Bulletin of Keio University Faculty of Science and Technology
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07 Junko Hayase I’ve been always natural, not particularly conscious of being “female”.

photoAs a female researcher, have you experienced any particular hardship or benefit?
I’m not particularly conscious of advantage or disadvantage in terms of gender because I’ve been surrounded by men since my college days. Most of the time the consciousness as a female didn’t come to mind. Naturally, I always see myself as a person and not as a woman. The only good thing about me being a woman is that as a minority I can be easily remembered by others. I may be also benefiting as a woman because of recently introduced systems aimed to support female researchers. But if I’m benefiting from such systems, I feel obliged to return the benefit I received by producing suitable results. It’s my feeling of responsibility not as a female but as a researcher…

What about diversion from your research work?
Since I’m usually leading a restless life, I try to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle when I’m not working, going shopping with my husband, taking trips and so on. Proper rest and relaxation are definitely necessary because research work demands physical strength and energy as well as power of concentration. Likewise, I’d like my lab students to lead a life punctuated with rhythms of hard work and relaxation.

Just a word from . . .
A student: A student: I’m always impressed with Dr. Hayase’s toughness. Whatever trouble occurs, she comes in punctually and proceeds to research work in a concentrated manner. I admire her as a mirror of research scientists. Just as an attempt to follow her pattern, I’ve begun to develop my physical strength.

(Reporter & and text writer: Madoka Tainaka)


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1 Turning point in my life: an  encounter with a high-school  physics teacher
2 Seeking a research career to  achieve something innovative
3 I’ve been always natural, not  particularly conscious of being  “female”.
Profile Junko Hayase Dr. Hayase’s specialty is quantum optoelectronics. Specifically, she engages in studies regarding optical properties of nanostructured semiconductors based on the use of ultrashort light pulses, quantum control, and application of quantum information. Ms. Hayase acquired a doctor’s degree (science) at Sophia University. Before being assigned to the current position as an associate professor of Keio University’s Faculty of Science and Technology in 2010, Dr. Hayase served as a fellow researcher at RIKEN’s basic science laboratory, a fellow researcher at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), 
a researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s (JST) “PRESTO (Sakigake)” system, and a research associate professor at the University of Electro-Communications’ Education and Research Center for Advanced Studies. In 2009, she was awarded the “Young Scientist’s Prize” by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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