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Japan Alumni eNews  Vol. 34  February 10, 2012

Swan1. Life in Japan by Photo -- Life in Japan shown through photos. We look forward to your submissions!

2. Alumni News -- News on International Students / Introduction of “Prospective International Students” / Introduction of “Japan Alumni Associations" / Introduction of “Programs for former international students ”

3. Academic News -- Introducing Faculties/Graduate Schools / Scholarships/ Grants/ Invitation/ Awards, etc. / Scholarships/ Grants/ Invitation Information and Reports / Academic Societies / Japanese Language Test

4. Business News -- Guidebook for International Students in Preparation for Job Hunting 2013 / Job Hunting-Related Event Information / Job Hunting Reports from Former International Students / Job Hunting Consultations / Convenient Job Hunting Information

5. Visit Japan -- Why not try traveling throughout Japan / Famous places, events, and cuisine information from around Japan!

6. NIPPON Time Machine -- This section features enjoyable stories about pop culture, traditions, dining, cutting-edge technology, and more!

7. JASSO News -- Follow-up Research Fellowship (invitation program) / Follow-up Research Guidance (dispatch program) / Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) / Notice from Osaka Japanese Language Education Center / Reports on the 2010, 2011 International University-Exchange Seminar

8. From the Reader -- Impressions from our readers! / Correction

 

1. Life in Japan by Photo

Life in Japan shown through photos. We look forward to your submissions!

 

Memories in Japan

 

In this issue, introducing “Memories in Japan” through photos!

(Dispense with the Mr. and Mrs.)

 

Who is the tallest?

 

 

■Ahn Yeon Jung (Korea)

Title: Who is the tallest?

We have promised that let's meet again! When these kids

Become 20 years old. The friendship has made not only kids but also parents.

 

 

 

 

 

Hiroshima Flower Festival

 

■Yan Liang (China)

Hirosima Shudo University, Sophomore

Title: Hiroshima Flower Festival

I thought the scenery of Hiroshima Peace Memorial which was the symbol of cruelty of war and damage of atomic bomb, and the folded paper cranes floating on the river lit up by the various colors were the symbol of peace was so beautiful for wishing peace. I started my life as a foreign student in this town, Hiroshima.

 

 

Sapporo Snow Festival

 

■Erdenesaikhan Tegshduuren (Mongolia)

Rakuno Gakuen University (March 2006 – September 2010)

Title: Sapporo Snow Festival

This is my pleasure to submitting the photo taken in Sapporo Snow Festival - 2010. When I see this photo, I remember the music and the lights were dancing over there. Missing beautiful nights of Sapporo Snow Festival.

 

 

 

From the Observatory of Tokyo Tower

 

■Dong Sheng (China)

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) Young Leaders Program (YLP) Master's Degree

Title: From the Observatory of Tokyo Tower

This picture depicts looking down at the ground from a height of 145 m through Lookdown Window from the main observatory. The most impressive scene to some of our participants is this. On our way, the guide introduced that after the earthquake there is damage to the top of the tower with a little leaning, yet most of us were not aware of it. What we felt during the trip, is that the tower, as well as the surrounding buildings stand still, and like giants holding their heads high. Every participant felt safe and enjoyed the journey on the height. This is just resembling the spirit of Japan, or even the whole world, that will never be easily destroyed by a disaster, and will recover and stand firm.

 

■Qi Yanggang (China)

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 4th grade

Title: Climbing Bungo Fuji

It was really meaningful activity. The mutual cooperation of both Japanese and foreign students made us reach the summit of Bungo Fuji (Mt. Yufudale) where its elevation is more than 1,500 meters. Sometimes we felt danger on the way to the top, but we put the most focus on each personal safety and our mutual safety. For the future I put higher goal to reach with my Japanese friends.

 

 

The summit of Bungo Fuji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jump at the summit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea time while climbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing Bungo Fuji

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, how did you enjoy our article? Please do not miss the photos on March issue!


 

2. Alumni News

Introduce news related to international students and student experiences!

 

1) News on International Students

 

News 1: Announcement of the results on the International Students in Japan 2011 survey     

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) announced the results of their International Students in Japan 2011 survey on their website on January 20, 2012. According to this survey, the number of international students in Japan on May 1, 2011 was 138,075 (a reduction of 3,699 people [2.6%] compared to the previous year). For a detailed overview of the survey results, please refer to the following link.

(Reference: http://www.jasso.go.jp/statistics/intl_student/data11_e.html)


(Image) miko

News 2: International students experience working as miko at a shrine

Nine Chinese international students served as miko (shrine maidens) at the “Toka Ebisu” festival of Nishinomiya Shrine (Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture), which is dedicated to the deity Ebisu-no-kami, over a three-day period from January 9. Toka Ebisu is a festival that takes place at shrines devoted to Ebisu-sama, who is one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune and is known as a deity that brings benefits especially in the realms of business prosperity and bountiful fish catches. At this lively festival, bamboo grass decorated with talismans is sold. The nine Chinese people are students at Kobe International University. They asked the shrine if they could participate because they wanted to experience Japanese culture and introduce their experiences to people in their home country. The shrine agreed, and hired them as special trainees who received no payment. The international students intend to share information about their “miko experience” via the Internet and other methods.

 

 

News 3: “Number 110 Lesson” for international students

The Mitoyo Police Department in Kagawa Prefecture held a “Number 110 Lesson” for international students living in Mitoyo City. There, they taught the students how to communicate if they have been involved in crime and accidents. The five international students who participated came from Laos, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Malaysia and are studying at the Takuma Campus of the Kagawa National College of Technology (in Takuma Town, Mitoyo City). They learned how to call 110, and experienced the necessity of quickly and accurately telling a criminal’s appearance, clothing, and other characteristics as quickly as possible through mock telephone calls.

 

Akiyoshidai

News 4: Yamaguchi City appoints international students as tourism ambassadors

Yamaguchi City recently appointed 25 international students enrolled at Yamaguchi University and Yamaguchi Prefectural University as “Yamaguchi City Inbound Tourism Ambassadors” in order to have them promote the good qualities of Japan and Yamaguchi to international students. This is the second year that such appointments have been made. This year’s international students include 16 students from China, 8 students from Korea, and 1 student from Finland. These students experienced the charm of Yamaguchi by visiting sightseeing spots, such as Akiyoshidai, as part of their training. The annual number of tourists to Yamaguchi City has been stable for several years at around 19,000 people. Great expectations are directed towards the future activities of these tourism ambassadors.

 

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2) Introduction of “Prospective International Students”    

 

Mr. Nguyen Tien Hai (Vietnam)

 

 

 

Mr. Nguyen Tien Hai (Vietnam)

Sakura Japanese Language School

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Nguyen Tien Hai, I am 22 years old. I am Vietnamese and live in Ho Chi Minh.

 

Here I have learned about Japan.

 

I love Japan because there are many beautiful and famous places in Japan.

 

For example, Mt. Fuji is a very popular mountain in Japan. Every winter, many people visit there. Many Japanese people like skiing.

 

Sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom in the spring. It is the most famous flower in Japan and Japanese people love sakura. When sakura is bloom, many people go to see the sakura blossoms. And, many people hold feasts like eating foods, drinking beer or Japanese sake, and singing songs under the sakura trees. This is what we call “Ohanami (cherry blossom viewing).” I think this is quite interesting custom. I love this kind of Japanese culture.

 

(Image) Sashimi

 

I love Japanese cuisine, too. Japanese dishes are all delicious and there are many popular foods. For example, sashimi and sushi. I think how to make Japanese dishes are so fun. We eat sashimi by cutting raw fish meat with special knife. There are many types of sushi. In Tokyo, the sushi is called as “Edo-mae (Edo = Tokyo style)”, and we can have “nigiri-sushi (hand-shaped sushi)” and “chirashi-sushi (sushi rice with many toppings).” In Osaka we can have “oshi-zushi (pressed sushi)”.

 

 

I think Japanese people are very kind and hardworking. I think that makes Japan as the second largest economy country. Japan also has very good technology to make cars.

 

If I go to Japan to study, I want to be a good Japanese speaker. And I want to learn more about Japanese culture and Japanese people.

 

After completing my study in Japan and going back to Vietnam, I would like to teach Japanese at universities.

 

 

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3) Introduction of “Japan Alumni Associations”

 

Amanogawa: The Pacific Northwest Japanese Government Scholarship Alumni Association

 

Amanogawa will have its 10th anniversary coming up soon in the year 2012. Throughout its history, the members of Amanogawa have worked to promote Japanese Culture and the benefits of the Japanese Government Scholarship to prospective applicants. There are three primary activities we perform in order to achieve those goals. 

 

Sakura Matsuri

 

First, our members participate in community events where we promote the Japanese Government Scholarship and Japanese Culture. Events like the Sakura Matsuri and Aki Matsuri, held annually in the Seattle metropolitan area in the spring and fall attract more than 20,000 visitors. Amanogawa members are honored to be able to promote the Japanese Government Scholarship and Japanese culture to such a wide audience more than twice a year.

 

 

 

Second, Amanogawa members participate in the biannual pre-departure orientation for new scholarship recipients held at the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. At the orientation sessions, our senior alumni connect with and advise the newest recipients. Our discussions focus on two topics: 1) How new scholarship recipients can succeed in the academic culture of Japan. 2) How scholarship returnees can successfully return to the United States. The answers to these questions are not “one-size-fits-all”.  Each scholar’s personality will shape their experience abroad and their experience after their scholarship program ends. Our goal is to share our experience so that each member can both make the best of their scholarship program and their career after returning home. Therefore, in order to make sure that we give the correct advice to each new and returning scholar, our members do their best to learn about new members’ individual interests and needs.

 

Third, as an alumni association, our greatest goal is supporting the professional and academic achievement of each of our members. As our membership is involved in a variety of fields, such as academia and education, IT, business, law, and government, we hope that we can share our collective experience and wisdom to promote the success of Japanese Government Scholarship recipients. Nonetheless, the first challenge we have had to overcome is that of recruiting new recipients and retaining members.

 

Regarding alumni association membership, I would like to share some advice with other alumni associations on the topic of membership retention and recruitment. In the United States, at present, there are only two official alumni associations for Japanese Government Scholarships. Amanogawa, based in Seattle, Washington, and one other Japanese Government Scholarship alumni association, based in Los Angeles, California. Because most returning scholars have home universities with a large presence in the U.S., many returning scholars overlook the opportunity to join their Japanese Government Scholarship alumni association. Recently, by using facebook and other social media sites, Amanogawa members have been able to establish meaningful contact with new and former recipients. By using the communicative utility of the internet, we are able to connect and provide useful information to each other much more quickly than before. As a result, our membership keeps increasing every year.

 

Amanogawa Members

 

As a final note, I would like to mention that the crucial work of establishing Amanogawa was done with the support of the Consulate-General of Seattle. Because of their support our group was founded as an official Japanese Government Scholarship Alumni Association. I encourage every student to contact their local Embassy or Consulate–General of Japan upon their return so that they can find out about new opportunities available to them as a former Japanese Government Scholar.

 

 

By David Michael Ramirez II, President 2011-2012, Amanogawa Chairman

 

Contact

Amanogawa: The Pacific Northwest Japanese Government Scholarship Alumni Association

E-mail: alumn-amanogawa@googlegroups.com or education@se.mofa.go.jp (valid after March in 2012)

Website: http://sites.google.com/site/alumnamanogawa/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/370595918896/ (closed group, please request membership as a former Japanese Government Scholarship recipient)

 

Address

Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle

601 Union St. Suite 500

Seattle, WA 98101

Telephone: 1-206-624-9097

 


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4) Introduction of “Programs for former international students”

 

Nanzan University “Home Coming Day”

Japanese staff speaking with former international students.   

Every year in November when Nanzan University’s university festival is held, Home Coming Day sponsored by Nanzan University Alumni Association is also organized which takes place on Culture Day (November 3). This event has been proposed by Father Albert Bold, the seventh chairman of Nanzan School Corporation, and held since 1964. It is indeed the biggest event of the Alumni Association, participated by many alumni as well as their families and friends.

 

Concurrently, Nanzan University International Students Alumni Network also has been hosting its Home Coming Day on the same day since 2009 for former international students who have graduated from or completed their studies in undergraduate courses or graduate schools as well as those who have completed the Center for Japanese Studies and faculty members who had been involved in Japanese language education. On the day of the event, Nanzan University International Students Alumni Network’s booth is set up in the salon where you will also find other booths by Nanzan University Alumni Association featuring coffee/tea, portrait drawing, items with the university’s name engraved and craftsmanship. There, the former international students are welcomed.

By setting up a booth in the salon, we are able to promote the activities of Nanzan University International Students Alumni Network to all the other alumni. At the booth, the staff of Nanzan University’s Center for International Education where Nanzan University International Students Alumni Network’s head office is placed also provides consultation for those interested in becoming host families of international students. Moreover, former students with experience of studying abroad while enrolled in Nanzan

 

University stop by to share their memorable stories while some also purchase overseas goods that are both rare and original.

Original post cards given to visitors for free.

On the day, we also invite teachers who have taught us Japanese so that we may rekindle old ties with stories of our study abroad days as well as updating each other with the latest news. Indeed, many people stop by this booth where previously-used Japanese textbooks and pamphlets providing information on the courses are exhibited and memorable photos are displayed while Japanese language education and cross-cultural exchange that Nanzan University is working on at the moment are introduced.

International students currently studying at Nanzan University also seem to enjoy comparing their situation with those of the former students by getting to know their experiences through such information. We believe that it is important for them to know about Nanzan University International Students Alumni Network while in school.

 

Having a nice time in the salon.

There also have been former international students who have planned their trip to Japan around the same time as the Home Coming Day. Those remaining in the country to pursue their studies as well as those working here visit us, too. Unfortunately, it is rather difficult for former international students to participate in this event since most of them have gone back to their countries. Nevertheless, as we continue to hold it every year, we hope that there will be more people who wish to meet other alumni members at the Home Coming Day.

 

 


 

3. Academic News

Introduce scholarships, grants, unique efforts by universities, and more!

 

1) Introducing Faculties/Graduate Schools    

 

Ashikaga Institute of Technology

 

Ashikaga Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Fireworks Course (Graduate School of Fireworks)
[Profile] (as of January 17, 2012)

◆Name: Graduate School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Fireworks Course  (Graduate School of Fireworks)

◆Location: 268-1, Omaecho, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi-ken

◆Website: http://www.ashitech.ac.jp/ehome/index.html

◆Students Matriculated in the Graduate School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Fireworks Course  (Graduate School of Fireworks): 8

◆International students Matriculated in the Graduate School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Fireworks Course  (Graduate School of Fireworks): 7

◆Countries of Accepted International Students: 1

 

 

 

FireworksAshikaga Institute of Technology established the Graduate School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Fireworks Course  (commonly known as the Graduate School of Fireworks) in April 2006. In fireworks (technical term: pyrotechnics) are encompassed many types of chemistry as well as various physical phenomena. Combustions of rocket propellants, gas-forming agents for automotive air-bags, emergency road flares and matches all are exactly the same in principal as fireworks. There are, indeed, many different products (explosive devices) that have been made based on the same technology. Japan’s asteroid probe “Hayabusa” is also equipped with a number of precision explosive devices.

Such topics as studies/educational goals, learning contents and career options at the Graduate School of Fireworks will be hereby introduced.

 

(1) Studies/Educational Goals

Mastering Knowledge and Techniques Based on a Wide Vision

To master techniques related to types/properties, design and composition of chemical substances used in fireworks as well as expertise concerning combustion reaction, luminescence/color development, sound emission and smoke-generating phenomenon.

Mastering Research Capabilities

To master research planning/implementation, experimental skills and measuring technique to enhance research capabilities and creating abilities.

Mastering Skills Necessary for Career Goal, etc.

To master practical skills required in advanced professionals by taking classes and participating in research activities (including visits to factories/research institutions and special lectures) at the graduate school.

 

Students of the Graduate School of Fireworks presenting their studies

 

(2) Learning Contents

Subjects are offered that allow students to concentrate on learning basic chemistry regarding combustion of fireworks as well as basic thermodynamics, combustion/blast engineering, optical/color engineering, safety engineering, production method of fireworks, experimental/measuring techniques, etc. The master’s program runs for 2 years and the first year is mainly devoted to learning the subjects. From the second year of the said program, a research theme is given to each of the students. Instructed by advisors, they develop research plans and proceed with their researches. Experiments and computers are made full use of to study the many types of chemistry as well as various physical phenomena including combustion, light/color, smoke, sound and movement. Students are able to acquire knowledge and skills of a wide variety through these research activities.

 

(3) Career Options

So far, those who have completed the master’s program of the Graduate School of Fireworks are active in such areas as the fireworks industry and chemical/emergency explosive device manufacturers. Places of employment not only are in the fireworks business but also in such companies as those that produce related products including explosive devices and automotive air-bags.

 

Combustion experiment of fireworks

(4) Graduate School of Fireworks Today

Available at the Graduate School of Fireworks are high-performance/high-speed video cameras and pressure instrumentation systems to measure high-speed phenomena, spectrophotometers to evaluate light/colors, precision measuring devices and acoustic analysis systems to measure/analyze sounds and acoustics and laboratory equipment for such tests as airtight container experiments to evaluate combustion performance. There also are lecture rooms to hold lectures and seminars as well as laboratories which students may use to study or as places where they can stay.

Twice a year, the graduate students participate in the Japan Explosive Society’s spring and summer workshops to present their research achievements. So far, they have conducted a number of oral presentations at workshops run by the Japan Explosive Society and the Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan as well as at workshops for students and corporations in Tochigi. Moreover, through such activities as visiting fireworks factories and research institutes including the National Institute of Advanced Technology (Tsukuba headquarters), they are able to deepen their knowledge of what they learn in class. Special lectures are also held annually by inviting experienced technical experts and researchers who are active in their respective fields. Furthermore, students are assisted in many ways so they can obtain qualifications necessary for employment.

Please feel free to send any question to the “Graduate School of Fireworks.” We also are always happy to receive visitors.

 

Graduate School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), Fireworks Course (Graduate School of Fireworks) (In Japanese Only)

 

 

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2) Scholarships/ Grants/ Invitation/ Awards, etc.     

 

Kato Asao International Scholarship Foundation

Project name: Kato Asao International Scholarship Foundation FY2012 Recruitment of Scholarship Students

■Summary: Of foreign students mainly from Asian countries, those who have difficulties in continuing their school work due to financial reasons are supported through this scholarship, thereby promoting mutual understanding between Japan and foreign countries and contributing to international friendship/goodwill and fostering human resources.

■Eligibility: International students from Asian countries

■Subject universities: Aichigakuin University, Osaka University of Commerce, Osaka University, Osaka Prefecture University, Kansei Gakuin University, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto University, Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Ryukoku University

■Application periods: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 ~ Wednesday, February 29, 2012

URLhttp://katoasaofoundation.jp/system.html (In Japanese Only)

 

 

Kawanishi Memorial ShinMaywa Education Foundation

Project name: Scholarship for international students

■Summary: It aims to contribute to the progress of education promotion within Hyogo Prefecture. The purpose is also to provide scholarship to privately funded international students from Asian countries who study at universities and graduate schools in Hyogo Prefecture.

■Eligibility: Those who are now enrolled at graduate schools, of privately funded students from Asian countries who study at universities in Hyogo Prefecture. In addition, those who require financial support, and being recommended by the supervisor and approved by the president of the enrolled university.

■Application periods: Late January ~ Wednesday, February 29, 2012

URLhttp://www.kawanishi-shinmaywa.or.jp/shogakukin.html (In Japanese Only) 

 

 

Licensing Executives Society Japan

Project name: 1st JES Japan Student Business Plan Contest

■Summary: For this contest, such a condition is set that business plans must be based on intelligent property rights including patent, trade mark, and/or copyright. It is soliciting business plans that involve marketing new products, technologies or services utilizing intellectual property rights utilizing intellectual property rights that are either distinct from existing products or that resolve problems with existing products, technologies and services.

■Eligibility: Each team must include at least one student enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate (masters or PhD), or postdoctoral program at a college or a university within Japan. The team can be composed of members of different universities.

■Team registration: Sunday, January 1, 2012 ~ Saturday, March 31, 2012

■Application periods of the document : Sunday, January 1, 2012 ~ Monday, April 30, 2012

URLhttp://www.lesj.org/Student_BizCom/eng/sbp_competition_eng.pdf (PDF:71KB)

 

 

Photo Book Dissemination Council

Project name: “Graduation” Photo Book Contest

■Summary: Calling for photo books along with the theme which have not been published (cover and inside pages bound together type or photo book with cover).

Theme: Graduation

■Prize: Grand prix (1) \50,000, outstanding performance award (10) \10,000

■Eligibility: No requirement

■Deadline for application: Friday, April 20, 2012 (as indicated by the postmark)

URLhttp://www.jpbpa-photo.com/pbcontest/2011grad/contest2011grad.html (In Japanese Only)

 

 

Saito Ryoji Charity Fund for Supporting Islamic Studies

Project name: FY12 Scholarship Recruitment for Saito Ryoji Charity Fund for Supporting Islamic Studies

■Summary: The amount supplied is \400,000 (returning not required) per year.

The supply period is one year. For details, see the application guide.

■Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate students from Islamic countries who are studying abroad in Japan.

■Deadline for application: Friday, May 18, 2012 (must arrive by this date)

URLhttp://www.chuomitsui.co.jp/koueki/pdf/islam_syogaku_bosyu.pdf (PDF:103KB) (In Japanese Only)

 

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3) Scholarships/ Grants/ Invitation Information and Reports    

 

Features information about scholarships and the experiences of international students who are actually receiving scholarships. The following scholarship is introduced this month.

 

Tokyo YWCA "Japanese Mothers For International Students" Movement Scholarship

http://www.tokyo.ywca.or.jp/ryugakusei/eng/index.html

 

―Founding philosophy of the scholarship

In the 1980s, there were hardly any scholarships available for international students in first or second year at universities, junior colleges or vocational colleges. The "Japanese Mothers for International Students" movement scholarship was inaugurated in 1982 with the hopes assisting their studies, by allowing students to reduce their once-a-week part-time work and devote themselves to their studies. The total number of recipients of the scholarship is 303 (1982 to 2011).

We give encouragement to those privately-funded international students studying in Japan who are motivated to study and who have economic difficulties, so that they can achieve their academic goals of stud abroad. The scholarship aims for "the realization of a peaceful society without discrimination," which is the YWCA's ideal, and its goal is to support those international students who will be active in the future.

 

Scholarship student briefing session

 

―Who can apply?

Students satisfying the following conditions

(1) Privately-funded international students who have "student" status of residence

(2) Students at Japanese universities (undergraduate) 1st / 2nd year, junior colleges 1st / 2nd year, and vocational colleges 1st / 2nd year (excluding students enrolled in Japanese language courses)

(3) International students mainly from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America

(4) Are able to attend interviews, as well as YWCA briefing sessions held three times a year in Tokyo

(5) International students receiving no more than a total of 360,000 yen per year from other scholarships or similar stipends

* Cannot be applied for prior to coming to Japan.

 

―What is the amount paid?

It is 30,000 yen per month. For 2012, it will be paid for a period of one year, from April until March 2013.

There is no obligation to repay it.

―What are the selection criteria?

The selection criteria are not disclosed.

Persons passing the first phase of selection (documentary screening) will move onto the second phase (interviews), and around 5 persons will be chosen per year.

 

―How to apply?

After downloading the application requirements and application form from the website, please post them or bring them in person along with the necessary documentation directly to us, not through your school.

The application requirements and application form will be posted on our website from April 1, 2012.

Please carefully read the application requirements and submit your application along with the necessary documentation.

■ Website URL: http://www.tokyo.ywca.or.jp/ryugakusei/eng/student-Scholarship.html 

 

―What are the obligations for scholarship recipients?

(1) Attend the briefing sessions held three times a year at Tokyo YWCA

(2) Submit transcripts and a report on living conditions (using designated form) once a year.

 

Gathering of scholarship students―What sort of projects does the association do other than scholarships?

The YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) is an international NGO based on the Christian faith, believing that all people are of equal value, and engaging in a variety of activities to realize a society of peace in which human rights, health and the environment are protected. It began in England in 1855, and it is now active in over 125 countries and regions including Japan.

 

Tokyo YWCA's international student support project ("Japanese Mothers for International Students" movement) began in 1961 with the exchange between one Japanese woman and an international student. She thought that "even though you are away from home, you can have a long relationship as one of the family," and the activities continue to this day. It is hoped that through exchange with international students, mutual understanding and friendship are fostered and this ring of friendship extends throughout the world. As part of these activities the "Japanese Mothers for International Students" Movement Scholarship was inaugurated. We receive no subsidies from the government or local authorities. Our activities are supported by donations and cooperation from the many corporations and individuals who approve of our activities, as well as from YWCA members.

 

[Scholarship student voice]

Mr. Erdenesaikhan Dvaadorj (Mongolia)

Receiving this scholarship meant I could pay my tuition fees, and it made my life easier. On top of that, receiving the heartfelt support of the mothers from the "Japanese Mothers for International Students" movement made me more positive and strong. School life was fun, but there were also difficulties. Most difficult of all was the problem of the Japanese language. At school, going to look at buildings with my classmates, reviewing what was learned with friends before exams and taking part in the sports day were a lot of fun.

 

Mr. Hoang Van Hieu (Vietnam)

By receiving this scholarship I was able to reduce my part-time working hours, and time spent studying at school and on other activities increased. I became interested in studying mathematics and graphics. Every time, it took a very long time to hand in assignments, but I was able to enjoy myself studying. During the university festival, it was tough making traditional food and drinks from my native country, but I was so happy to have been able to introduce my country's culture.

 

Mr. Zhou Qidong (China)

Thanks to this scholarship, I was able to pay my school's tuition fees. I was paying my living expenses by working part-time about three days a week. I could study more and my grades improved.

 

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4) Academic Societies     

 

<Literature, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, Sociology, History >

Japan Comparative Literature Association

URL: http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/jcla/index-e.html

 

<Law, Politics>

Public Policy Studies Association JAPAN

URL: http://www.ppsa.jp/ (In Japanese Only)

 

<Economics, Commercial Science, Management>

The Japan Society for Management Information

URL: http://www.jasmin.jp/index_e.html

 

<Science>

The Japanese Society for Planetary Sciences

URL: https://www.wakusei.jp/ (In Japanese Only)

 

<Engineering>

Japan Society for Simulation Technology

URL: http://www.jsst.jp/e/

 

<Agriculture>

The Ichthyological Society of Japan

URL: http://www.fish-isj.jp/index-e.html

 

<Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences>

The Japanese Society of Immunotoxicology

URL: http://www.immunotox.org/english/index.html

 

5) Japanese Language Test     

 

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Mailing date of the result: Mid-February, 2012

 

BJT Business Japanese Profociency Test

Test Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Period for acceptance: Thursday, March 1st, 2012 ~ Friday, May 18th, 2012

Mailing date of the result: Around the end of August, 2012

 

J.TEST (Test of Practical Japanese) (In Japanese Only)

Test Date: Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Deadline: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

 

Business J.TEST (In Japanese Only)

Test Date: Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Deadline: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

 

JSST (In Japanese Only)

Test Date: as needed

Taking the examination in China (In Chinese Only)

4. Business News

Provide information related to job hunting for current international students and graduates!

 

1) Guidebook for International Students in Preparation for Job Hunting 2013    

 

"Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2013" newly published in December 2011. This "Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2013" is a guidebook full of information essential for international students looking to find work in Japan.

It clearly explains everything you need to know during the job-hunting period, from preparing to start job hunting to entries, recruitment examinations and changing status of residence, as well as job-hunting stories from former international students, etc.

*The guidebook is free, however, postage costs are paid by the requester (c.o.d.)

*Please see the website to download or request a copy to be sent to you.

  http://www.jasso.go.jp/job/guide.html (In Japanese Only)

 

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2) Job Hunting-Related Event Information     

 

*Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners

Job paper seminar for international students (Friday, February 24th, 2012) (PDF: 150KB) (In Japanese Only)

Job-hunting guidance for international students (Wednesday, February 22th, 2012) (In Japanese Only)

Job interview seminar for international students (Wednesday, February 29th, 2012) (PDF: 102KB) (In Japanese Only)

 

*Nagoya Employment Service Center for Foreigners

●Employment-support guidance for international students (Every 2nd Wednesday a month)

●Employment-video seminar for international students

●Employment-support practice interview for international students (Every Tuesday, Thursday)

 

*Osaka Employment Service Center for Foreigners

Job Hunting Guidance for International Students (Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012) (PDF:75KB)(Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012) (PDF:75KB) (In Japanese Only)

Internship for international students (In Japanese Only)

 

*Fukuoka Gakusei Shokugyo Center (In Japanese Only)

Job-search seminar for International Students (Tuesday, January 31st, 2012) (DOC:363KB) (In Japanese Only)

 

<For International students>

Asia Job Fair (Saturday, February 25th, 2012) (Metropolitan Tokyo Professional Institution Association) (Tokyo: Tokyo International Forum, Exhibition Hall 1) (PDF:1.2MB) (In Japanese Only)

IFSA Job fair for foreign students 2013 Tokyo (Thursday, February 23rd, 2012) (International Foreign Student Association) (Tokyo: Kita topia, Exhibition Hall B1) (PDF: 1.2MB) (In Japanese Only)

IFSA Job fair for foreign students 2013 Osaka (Saturday, March 3rd, 2012) (International Foreign Student Association) (Osaka: Osaka International House, Large meeting room, Sakura) (PDF: 1.2MB) (In Japanese Only)

 

<For both International and Japanese students>

Joint Company Information Session (Tuesday, Febrary 21st, 2012) (Fukuoka Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, Fukuoka City) (Fukuoka: Fukuoka International Congress center) (In Japanese Only)

Joint Company Information Session【Shizuoka】(Tuesday, February 28th, 2012) (Shushoku Joho Center Co., Ltd.) (Shizuoka: GRANDSHIP 10F) (In Japanese Only)

 

<Site list for International Students>

Nikkei Shushoku Navi “For International Students” (Nikkei Human Resources Inc./ DISCO International, Inc.) (In Japanese Only)

MYNAVI “A Guide to Employment for Foreign Students” (Mynavi Corporation) (In Japanese Only)

Shushoku Japan (The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ JAFSA: Japan Network for International Education / Japan Date Vision) (In Japanese Only)

Gakujo Navi “For International Students” (Gakujo Co., Ltd.) (In Japanese Only)

Hiwork (b-cause,.Inc.)

WORKS JAPAN.GLOBAL (WORKS JAPAN) (In Japanese Only)

 

<“Job Fair and Seminar” Site list>

Shukatsu Lab 2013 (ACCESS HUMANEXT CO., LTD.) (In Japanese Only)

“Gou-setsu.com” 2013 (Chikanari. Co.,Ltd.) (In Japanese Only)

Gakujo Navi 2013 (Gakujo Co., Ltd.) (In Japanese Only)

Shukatsu Navi 2013 (Diamond-big and lead Co.,Ltd.) (In Japanese Only)

Career Forum 2013 (DISCO International, Inc.) (In Japanese Only)

Bunnavi! Job Seminar 2013 (BUNKAHOSO Career PartnersCo.,Ltd.) (In Japanese Only)

MAINAVI Job Seminar 2013 (Mynavi Corporation) (In Japanese Only)

JOBWAY 2013 (The National Conference of the Association of Small Business Entrepreneurs) (In Japanese Only)

 

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3) Job Hunting Reports from Former International Students

 

Mr. Robert DRACEA

 

Name: Mr. Robert DRACEA
Nationality: Romania, Canada
University in Japan: Waseda University
Major Field of Study: School of International Liberal Studies
Period of Stay in Japan: September, 2007 to September, 2011
Name of Company: OKWave

 


 

 

  • What was the reason why you wanted to work in Japan?
    I majored in International Business Administration at a top business school in Canada where learning a foreign language was required. Among the languages available, I chose to study Japanese since it seemed the most interesting and the more I studied the Japanese culture, the more captivated I became, eventually leading to my decision to relocate to Japan. Although spending the past few years living in Tokyo has given me the opportunity to experience not only the positive but also the negative aspects of modern Japanese society, the past few years have become a truly meaningful experience for me. I intend to continue living here, taking advantage of the experiences that only Japan can offer while at the same time using my potential to the fullest in order to contribute to Japanese society to the best of my abilities.

  • What was the reason why you chose the company you are now working for ?
    Through an acquaintance of mine, I was given the opportunity to meet with the company’s president, Mr. Kanemoto, and the Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Nozaki. At that time, they were in the process of starting a new service in 20 languages allowing users to connect to the service with their accounts on Facebook and other social media outlets. The objective was to create a service to realize OKWave’s vision of “Connecting people around the world with trust and satisfaction to spread ‘Arigato’ (thank you).” I was given the mission of not only directing the operations of the new project but also shaping the company’s global strategy. Having read President Kanemoto’s book entitled 『グーグルを超える日 オウケイウェイヴの挑戦』(“The Day We Take Over the Reins from Google – OKWave’s Challenge”), I considered that this company had enough potential to grow into a venture capable of success on the international market. I believe that with the right catalyst, OKWave is capable of achieving results outside the grasp of Silicon Valley ventures, bringing innovation to the global IT industry.

  • Please describe the business of your company and your job.
    OKWave is the founder of Japan’s first Q&A site and has over 12 years of industry-leading experience in Social Search and FAQ solutions business. I have been in charge of the strategic development, overall management and international expansion of the multilingual social Q&A community ‘ARIGATO’ since the establishment of the project at OKWave. Since the original release, we’ve conducted a major renewal as well as providing our API (*1) to such clients a major travel agency in additional to a top film distribution company and collaborating on the promotional campaigns for several major films. While continuing to develop innovative new approaches to expanding the service and business, we intend to devote ourselves fully towards reaching our goal of overcoming national boundaries to bring people from all over the world together in the borderless exchange of knowledge.

  • What did you find good about working in Japan?
    One of the most vital traits to have is adaptability along with critical thinking skills. Being in the same environment for an extended period of time limits the opportunities one is exposed to. It is tremendously important to always hold on to your entrepreneurial spirit and be constantly challenging oneself with new endeavors. After starting studying Japanese at university in Canada, I took the initiative to go to Japan and experience an environment in which I would have to use the Japanese language everyday; this allowed me to greatly improve my Japanese ability in an incredibly short span of time. Of course it has not always been purely positive; however, experiencing the unique culture and society that Japan has to offer has been a truly valuable learning experience.

  • What and how did you appeal to the employer?
    Having been born in Romania and raised in Canada from an early age, I have been fortunate enough to experience a variety of different cultures and environments. This has allowed me to deepen my understanding of cross-cultural similarities and differences as well as giving me a mindset aptly suited to dealing with issues associated with taking on the international market. With an understanding of both the Japanese and Western mentalities as well as expertise in the IT industry, I consider myself the most suitable person to oversee OKWave’s expansion into the overseas market.
  • Please let us know your hopes, objectives and plans for the future.
    First of all, my immediate goal is to take OKWave to the point where it can successfully take on the international market. Although Japan has a tremendous deal of innovation and talent to offer, the world has yet to see a Japanese IT company going beyond the ventures coming out of Silicon Valley. I consider that developing an effective model for successful overseas expansion which would allow more Japanese ventures to become actively involved internationally is absolutely necessary. Although Japan, once the second biggest economy in the world, has since been overtaken by China, I believe that this country still has a great deal of potential yet to be taken advantage of. It is my personal vision to see Japan realize its full potential and contribute in every way I can towards the revitalization of the Japanese economy.

  • Please give a message to those who are thinking about finding a job in Japan.
    (Image) Global standpointSince the collapse of the Japanese economic bubble, the so-called ‘Lost Decade’ has become the ‘Lost 2 decades.’ Japan is now facing a critical time in its history; however, this is not the first time a shadow of doubt has been cast over the country’s future. After hitting rock bottom following World War II, Japan was said to have “no future” but surprisingly rose from the ashes and became the world’s second largest economic powerhouse in only 40 years. Japan is not only a leading nation from both an economic and technological perspective, it has a truly unique culture to offer. Applying yourself wholeheartedly in this kind of environment can open the door to unbelievable opportunities if you are determined to put in a consistent effort. That being said, it will most likely take longer than you expect to realize your goals and you almost certainly will experience culture shock in one form or another. Regardless, keeping a realistic outlook and making a serious effort to understand the Japanese mentality is integral to making the best of your experiences in Japan.

 

*1: API (Application Programming Interface) allows for multiple web services to be combined into new applications.

 

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4) Job Hunting Consultations

 

This month, Ms. Okumura, a part-time lecturer at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (in charge of business Japanese), answers a question about how to respond during interviews if you want to return to your home country in the future.

 

Question

I’m thinking that I would like to return to my home country after finding a job and working in Japan for several years. During interviews, I am often asked questions like, “Do you plan to return to your home country?” If I speak honestly about my feelings, will I receive a negative evaluation?

 

Answer

(Image) interviewIt depends on the company’s business plans, but in general few companies will hire someone who has already decided to quit in a few years. In recent years, there have actually been many foreign employees in Japan who quit after working for a Japanese company for several years, which has become a problem for these companies. Most Japanese companies want their employees to work for them and gain experience for as long as possible, and to become candidates for managerial positions in the future. In addition, many companies have created in-house training systems and plans for transfers to other departments after considering how to ensure that new graduates work for them for five or ten years. Furthermore, it costs money to train new employees. For that reason, companies suffer a great deal of loss if their employees quit after finally learning how to do their work and becoming able to handle difficult tasks. They ask whether you intend to return to your home country in order to reduce this risk and to try to hire people who will work for as long as possible.

 

It’s also important to think about whether you really want to find a job in Japan after becoming fully aware of the methods and ways of thinking about human resource training at Japanese corporations. People often say that Japanese corporations produce generalists, not specialists. New employees spend two or three years as part of different departments and gain a variety of experiences through on-the-job training (OJT). The goal of corporations is to train employees who can think about business from multifaceted viewpoints. If you entered such a corporation and worked there for around three years, you would not master very many special skills or abilities. If you want to use your time working in Japan for the purpose of your own future business, I think it’s a better idea to intend to work here for around 10 years.

 

However, I previously mentioned that this differs according to the corporation’s business plans. Some corporations wish to hire foreign employees who will transfer to overseas branches only a few years after joining the company. For that reason, people who want to work in Japan for several years and then return to their home countries to work in a local corporate subsidiary should mention this during company information sessions and other events. It’s a good idea to ask what these companies think about career plans for foreign employees. The best thing is to find a job at a company that shares the same hopes you do. However, some corporations will change your contract to the same level of treatment as offered to people hired locally when you transfer to the local subsidiary, so please make sure to confirm this point ahead of time.

 

 [Respondent: Ms. Okumura, a part-time lecturer at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University ]

 

 

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5) Convenient Job Hunting Information

 

Useful information that will surely be of help to you during your job hunting activities!

 

Important points about ID photographs for job hunting

 

ID photographs are a tool for conveying your appeal. Research indicates that 80% of the first impression you give to others is based on your appearance. These ID photographs are the beginning of your first impression, so they should be used to convey your earnest desire to work at a company (which cannot be expressed via your personal history).

 

Does your desired occupation require seriousness? Or does it require that you seem cheerful and energetic? An important point is using ID photographs that match this atmosphere. To that end, you should create ID photographs according to your appealing features. If you are nervous your face will look grim, which will give the other person a bad impression of you. To prevent this, you should practice while looking in a mirror. In general you can create a good impression by relaxing and slightly raising the corners of your mouth (even more than you might imagine). By incorporating a sense of gentleness into your serious atmosphere, you will seem more confident. If you add this to an energetic feeling, you will seem more powerful.

 

Your clothing and hairstyle also help create an impression. If you choose to wear a dark colored suit, you will appear more sincere. And because your impression will be poor if the collar of your shirt is sloppy, it’s a good idea to iron it properly. Of course your hairstyle should be neat, and you should definitely make sure that your bangs are not in your eyes. Women’s hairstyles create a proper, orderly impression that is increased according to the following order: hair touching your ears, hair that is put halfway up, hair that is put up. If you want to leave a serious impression you should put your hair up, while you should probably leave it down if you want to create a feminine, kind impression. If you’re not sure, the middle choice (halfway up) is recommended. Men can appear more energetic by creating volume and making their hair stand up, but make sure this doesn’t make you look too casual. You may think you look strange and not like your usual self, but you will leave a steady impression if you part your hair in the center or to one side.

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Finally, it’s also important to choose the studio that will take your photographs, so you should search for a studio that lets you select your own photographs. Not everybody is a model, and you might not take good photographs on the first try. For that reason, it’s good if the studio lets you re-shoot them. It’s a good idea to search using words like, “ID photographs – selection possible (the area you live in).”

 

 

Text: Ken Yamada, Yamada Photo Studio

5. Visit Japan

Why not try traveling throughout Japan? Famous places, events, and cuisine information from around Japan!

 

Chiba Prefecture   

 

In our February issue of Visit Japan, we introduce Tokyo's next-door neighbor, Chiba Prefecture.

 

Boso Flower Line

 

Boso Flower Line

The Boso Flower Line is the coastal road from Tateyama City to Minamiboso City, and it is perfect for taking a drive or cycling. In February, rape-blossoms and poppies adorn the roadside and it is a truly beautiful sight. The 6-kilometer stretch of the Boso Flower Line between Ito and Aihama has been selected as one of the “100 Famous Japanese Roads.”

 

 

 

 

Mt. Nokogiri Jigoku-nozoki (Peering into hell)

 

 

 

Mt. Nokogiri Jigoku-nozoki (Peering into hell)

You can go up Mt. Nokogiri via the 680-meter-long ropeway. From the summit you can see Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Bay, tall buildings in Yokohama, and even Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The Jigoku-nozoki (peering into hell), which just out downwards from the cliff face, as in the photo, is really thrilling.

 

 

 

 

Strawberry 

Strawberry Picking Experience

There are numerous fruit farms in Chiba Prefecture. During this season, we highly recommend the Strawberry-picking experience. Not only can you eat the strawberries you have gathered, you can enjoy a menu featuring dishes such as a pizza made with strawberries. There are farms where you do not need to make a booking, but we recommend that you book in advance.

Some bits of knowledge about strawberry picking (Chiba strawberry-picking information) (In Japanese Only)

 

 

Peanuts

 

 

Peanuts

Chiba Prefecture is the number one producer of peanuts in Japan. I'm sure that many of you also eat peanuts in your countries, as a snack or side-dish. In Chiba Prefecture, a variety of unique peanut products are on sale, such as peanuts for Ochazuke (rice with green tea). How about some as a souvenir?

 

 

 

 

Katsuura-style Dandan Noodles

Katsuura-style Dandan Noodles

The roots of Katsuura-style dandan noodles date back to about 50 years ago. The bodies of Kaishi (divers) after they return from fishing trips at sea are frozen to the bone, even in summer. Katsuura-style dandan-men was developed as an easy-to-prepare dish to warm up these cold bodies. Usual dandan-men is served in sesame-flavored broth, whereas Katsuura-style dandan-men features soy-sauce-based broth. It goes particularly well with sliced onion and minced meat.

* Kaishi are people who dive beneath the sea to catch fish and shellfish, etc.

 

Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) Chiba Prefecture page

Tourist Information in Chiba

 


6. NIPPON Time Machine

This section features enjoyable stories about pop culture, traditions, dining, cutting-edge technology, and more!

 

Ramen, one of Japan’s most popular foods

 

Soy sauce ramen

 

People in Japan love a wide variety of noodles, including soba, udon, ramen, pasta, somen, and hiyamugi. Among these, ramen is one of Japan’s most popular foods and is beloved by a wide range of men and women regardless of age or region. There is a wealth of information about ramen – including rankings – in books, magazines, television program special features, websites, and even museums. This shows how much interest is directed towards this food.

 

 

 

Pork bone ramen

 

Ramen is also called “Chinese soba” because it originated from Chinese noodle cuisine. However, it’s actually an entirely different thing from Chinese noodles – the ramen that is so familiar today evolved in a unique way in Japan. It is basically composed of noodles made by kneading flour with kansui (an aqueous solution containing alkali salt) that are served in a soup made from sauce and dashi (soup stock). However, there is an ample range of variations for ramen, including noodle thickness; noodle shape (such as straight or wavy); types of sauce like soy sauce, salt, miso, etc.; the base ingredient in the dashi such as chicken bones, pork bones, beef bones, seafood, konbu (kelp), etc.; the way the dashi is made; spices; and toppings like flavored oils or other ingredients. There are also different types of ramen like tsukemen (noodles that are dipped in sauce) and abura soba (“oily noodles”). Surprisingly, Japan is home to over 50,000 ramen restaurants, and each region of Japan features different types of ramen with a great deal of local flavor. Each of these shops competes with the others by serving their most delicious types of ramen, which are known as “gotochi” (regional) ramen.

 

People who love ramen cannot take their eyes away from these ramen shops; some shops preserve nostalgic, old-fashioned flavors while others work to continually develop new tastes. Some people are even referred to nicknames such as “Ramen Freak,” “Ramen Otaku,” or “Ramen Mania.” Amazingly, dedicated Ramen Freaks might even take an airplane to eat new menu selections at popular shops or eat 1,000 bowls of ramen in one year to compare the different tastes!

 

 

Instant noodles in a cup

 

Ramen has become so established among the common people that it is known as one of Japan’s most popular foods. And don’t forget about instant noodles, which are a type of instant ramen made by heating dried noodles with water and a soup base that comes in a small bag for a short period of time. A large number of instant products are sold, including instant noodles that come in a cup, which are cooked simply by pouring hot water into the cup. Since Chicken Ramen – which was developed by Momofuku Ando (the founder of Nissin Foods) – first appeared in 1958, instant ramen has been extremely popular because it is cheap, can be stored for a long period of time, can be made just by preparing hot water, and is warm and delicious. Since then many companies have sold a wide variety of instant noodles, some of which recapture the flavors of famous ramen restaurants where people have to wait in long lines. A type of space food called Space Ram was also developed in 2005, which means that ramen – one of Japan’s most popular foods – has also journeyed out into the universe.

 

 

 

Text: Sonomi Shoji (writer)

7. JASSO News

Introducing JASSO Scholarship information, invitation program, Japan Education Fairs, the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students(EJU)

 

1) Follow-up Research Fellowship (invitation program)

 

This program provides former international students who play active roles in education, research and government in their home countries to conduct short term research at universities in Japan.

Recruitment has ended for 2012!

Notice of results: Early April 2012 (planned date)

 

2) Follow-up Research Guidance (dispatch program)

 

This program provides Japanese academic advisors a chance to visit and to help further research of former international students who are in teaching and/or research at universities or research institutes in their home countries.

Recruitment has ended for 2012!

Notice of results: Early April 2012 (planned date)

 

3) Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

 

Change of Mailing Date for Examination Voucher (For reissue) and EJU Certificates of Scores

Number of 2011 EJU Examinees (2nd Session)

Guidelines for the 2012 EJU

 

4) Notice from Osaka Japanese Language Education Center

 

Osaka Japanese Language Education Center April Course, 2012 (One year) University and Graduate School Preparatory Course (applications from residents in Japan)

■Application deadline: Thursday, March 8th, 2012

 

5) Reports on the 2010, 2011 International University-Exchange Seminar

 

Universities featured this month 1

・Aichi Prefectural University “Intercultural Cooperation and Symbiosis with regard to environmental issues”

Universities featured this month 2

・Shinshu University “International University Seminar between Japanese and Chinese Medical Students for Research Collaboration on Advanced Preventive Medicine”

 

8. From the Reader

 

Impressions from our readers!

 

I send you my heartfelt “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year” to you all out there.
Arun Shrestha (Nepal)


Thanks for sending information.
Eutiquio L. Rotaquio, Jr., Ph. D. (Philippines)

(Dispense with the Mr. and Mrs.)

 

[From the Editor]

(Image) aquariumThe days have become much longer, but the weather is still cold. Please take care not to get sick!
By the way, how are you all spending your weekends? What about going to an aquarium, which is an indoor location that can be enjoyed by people of all ages during cold weather? I took my children to an aquarium near Shinagawa Station the other day. After the dolphin show, an announcement said that a civil wedding was going to take place. That’s when the new bride and groom appeared, and we were able to celebrate with them on the happiest day of their lives. The new groom was unable to see, but I was very moved by how happy he looked listening to the applause from the tourists and the cries of the dolphins ringing out through the room.
Japan has close connections with fish and is home to many types of living creatures in its ocean areas. For that reason, it is known for having the world’s largest number of aquariums. Starting with Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, the most popular aquarium in Japan, there are around 70 of these facilities throughout the country! Please make sure to experience these stunning exhibitions that make use of Japan’s advanced aquatic tank technologies.

The March issue of “Japan Alumni eNews” will be sent on March 9th. Please look forward to it!

 

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