Japan Alumni eNews (Vol. 37) To Japanese Page


Japan Alumni eNews  Vol. 37  May 10, 2012

Azalea1. 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 “Current International Students” / JASSO Public Facilities to Access Information on Study in Japan / Introduction of “Programs for former international students” / 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 -- Job Hunting 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 / Follow-up Research Guidance / Japan Education Fairs / Japan Education Seminars / Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) / JASSO Scholarship programs / Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching research advisors)

8. From the Reader


1. Life in Japan by Photo

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


Travel in Japan

 

In this issue, introducing “Travel in Japan” through photos!
(Dispense with the Mr. and Mrs.)

 

 

■ Maybi Mota (Brazil)

Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University

8h course

 

 

 

 

In the summer, I decided to go to Hokkaido. The best surprise was Rebun-to island, where I did an 8 hours trekking course. This picture was taken at its beginning. Hokkaido is unforgettable.


Hostel

 

 

 

 

I had a lot of fun at the hostel, where I met many new Japanese friends. I love the colors of this picture! Japanese summer!


 

 

■ Wang Yating (China)

Human Gene Science Center, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Major: Molecular Genetics
Grade: PHD 4 grade

Summer Festival in TONO city

 

Good luck, TOHOKU!
From 2011 Aug 4th to 8th, we went to IWATE to attend a volunteer activity arranged by ACC21 for 4 days. Aug 6th was a festival celebration of TONO city, after one day cleaning work of the affected area, our group took part in the event. Everyone was so excited and tried their best to dance well in the event. Some volunteers from Hosei university of Tokyo also participated the dance show with their best wishes to IWATE people. Good luck, Tohoku.


 

 

Did you enjoy photos of travel in Japan? The theme for June is “My Favorite Place in Japan.” So please submit your photos.


2. Alumni News

Introduce news related to international students and student experiences!


1) News on International Students



News 1: Announcement of the results of the 2010 survey on the careers of and degrees received by international students

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) recently announced the results of its survey conducted on the careers of international students who graduated during the 2010 school year, as well as the situation of international students who received degrees from graduate schools in Japan. According to these results, 19% of international students who graduated during that year found jobs in Japan, which was greater than the number who returned to their home country (or region) to find work (10.5%). The largest number of doctoral degrees conferred was in engineering, and the largest number of master’s degrees was in the social sciences.

Website:

http://www.jasso.go.jp/statistics/intl_student/data11_d.html (In Japanese only)


News 2: Project for Establishing Core Universities for Internationalization (Global 30) information session about studying abroad in Japan (Singapore)

Universities selected for the Global 30 program (http://www.uni.international.mext.go.jp/) will hold an information session in Singapore about studying abroad in Japan from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18. The targets for participation are exemplary high school students in the local region. The session will be held at the third floor auditorium of The Japanese Association, Singapore Clubhouse (120 Adam Road, Singapore 289899, map). For detailed information, please visit the following website.

■Japan Educational Seminar (Singapore)

http://www.uni.international.mext.go.jp/info/2012/04/japan-educational-seminar-singapore/


News 3: Over half of international students want to work in Japan for 10 years or more

Business personThe Pasona Group (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) gave a questionnaire to 1,100 people at its joint corporate information session for international students held in January 2012. According to the results of this questionnaire, 18.4% of international students answered that they want to work in Japan for 10 years or more. A total of 32.8% answered that they would like to become permanent residents of Japan, which means that over half of international students hope to reside and work in Japan on a long-term basis. Looking at the different types of desired occupations, the greatest amount at nearly half (48.5%) wanted to work in trade. This was followed by “interpretation and translation,” “product and service development,” and “human resources,” showing the students’ great intentions to work in highly specialized jobs. One third of students felt that Japan’s unique written tests, such as the SPI and aptitude tests, are difficult. In contrast, a minority (only 16.7%) of international students answered that the level of Japanese language ability required by corporations is too high.

 


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2) Introduction of Current International Students


Ms. Mary Hopewell





Ms. Mary Hopewell (British)

One year study abroad program at Kanazawa University

3rd year undergraduate student at the Sheffield University (England, UK)


I’d been enraptured by the colourful culture of Japan and its fascinating language and customs and so I couldn’t really hear people’s warnings that it might not live up to what I hoped it would be.

Shortly before leaving for Japan I did start to wonder. Was I looking at it through rose-tinted glasses? A foreigner’s expectations are always stereotypical after all. But it didn’t take me long after my first taste of life in Japan to realise I had not been mistaken.


Although a lot of things are different from how you would expect, Japan never fails to excite and will capture your heart almost instantly. The people are shockingly helpful - a stark contrast from the unmotivated customer service types I’m used to - and you may expect to find your luggage still intact if you leave your seat to go order your food, and happily you’re never too far from a nice temple or shrine.


There have been many things that have wowed me here in Japan. For example, the incredible variety you can find in the shops, the habit the Japanese have of overdoing everything (in a good way though), the unrivalled beauty of its scenery, and even those daily-use facilities that come as perfectly normal to the Japanese but bring a smile to the face of the unsuspecting foreigner.


But possibly my favourite thing about life in Japan is that people are always looking for foreigners to help them with their work. English teachers are always in high demand, and you’ll be surprised at the variety of language-related work that will come your way.


with my English students at the local hospital Almost immediately after I arrived I was offered a job working as a teacher for a small group of nurses at the local hospital. Back in England getting work is a struggle, so to have it simply walk up to me when I wasn’t looking for it was a pleasant surprise. I found the work extremely rewarding and I also got a decent bit of money from it to use for travelling.


And it isn’t just your average teaching job we foreign students get recruited for, as I discovered when I was asked to assist in video narration and to work as an extra in an upcoming film called ‘Little Maestro.’ This, I definitely wasn’t expecting.


Unfortunately, like in every society, there are things about it that you will discover you don’t like. Back home for instance, people have a positively dreadful habit of flinging rubbish onto the floor for other people to disappreciate (something I did not miss when I saw the lovely clean pavements here in Kanazawa).


But from my experience in Japan; although I may find things which irritate me about ordinary life here, they also come as somewhat amusing. For example, imagine my surprise when I entered the toilets for the first time at my Japanese university and found that the toilet ‘seats’ (if you can call them that) were embedded in the floor. My legs weren’t ready for that!


So my advice to all prospective students would be: don’t worry. You won’t have time to be homesick, there’s too much to see. And when the bad things come along - A day or so later Japan will throw something awesome at you and you’ll forget all about it.


And above all else - don’t listen to the niggling doubt in your mind. So you’ve never been to Japan, so what? You know you’re going to have the time of your life, and there’s no escaping it.



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3) JASSO Public Facilities to Access Information on Study in Japan


Guangzhou Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (GZSCSE)


2011 Guangzhou International Exhibition Guangzhou Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (GZSCSE), resulting from the merge of the Overseas Education Service Center of Education Ministry-Guangzhou Branch and Guangzhou Service and Administration Center for Overseas Students, is government front for and the unique management institute appointed by the Guangzhou Municipal Government. GZSCSE has established for over 28 Years, it mainly provide the comprehensive services for the students which include: assisting the Chinese students to study aboard and offer the services for the returning students. The "Overseas Students One-stop" branding services which is an effective service to help the returning students when they come back to China.


During the past 28 years, GZSCSE enjoyed a high reputation in domestic and overseas market. GZSCSE has assisted over 10,000 students to achieve their dream of study overseas with its professional advising service & application service (ex: apply universities / institutes and student visa). Besides, GZSCSE established wide connections with hundreds of universities and renowned educational and cultural institutions throughout the world. For instance: Institute of International Education (IIE), the British Council (BC) and the Association of International Education Exchange of Japan (AIEEJ), Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC), Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Centre d'Evaluation Linguistique et Academique (CELA) and so on. Furthermore, GZSCSE provide the latest news of study in Japan, and GZSCSE also be the center of JASSO in south China to provide the publications and information freely for the student who interested in pursuing their study in Japan.


Introducing study abroad in Japan Enjoyed the dominant position among the industry, GZSCSE established the close cooperation relationship with many Japanese institutes and universities. Besides, GZSCSE often organize different activities to promote Study in Japan, the promoting activities include: organizes the seminars to introduce "Study in Japan", held the functions with the Japanese institutes or university to give students the latest information about the Schools in Japan. In addition, since 2006, GZSCSE has been successfully held the "Guangzhou International Exhibition" for 6 times in every July. In the past Exhibitions, GZSCSE were pleased to invite the Consulate-General of Japan in Guangzhou and the universities & institutes from Japan to attend the Exhibitions. In the 5th "Guangzhou International Exhibition" held in 2010, Mr. Michihiko KOMATSU, the Chief Consul of the Consulate-General of Japan in Guangzhou attended in the Exhibition and hosted a presentation to help more people have a better understanding and obtain more information about study in Japan. In the 6th "Guangzhou international exhibition" held in July 2011, the Consulate-General of Japan in Guangzhou held seminar named "Safe to Study in Japan" in the exhibition. This seminar attracted the attention of large number of students, and helps them to have all-round information of the education situation and the latest study news in Japan.


Lecture on crisis management Japan was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami in March 11th, 2011. At the same day, GZSCSE immediately contact with the Japanese institutions to check the safety of all the students who assisted by GZSCSE and study in Japan. After each student's status has been confirmed, GZSCSE feed back to their parents and give them the update information. After the disaster happened, GZSCSE plans organize an activity to assist the public to have a better understating of how to deal with the emergency situation when study abroad. So GZSCSE launch a large-scale public benefit function which named "How to Facing Crises When Study Abroad", this activity has been successfully held among the industry for the first time, and more than 200 people attended the event. In this function, GZSCSE invited guests: Deputy Director of the Emergency Management Office of Guangzhou City, and the Deputy Director of monitoring center of Guangdong Earthquake Administration as well as the Psychology Counselor of Guangzhou Xin Hai Rong Psychology Counseling Agency. The guests give the lectures on how to face or handle the crises and difficulty on physical and psychological when study overseas. The lectures help the students gain more strength and confident to facing and solve the difficulty in the life of study abroad.



Contact information
Guangzhou Service Center for Scholarly Exchange
Address: 6F Beixiu Building, No. 266 Xiaobei Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, P.R.C.
Telephone: (+86-20) 8356-8066
Fax: (+86-20) 8356-8055
Website: www.gzscse.gov.cn/gzscse07/english/ (In Chinese and English only)
E-mail: gkh@gzscse.gov.cn



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4) Introduction of “Programs for former international students”


Meiji University Alumni Association


● What is the Meiji University Alumni Association?
The first group of students graduated from Meiji Horitsu Gakko, the predecessor of Meiji University, in 1882. Alumni regulations were established in that year, and it was decided to refer to graduates as “alumni. ” It is said that Meiji Horitsu Gakko was the first school to use this name. The alumni regulations were revised four years later in 1886. Afterwards, the Meiji University Alumni Association has continued carrying out a wide range of activities to support the university and deepen the friendships between its alumni. The Meiji University Alumni Association has a network throughout Japan comprised of 54 chapters, as well as chapters in the Republic of Korea and Taiwan. Every chapter holds a chapter general meeting each year. They also implement a diverse array of projects to support the university, such as awarding scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students according to the Alumni Association student scholarship system. In this way it possesses a system that allows all alumni to participate in the Alumni Association's activities.


● Extensive overseas chapters
In addition to the aforementioned Alumni Association chapters in the Republic of Korea and Taiwan, various alumni groups exist in countries all over the world and serve as bases for alumni that are active throughout the world. These groups engage in mutual cooperation with Meiji University and the Meiji University Alumni Association to carry out proactive activities such as projects to support the university and friendships between alumni.


(Major overseas alumni groups)
Meiji University Shanghai Shikon-kai, Meiji University Kingdom of Thailand Shikon-kai, Meiji University Alumni Association New York Chapter, Meiji University Malaysia Shikon-kai, Meiji University Alumni Association Sydney Meiji-kai, Southern California Meiji University Alumni Association, Los Angeles Meiji-kai, Meiji University Singapore Seiwa-kai, Meiji University London Sundai-kai, Meiji University Beijing Shikon-kai Hong Kong Meidai-kai, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Meidai-kai, Vietnam Hanoi Meidai-kai, Meiji University Jakarta Shikon-kai


● “Meiji is one:” a worldwide Meiji network
Meiji University alumni deepening their friendships These overseas activity bases carry out activities to deepen friendships between alumni who reside in the local area. In addition, they also hold different types of business exchange meetings and seminars for different industries, provide support for industry-academic cooperative projects in major cities throughout their country, and engage in a wide range of activities that utilize new human networks. Meiji University was selected for the Project for Establishing Core Universities for Internationalization (Global 30) in 2009. As a result, the Meiji University Alumni Association strengthened its cooperation with Alumni Association overseas chapters, as well as overseas alumni groups, throughout the world. In this way it cooperates with the university to fulfill its mission of giving proactive assistance. In the future the number of overseas activity bases will be increased, and efforts will be made to construct a strong worldwide network formed from the bonds of Meiji. Based on the key phrases of “Meiji is one” and “All Meiji,” these activities and organizations will be continually expanded. For detailed information about the activities of each chapter and group, please visit the website. We look forward to your participation!


■ Related website: Meiji University Alumni Association http://meiji-shikon.net/ (In Japanese only)



3. Academic News

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


1) Introducing Faculties/Graduate Schools


Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts


AIU Campus[Profile] (as of April, 2012)

◆Name: Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts

◆Location: 193-2, Okutsubakitai, Tsubakikawa, Yuwa, Akita-city. 010-1292, Japan

◆Website: http://www.aiu.ac.jp/en/aiu/index.html

◆Students Matriculated in School of Cultural Properties: 834

◆International students in School of Cultural Properties: 150

◆Countries of Accepted International Students: 19



AIU Residence hallAkita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts

With “International Liberal Arts” as their education philosophy, Akita International University’s Faculty of International Liberal Arts conducts all classes in English through their Global Business Program and Global Studies Program to offer students a cross-departmental experience of acquiring international expertise on a wider scale.

The university is making efforts to further develop traditional liberal arts education because they believe that “International Liberal Arts” are the educational/learning ideals that open doors to the future. To keep up with society that is rapidly changing, one must thoroughly acquire universal knowledge that covers a broad range and be able to see things from a diversified viewpoint as the situation demands to make appropriate judgments. Moreover, in this world where globalization is expanding, it is vital to not only learn English, the “international language,” but also acquire communication skills in other foreign languages to help one’s multicultural understanding. Learning a language allows “your world to broaden.” Japanese who are leaders of the next generation are required to not only speak their native language and English but another foreign language as well.


 

Global Business Program and Global Studies Program

The Global Business Program, in a field of worldwide competition, helps students prune their skills to compete with business people of the world. Moreover, students are able to learn how to become individuals who can be respected on an international level as persons with dignity and vision. In class, presentations done in English are focused on and the ability to communicate information and persuasiveness are cultivated in addition to communication skills to strive to nurture those who can participate in the global community.

The Global Studies Program is a “program to learn about the world.” In this program, students can learn about political, economical, social and cultural situations of neighboring countries having close ties with Japan such as Korea, China, Taiwan and Russia and major countries such as North America and Europe as well as their reciprocal relationships on both national and regional levels in addition to the modern world encompassing international institutions including the United Nations and World Bank. Additionally, this program aims for international understanding on a regional level focusing on such issues as democratization movements that are rapidly spreading in various regions.

 

 

AIU Library
Efforts for International Students

In addition to classes conducted in English, Akita International University also offers Japanese language and Japanese studies classes for international students. One-fourth of them are those studying abroad in Japan from all parts of the world and the campus is filled with a mood that is indeed international. In addition to enrollment in April, there also is enrollment in September. Half of the teachers are foreigners and even the office staff are able to communicate in English. There is a dormitory in the university campus and the library is opened 24 hours, every day of the year.



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


Fukuoka International Association

●Program name: Fukuoka City Rainbow Scholarship for International students

■Summary: The goal of this scholarship is to provide stability to the life of international students by offering assistance for school expenses to international students who are experiencing difficulty obtaining funding for their studies and daily life.

■Eligibility: International students who are enrolled in junior college or university in the Fukuoka metropolitan area and who are currently not receiving any other scholarships. For more information, please contact the scholarship office of the school you are attending.

■Application Period: mid - June, 2012 ― mid - July, 2012 (Scheduled)

URL: http://www.rainbowfia.or.jp/en/student/01.html

 

 

Google

●Program name: Google Anita Borg Scholarship

■Summary: Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of female Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD students will be chosen from the applicant pool. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $3,500 (or equivalent) scholarship.

■Eligibility:

  • Be a female student enrolled in full - time undergraduate or postgraduate study at an university.
  • Be enrolled at a University in any of the following countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Be studying Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely related technical field.
  • Maintain an excellent academic record.

■Deadline: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

■URL: http://www.google.co.jp/anitaborg/apac/index.html

 

 

2012 Goi Peace Foundation ・ UNESCO

●Program name: International Essay Contest for Young People

■Summary: This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

■Eligibility: Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30th, 2012) in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)

■Deadline: Saturday, June 30th, 2012

*The application must be postmarked by Saturday, June 30th, 2012.

■URL: http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/1201.html

 

 

Suntory Flowers

●Program name: “Hana-Dikara (Flower power)” Photo Contest

■Summary: Submit your photographs of beautiful flowers!

■Eligibility: This contest is limited to people residing in Japan. Prizes can only be sent to Japanese addresses. For more information, please confirm the application conditions on the following website before applying.

■Deadline: Saturday, June 30th, 2012

*Valid for e-mails sent until 5:00 p.m.

■URL: http://photocon.hanadikara.jp/explanations/essential (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.


The Watanuki International Scholarship from the Watanuki International Scholarship Foundation

http://watanuki.org/ (In Japanese Only)

 

Scholarship student gathering group photograph―Founding philosophy of the scholarship

Considering Japan’s price of living, housing situation, and other circumstances, it is financially difficult for international students to live in Japan. We provide assistance to privately financed international students so they can serve in leading roles in the future in their own country, and believe that the important role of Japan ― as an advanced country in the Asia-Pacific region ― is to cultivate many such human resources. We also believe that this will contribute to promoting understanding of Japan in overseas countries. Sentaro Watanuki, the founder, firmly believed that, “World peace is created by all the human race possessing remarkable intelligence, and having affluent lifestyles. This is supported by education.” The Watanuki International Scholarship Foundation continues moving towards achieving its goals by carrying on this conviction.

 

―Who can apply?

Non-Japanese people from Asian-Pacific countries in Japan, whose status of residence is “College Student,” and who are enrolled in a graduate school doctoral course (masters or doctoral) at a university, medical doctoral course, or dentistry doctoral course (excluding students who are repeating a year) at a school from which the Watanuki International Scholarship Foundation requests recommendations. This includes people who have decided to enter school in the following year by March 31st, and people who plan to proceed onward to school in or after April.

 

―What is the amount paid?

150,000 yen per month.

In principal, this amount is paid for one year (from April to the following March). However, we permit applications for continuation and re-applications, so it’s possible to receive the scholarship for two years or more.

 

―How will I receive the stipend?

You will be given a check at the “scholarship student gatherings” held twice a year (in June and March). The other payments are paid by bank transfer every two months.

 

―What are the selection criteria?

People with excellent scholarly ability, a dependable character, healthy mind and body, who plan to become leaders with a global viewpoint in the future, and who desire to contribute to international understanding and goodwill. In addition, people who have no problem communicating in Japanese.

 

―How can I apply?

Applications are taken via the school you are enrolled in around early September to late October each year. The deadline for the 2012 school year is Monday, October 22nd, 2012.

 

―What should I be careful about when applying?

Please be aware that we cannot accept applications from students enrolled at schools other than designated schools, undergraduate students, or direct applications not submitted through schools.

 

A pleasant chat at the international student gathering―What are the obligations for scholarship recipients?

Submission of information about their state of study and research, submission of a short essay, and participation in the scholarship student gatherings. Students also submit reports if they temporarily return to their home country, receive their doctorate, find a job, etc.

 

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

Student gatherings, with participation by people from related universities and graduate students, are held in June and March of each year.

 

―How many students have been awarded the scholarship?

From the 1991 to 2011 school years, 295 students from 19 countries (including China, Korea, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh) have been awarded this scholarship.

 

 

 

Comments from scholarship recipients

Ms. Yuping Jin (China) Graduate School of Asian and International Business Strategy, Asia University

Thanks to this scholarship, I am able to concentrate on researching and studying without having to work part time. This makes things easier for me from an emotional standpoint, and I became able to enjoy my life as an international student more than in the past. I am very grateful to the members of the Foundation every day. I will continue working as hard as I can.

 

Ms. Eunha Kim (Korea) Graduate School of Real Estate Sciences, Meikai University

To write a thesis one must have time to repeatedly read many books, think a great deal, and write without taking a break. Thanks to this financial support, I gained time to consider my research and publication plans in a more detailed way. Since I received this support, I am thankful that problems in this realm were resolved, and I was able to graduate as a representative of the Graduate School of Real Estate Sciences. I think that such support is the biggest type of motivation for raising the desire of international students to work even harder.

 

Mr. Phung Dinh Trong (Vietnam) Graduate School of Business Administration, Daito Bunka University

When living as an international student, expenses for school and living are a major burden. Thanks to the Watanuki International Scholarship Foundation’s scholarship, I was able to reduce my amount of part-time work and create time to take part in sports for my health, which allowed me to focus on my studies and research. I have also been able to have precious encounters with friends from other universities, older students, and other people through the exchange meetings held by the Foundation and my activities as an international student. In this way I have been able to understand various types of knowledge and experience. I am very happy to have received the opportunities for such irreplaceable experiences, in addition to monetary support. I won’t forget these things as I place importance on every day, and I intend to keep working hard for the sake of my future.

 

Mr. Sharma, Ram Chandra (Nepal) Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba University

It was very difficult for me to live as an international student without scholarships. When I wasn’t receiving any, when I paid for living expenses I had to worry about tuition. I also struggled to devote myself to my research while working part time. Since I received this scholarship I’ve thankfully been able to pay both living expenses and tuition, and I am also grateful that I can devote myself to my studies.



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4) Academic Societies


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

The Classical Society of Japan

URL: http://clsoc.jp/csj.html

 

<Law, Politics>

Japan Education Law Association

URL: http://jela1970.jp/ (In Japanese Only)

 

<Economics, Commercial Science, Management>

The Japan Society of the Regional Science Association International

URL: http://jsrsai.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/index.html

 

<Science>

The Society of the Chromatographic Sciences

URL: http://chromsoc.jp/ (In Japanese Only)

 

<Engineering>

The Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences

URL: http://www.jsass.or.jp/webe/

 

<Agriculture>

Japanese Society of Turfgrass Science

URL: http://members2.jcom.home.ne.jp/0859ggxi/ (In Japanese Only)

 

<Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences>

Japan Society of Pressure ulcers

URL: http://www.jspu.org/index_eng.html

 

 


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5) Japanese Language Test


Japanese Language Test

Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Test Date: Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Mailing date of the result: Around the beginning of September, 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, May 20th, 2012

 

Business J.TEST (In Japanese Only)

Test Date: Sunday, July 8th, 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) Job Hunting Event Information


*Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners

Job paper seminar for international students (Tuesday, May 15th, 2012) (In Japanese Only)

Interview seminar for international students (Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012) (In Japanese Only)

 

*Nagoya Employment Service Center for Foreigners

Job hunting fair for international students (Saturday, May 26th, 2012) (In Japanese only)

●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 (Thursday, May 17th, 2012) (In Japanese Only)

Internship for international students (In Japanese Only)

 

*Fukuoka Gakusei Shokugyo Center (In Japanese Only)

Job-search Seminar for International Students (Tuesday, May 29th, 2012) (In Japanese Only)

 

<For International students>

Works Japan Job Fair 2012 for International Students (Sunday, May 20th, 2012) (Works Japan) (Tokyo: Akihabara Convention Hall, Akihabara Daibiru 2F) (In Japanese Only)

Consultation (Tuesday, May 29th, 2012) (NAP, LLP) (Tokyo: Bunkyo Civic Center) (In Japanese Only)

Japan and Korea Talented Person Interchange Promotion Adoption Seminars 2012 (Wednesday, May 30th, 2012)(Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency)(Tokyo:Tokyo International Forum Room G409) (In Japanese Only)

IFSA Job Fair for Foreign Students 2013 (Saturday, June 2nd, 2012) (International Foreign Students Association) (Osaka: Osaka International House, Meeting room, Sakura) (In Japanese Only)

Career Fair in English (Wednesday, June 6th, 2012)(The event hosted by Sophia University and Temple University Japan Campus) (Tokyo: 9th floor, Central Library in Sophia University)

 

<For both International and Japanese students>

Kanagawa IT Job hunting fair (Tuesday, May 15th, 2012) (Kanagawa Information services industry Association) (Kanagawa: New Japan Oil Building 1F Hall) (In Japanese Only)

Gifu Prefecture Job Hunting Guidance 2013 Part5 (Friday, May 18th, 2012) (Gifu Employer’s Association) (Gifu: Gifu City Culture Center) (In Japanese Only)

 

 

<Site list for International Students>

Job Information Net (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.) (In Japanese Only)

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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Job Hunting Reports from Former International Students


Ms. Misun Ju

Name: Ms. Misun Ju
Nationality: Korea
University in Japan: Higashi Nippon International University
Major Field of Study: Faculty of Economics and Information
Period of Stay in Japan: April 2008-March 2012
Name of Company: Fukushima Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
The level of Japanese-Language: JLPT N1, BJT J1




  • After the Great East Japan Earthquake, why did you want to find a job in Japan?
    I saw the tragic situation of the Great East Japan Earthquake with my own eyes, and I wondered what I could do to help the people of Fukushima and Japan who had been so good to me during my four years as an international student. As a result of this, I thought that transmitting the voices of people who were having trouble ― such as those who had lost their homes or jobs ― throughout Japan and the world would help to expand the network of financial and emotional support even by a small degree, and also to increase the amount of hope, energy, and smiling faces.
  • What was the reason why you chose the company you are now working for?
    Fukushima Broadcasting, which has celebrated its 30th anniversary, is a television station that has close ties with the local area. I was attracted by its stance of constantly making approaches from a wide range of angles to convey accurate information to viewers in a prompt manner. A major part of its appeal was the phrase “Let’s take on new challenges without being bound by past common sense,” which is one of its codes of behavior. I also wanted to participate in this. I hope to make contributions and to help create a new structure for information transmission by accumulating experience in various departments in order to help Fukushima Broadcasting become a television station that is chosen and trusted by the residents of the prefecture.
  • Please describe the business of your company and your job.
    Fukushima Broadcasting is a television station affiliated to TV Asahi. It functions as an effective medium for linking together sponsors and consumers, such as by broadcasting commercials at the request of corporations, administrative bodies, and other parties. In addition, it also has a duty as a media outlet to provide news about incidents and accidents in order to fulfill the right of citizens to be informed. The station is also constantly exploring for ways to contribute to public service and culture, such as through various types of events and by creating programs. I was assigned to the Sales Division in the Sales Department. I’m currently taking part in training, so I’m studying about sponsors, commercials, the relationships between broadcasting studios and advertising agencies, and other topics.
  • What and how did you appeal to the employer?
    I showcased my appeal in my own ways, such as why I hoped to work at a broadcasting station among the different types of mass media, why I chose a broadcasting station in Fukushima Prefecture instead of another region or key station, and why I selected Fukushima Broadcasting.

  • When did you start your job hunting activities?
    I began around the summer of 2010.
  • How many companies did you apply to?
    I applied for pre-entry to around 70 companies, and submitted entry sheets to 4. I had an interview with 2 companies.
  • What kind of job-hunting activity did you do exactly? (Seminars and websites you used)
    I registered on job-hunting activity websites, and proactively attended job-hunting seminars and company information sessions. Before submitting my entry sheets I had a professor at my university check the content as well as whether I was using correct Japanese and other factors. Since one is asked to give a self-introduction and explain one’s reasons for applying at every interview, I practiced many times so I could answer these questions smoothly.
  • What did you refer to for your advance preparation and company research?
    I read books about business manners and the SPI Test. My school also held lectures on business manners just for international students. I attended lectures such as those about how to do corporate research, how to write entry sheets, how to bow, interview practice, etc.
  • What did you find difficult in your advance preparation and company research?
    Self-analysis is very difficult, so I had a hard time figuring out what job would fit me. I found a job I wanted to do as I proactively took part in company information sessions and job-hunting seminars.
  • What were you careful about in making your job entry sheet or curriculum vitae (CV)?
    I think that you should write entry sheets in a specific, easy-to-understand way. I learned that it’s hard to read overly lengthy sentences, and that these also don’t leave much of an impression. For that reason, I think an important point is to write simply. Of course it’s also good to write neatly, and I feel it’s vital to write in a polite and heartfelt way.
  • What did you pay attention to in preparation for your job interview?
    I tend to become very nervous, and I’ve felt regret because I wasn’t able to say what I wanted to. I felt that it was very important to take measures such as practicing many times in advance and arriving at the venue with time to spare.
  • What were you asked in job interviews?
    In addition to my reasons for applying, I was asked why I entered a Japanese university, why I hoped to find a job in Japan, and why I started studying Japanese. Because it was right after the earthquake and nuclear accident, I was also asked whether I was concerned about working in Fukushima Prefecture, whether my parents were worried about or opposed to this, etc.
  • What were other experiences that you found confusing, problems you faced, or impressive episodes in your job searching activities?
    The group interview during the second test at Fukushima Broadcasting left the biggest impression on me. I conducted a 35-minute interview on the theme of “What happened on March 11th” with a person who actually works in the media, and then summarized the content of the interview in 800 Japanese characters. I still remember that the scenes this reporter saw left very deep impressions.
  • What do you find good things about working in Japan?
    A full month hasn’t passed since I entered the company, so I don’t know yet. I hope to enjoy myself as I work.
  • Please let us know your hopes, objectives and plans for the future.
    I’m still a new employee who doesn’t know anything, so I hope to make efforts to master the many things I learn from senior employees and become able to contribute to the company as soon as possible.
  • (Image) Business womanPlease give a message to those who are thinking about finding a job in Japan.
    Job-hunting activities are difficult everywhere, but I think it’s even harder to carry out these activities in a foreign country. You may encounter barriers in your job-hunting activities if you are not clear about why you want to work in Japan instead of your native country. Please discover your own reasons in order to be able to overcome these barriers. If you have these reasons, you will be able to take part in such activities with confidence.


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3) Job Hunting Consultations


This month, Mr. Haruhara, board member of The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) and director of the AOTS Japanese Language Training Center, will explain about “A-un no kokyu (=A-un breathing).”

 

Question:

Japanese people often used the expression, ‘A-un no kokyu (=A-un breathing)’ but what does it mean? What should we be aware of when starting a job?

 

Answer

(Image) Working peopleA-UN” originally is a Buddhist term and is written as “A-UN in chinese characters.” It means both breathing in and out. Namely, it is the condition in which two individuals are able to perfectly harmonize with each other (both in form and emotion) when engaging in an activity. Using a phrase that was popular a few years ago, it is “reading between the lines” which is “K” of “KY” (i.e., “cannot read between the lines”). It is also how a couple married for years can perform daily tasks by simply asking, “Can you get me ‘that thing’ over there?”

 

Japanese companies have also favorably considered this family-like communication and the systems that have been supporting it are “lifetime employment” and “seniority.” Basically, these allow positions and salaries to be semi-automatically determined by age and years of experience. It is the culture based on the premise that employees are sharing the same time and set of values. Therefore, in such a workplace, “getting one’s message across without words” is valued. If you join a company or become part of a workplace with such family-like atmosphere while the company expects the same kind of attitude or way of working from you, it would be a good idea that you work overtime just like your superiors, go drinking with them after work and happily (or at least act happily) go play golf with them on holidays if asked to. This is, of course, based on how you feel: Do you want to or not?

 

In today’s age, however, the company that has employed you (regardless of size) did so because they also had a different reason. It is because you are from another culture or with a multicultural background. If so, you should rather not try too hard to follow “A-un no kokyu (=A-un breathing)” and embrace the fact that you cannot read between the lines. When you cannot understand or be convinced, try to organize your thoughts on what makes you feel that way and calm yourself down. Then, politely and openly (i.e., do not moan to someone about it over drinks) communicate how you are feeling to your boss or superior. This is precisely the reason why “no one else but you” were employed ― to bring new ideas and global perspective to the company.

 

A-un no kokyu (=A-un breathing)” is very necessary when doing your job. However, at the company that has hired you where globalization is strived for, “kokyu” = “breathing” is something that you can always try to harmonize afresh as you work together with others. Do not worry. I think it is okay to say, “The emperor has no clothes on” if indeed he does not.

 

 [Respondent: Mr. Haruhara, board member of The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development ]


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4) Convenient Job Hunting Information



Convenient Job Hunting Information

 

Seating/Standing Position Manners

 

There are manners concerning where you sit or stand when visiting companies or getting interviewed. The same goes when you have obtained the opportunity to meet people from the company your senior has introduced you. When being in the same space (room, car, elevator, etc.), the safest and most comfortable place there is called the “kamiza” which is for higher ranking people or superiors. Therefore, in comparison, you should sit or stand at the “shimoza.” This is the basis of showing your respect.

 

Seating order in a reception room
In a reception room, the kamiza is mainly located far from the door in back of the room. If there is a sofa and a chair for one person, the sofa is considered the kamiza.

When led to a reception room and then asked to wait there, it would be best to sit at Seat #4 and wait.

However, if there is a painting on the wall of the room or if a magnificent view can be enjoyed, the kamiza is where the painting or the view can be seen the best.


 

Seating order in a carWhen riding in a car (taxi, company car, etc.), the safest place is behind the driver. Hence, Position #1 would be the kamiza. Position #3 is not safe as the person sitting there may be thrown to the front if the car stops abruptly. Therefore, Position #2 would be the kamiza.

The passenger’s seat is for the person who gives directions or pays the fare.

In such a case where you will ride in your boss’ car or a vehicle driven by him/her, the passenger’s seat becomes the kamiza because it is the most comfortably-located seat to have a friendly conversation with the driver. It would be a good idea to think about where to sit depending on the situation.


 

Standing position in an elevator
In the elevator, Position #1 in the back is the kamiza while Position #4 (in front of the elevator buttons) is the shimoza.

 

When using the stairs of elevator to go up and down, it would be best to position yourself so that you are not looking down at the higher ranking person. This means that you should be behind him/her when going up and in front of him/her when going down.


 

In most cases, you will not be troubled finding the right place to sit if you remember the basic manners of “kamiza” and “shimoza.” You will basically be okay if you sit at the shimoza. However, when visiting companies, the greeters will perhaps ask you to sit at Seat #4. For different reasons, you may be encouraged to sit at a seat considered the kamiza. If that happens, do not hesitate but comply with a sense of gratitude.

 

Upon job interviews, the interviewees are often led to the rooms where the interviewers are waiting. In such a case where a number of people are interviewed at once, the one entering first should sit at the back of the room followed by those behind him/her. Stand at the left-hand side of the chair and sit when you are told, “Please be seated.” When being interviewed alone, sit in front of the interviewer even if there may be a couple of chairs and speak enthusiastically by facing him/her.


Text: YUMA Teaching Japanese Firm Kyushu

Maki Okumura


5. Visit Japan

Why not try traveling around Japan? Here we introduce information about famous places, events, dining, and more in locations throughout Japan. Our May issue features Saitama Prefecture.


Saitama Prefecture

 


Iwadatami Rocks in Nagatoro Town Nagatoro

One of the highlights of Nagatoro is the Iwadatami Rocks, which resembles spreading layers of tatami mats. At Nagatoro Line Kudari, which is also a famous place for viewing autumn foliage, visitors can experience the amazing scenery of Nagatoro while being surrounded by the Iwadatami Rocks. On the opposite shore is a cliff named “Chichibu Sekiheki” and the Myojin Waterfall. In addition, Nagatoro’s Hodosan Jinja Shrine has been listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

Nagatoro Town Tourism Association (In Japanese Only)



Oshi Castle
Gyoda

Gyoda is the town around the famous, impregnable Oshi Castle. This historical town is dotted with groups of ancient tombs and tabi (traditional Japanese sock) warehouses that were built from the middle of the Edo period. The movie "The Floating Castle", which is set at Oshi Castle, will be released in the autumn of 2012. Visitors can also enjoy Grade B gourmet foods such as zeri fry and fry.

Gyoda City Tourism Association (In Japanese Only)

 



Kawagoe FestivalKawagoe Festival

During the Edo period the Tokugawa Shogun family came to see the Edo Tenka Festival, and these traditions have been passed down until today. The highlights of this festival include the festival parades passing through the warehouse-style townscapes that symbolize Kawagoe (which is also called “Little Edo”). This year is the 90th anniversary of Kawagoe Cityfs muncipalization, so 29 festival floats ― twice as many as usual ― will be visible. The festival takes place on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st, 2012.

Kawagoe Festival Official Website



Chichibu Meisen

Chichibu Meisenkan

Sericulture (silkworm culture) has flourished in Chichibu since ancient times. Meisen is a type of textile that is made from silk. Chichibu Meisen is known for allowing the free expression of patterns with no reverse side. At Chichibu Meisenkan, visitors can watch the process of dying beautiful designs on this silk.

Chichibu Meisenkan (In Japanese Only)



Suttate

Suttate

Suttate is a type of cuisine made by grinding cucumber, myoga, or other summer vegetables in a mortar. This paste is mixed with cold dashi (soup stock) and eaten with udon noodles. Suttate is very nutritious and simple to make; this type of local cuisine was passed down by generations of Kawajima Town farmers because it was easy for them to eat it during breaks from work under the blazing sun.
Kawajima Town society of Commerce and Industry (In Japanese Only)

 


Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Saitama page

Chokotabi Saitama, the official tourism website of Saitama Prefecture

Materials provided by: Tourism Division, Department of Industry and Labor, Saitama Prefecture


6. NIPPON Time Machine

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


The Tokyo Sky Tree, a new radio tower that incorporates Japanese traditions


The Sky Tree, the new symbol of Tokyo

The grand opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree will be on May 22nd.

 

The Tokyo Sky Tree is 634 meters tall ― approximately twice the height of Tokyo Tower. The numbers six, three, and four can be pronounced as “mu,” “sa,” and “shi” in Japanese. This refers to Musashi no Kuni, the name of the geographic region that included portions of Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture, and Kanagawa Prefecture from the Nara period to the early part of the Meiji period. For that reason, it’s an easy number for Japanese people to remember.


 

The color of the tower is an original shade named “Sky Tree White.” This white hue contains a small amount of blue and was based on a traditional color called “aijiro,” which referred to the palest gradation of color in aizome (an ancient dyeing method).

 

The tower incorporates sori and mukuri shapes. What are sori and mukuri?


Sori: A shape with lines or surfaces that bend upwards, as demonstrated by the gentle curves of Japanese swords.

Mukuri: The shape of pillars in temple architecture from the Nara and Heian periods, with gently inflated middle portions. This shape is inspired by the curvilinear beauty of old Japanese objects.

 

The Tokyo Sky Tree will be lit up on each day in one of two alternate themes: Iki and Miyabi. Iki, which expresses the spirit of Edo culture, is a pale blue color based on the motif of the Sumida River that runs at the foot of the tower. The theme color of Miyabi ― an expression of traditional Japanese aesthetic sensibilities ― is “Edo Murasaki,” a traditional Japanese color. This color scheme overflows with elegance and refinement. For both, the upper part of the tower features lighting known as “Hikari no Kansetsu” (“Snow-Capped Peak of Light”), which evokes the scenery of Mt. Fuji covered in snow.

 

A five-storied pagoda, which has excellent resistance to earthquakes

Japan is a very seismically active country, so how has resistance to earthquakes been ensured? The structure of traditional Japanese architecture is used to this end. A cylindrical staircase is located in the center of the Sky Tree, which produces the same effects as the shinchū (central pillars) of wooden five-storied pagodas at temples and shrines that have withstood many earthquakes. The upper portion of the shinchū serves as a weight to suppress the shaking of the entire structure.



The lively scene near the Kaminarimon (gThunder Gateh) of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, part of the shitamachi


Many people are already very interested in the form of the Tokyo Sky Tree that stands gracefully over the Oshiage and Narihirabashi areas of Sumida City in Tokyo, which are surrounded by traditional old towns (called “shitamachi”) such as Asakusa and Mukojima.


Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Tokyo from the Observation Deck (an observation floor) at 350 meters above the ground and the Air Corridor (observatory) at 450 meters. It’s definitely worth taking in this view, which is referred to as “looking at Heaven.” It certainly sounds like fun to take a walk through the sky at this new tower that features a fusion of ancient Japanese techniques and cutting-edge technologies!

 

 

The Tokyo Sky Tower strongly expresses traditional Japanese culture in many ways. In the future it will likely come to serve as the symbol of Japan, no less so than Tokyo Tower.

 

The address of the official website is below. Why not go visit the Tokyo Sky Tree, which is currently the most renowned sightseeing spot?

 

Text: Sonomi Shoji (writer)



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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.

■The selection results have been announced.

For more information, please contact each university.


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.

■The selection results have been announced.

For more information, please contact each university.

 

3) Japan Education Fairs / Japan Education Seminars

[Scheduled to be held]

Japan Education Fairs (Inter-University Exchange Promotion Programs)
Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 - Friday, June 1st, 2012
Venue: USA (Houston)

 

Japan Education Fairs

Date: Saturday, July 21st

Venue: Taiwan (Gaoxiong)

 

Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Venue: Taiwan (Taipei)


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

2012 EJU (1st Session)

Mailing Date of Examination Voucher: Friday, May 18th, 2012

Examination Date: Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Mailing Date of Score Report: Friday, July 20th, 2012

2012 EJU (2nd Session)

Applications accepted: Monday, July 2nd, 2012 - Friday July 27th, 2012

Mailing Date of Examination Voucher: Friday, October 19th, 2012

Examination Date: Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Mailing Date of Score Report: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Number of 2011 EJU Examinees (2nd Session)

Guidelines for the 2012 EJU


5) JASSO Scholarship programs

Reservation Program for Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students

Student Exchange Support Program for2013 academic year (Scholarship For Short-Term Study in Japan)

Student Exchange Support Program for 2013 academic year (Scholarship For Short-Term Visit/Short-Term Stay Program)


6) Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching research advisors)

・Reports from Fellows FY 2011
Universities featured this month

Gifu University / Nagasaki University / Obihiro University of Agriculture and

Veterinary Medicine / ・The University of Tokushima / Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology


8. From the Reader


Message from our readers!


Thank you for the JASSO Japan Alumni eNews e-mails. I received a scholarship from JASSO from April of last year to March of this year, so I have been able to study with peace of mind. Thank you very much, and I hope that everyone at JASSO is doing well.

Dao Trinh Chinh Nhan (Vietnam)


(Dispense with the Mr. and Mrs.)

 


New green leaves[From the Editor]

Do you know the phrase, “Shunmin akatsuki wo oboezu” (“In spring one sleeps a sleep that knows no dawn”)?

This phrase is part of a Chinese poem. It refers to how pleasant it is to sleep at night in the spring, and to sleeping without realizing that morning has come. In the warm weather it’s hard to avoid nodding off, but if one oversleeps in the morning there’s no extra time left during the day. My morning schedule is tightly planned. The other day I left the house just 10 minutes earlier than usual and took a walk in a nearby park, which was very refreshing. The season from now on is one of beautiful new green leaves, so how about trying to start your day with a walk as well?

 

The June issue of “Japan Alumni eNews” will be sent on June 8th. Please look forward to it!



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