaka Sakata from the Research Organization of Information and Systems, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics
3. Hisae Tateishi-Karimata from the Konan University, Frontier Institute for Biomolecular Engineering Research
4. Mai Bando from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Graduate School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University
5. Mizue Mizoshiri from the Mechanical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University
6. Natsumi Ageta-Ishihara from the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
7. Ruri Hidema from the Department of Chemical and Science Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University
8. Soyoung Park from the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
9. Toyoko Suzuki from the Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University
10. Yukari Oda from the Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University.

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