IUJ students won prizes in the 2022 FALIA Essay Competition

Four IUJ students won prizes including 1st place, 3rd place and effort awards in FALIA’s Annual Essay Competition. FALIA (The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the world) was established in 1962, and the foundation is supported by the Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company, one of Japan’s longest-standing insurance providers.

FALIA’s essay competition has been running since 2014, and allows international undergraduate or graduate students in Japan the opportunity to submit a piece on any topic pertaining to life insurance. Essays can be submitted to the competition in either English or Japanese.

Winning IUJ students and their essay themes:

1st Place: Fritzie Rodriguez, International Relations Program
“Life Insurance, Same-Sex Couples, & Gender Equality: Lessons from the Philippines”

3rd Place: Gay Margarett Gange, International Development Program
“Insurance Expenditure During COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Filipino Households”

Effort award: Gangaram Bhattarai, International Development Program
“Relationship between Insurance and grouth: Evidence from Nepal”

Effort award: Karma Thinley Wangchug, International Development Program
“Educational attainment and the demand for life insurance: a case of Bhutan”

Puntsag Davgadorj, our MBA class of 2019 and a current student at the Tokyo University also won an effort prize.

Winners’ Presentations >>>


The awarding ceremony was held on January 20th, and students were pictured – Fritzie is 5th  from the right, Gay is the 4th from the right, Gangaram is 2nd from the right, Karma is the 3rd from the left and Puntsag is the 2nd from the right.

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