Mariko keen to strengthen ties between Japan and WA

Mariko Huartson will spend up to a year studying in Japan after receiving a scholarship. Picture: Emma Goodwin
Mariko Huartson will spend up to a year studying in Japan after receiving a scholarship. Picture: Emma Goodwin

Northern suburbs resident Mariko Huartson received one of the two scholarships presented by Education Minister Peter Collier last month.

Miss Huartson said she planned to go to Japan in August or September to study at Tokyo Metropolitan University (Tokyo Shuto Daigaku).

‘The scholarship allows me to be there for a year,’ she said.

Having been to Japan a few times to visit family, Miss Huartson said she also did a two-week high school exchange there in 2007.

The Edith Cowan University student is studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Japanese, at the Mt Lawley campus with a history minor based at Joondalup.

‘At the moment, I’m thinking of doing Japanese teaching as a form of a stable job,’ she said. ‘I really have a passion for pronunciation and articulation.’

In her third year of this degree, Miss Huartson said she had previously studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

‘After doing it for about three years, my views changed from a medical to a more linguistic perspective,’ she said.

She said she wanted to make videos to help Japanese people with their English pronunciation, and English-speaking people with their Japanese, particularly in the business world.

‘I would like to help those people communicate a little more smoothly,’ she said.

Miss Huartson said it was an honour to receive the scholarship and have the opportunity to explore a place that was part of her identity.

Mr Collier said the scholarships recognised the role young people played in strengthening professional networks between Japan and WA.