Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 89 September 9th, 2016
- 1. Life in Japan by Photo-- Memories of Japan (Photo from readers)
- 2. Alumni News-- News on International Students / Current International Students / Alumni Associations / Introduction of “Support for International Students Returning Home”
- 3. Academic News-- Introducing Faculties / Graduate Schools / Scholarships / Grants / Invitations / Awards, etc. / Scholarships/ Grants/Invitation Information and Reports/ Academic Societies / Japanese Language Test
- 4. Business News-- Job Hunting Event Information / Job Hunting Reports / Job Hunting Information Corner
- 5. Visit Japan-- Tourism Information of Prefectural and City Governments
- 6. NIPPON Information-- NIPPON Time Machine / Lifestyle Information
- 7. JASSO News -- Schedule, etc. for the FY2016 Japan Education Fairs / “Student Guide to Japan” / Official Facebook pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices / Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) / JASSO Scholarship programs / Web Magazine "Ryugakukoryu" / Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching research advisors)
- 8. From the Editor
1. Life in Japan by Photo Memories of Japan (Photo from readers)
Learn the life in Japan with photos posted by our readers! We look forward to your submissions of memorable photos of your experiences in Japan, including your student life, exposure to Japanese culture and history, travel, and more.
- How to submit
- Please send your photos with the information listed below to the following address.
1 Photo title (15 words or less)
2 Name (katakana and alphabet)
4 Name of your school in Japan
Landscape of study abroad location
The theme of the September issue is Life in Japan by Photo introduces Memories of Japan. (Honorific title is omitted.)
Sonny Elfiyanto (Indonesia)
University in Japan: Naruto University of Education
Title: Kiyomizu dera
2. Alumni News
Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!
1) News on International Students
NEWS 1 : Japan Tourism Agency Selects Areas for “Tourism Project to Attract Tourists to Local Areas by Special Themes”
The Japan Tourism Agency announced on August 10 the selection of seven areas to include in the “Tourism project to attract tourists to local areas by special themes.” This project features local spots that will be “special tourist attractions” to invite local and international tourists to visit various parts of the country. There will be models of “special-themed tours” to promote local attractions. Selected themes at this time are eco-tourism, town road tourism, modern architecture tourism, sake brewery tourism, shrine and temple tourism and pilgrimage tourism, tourism on Industrial Revolution heritage of Meiji Period, and film location tourism.
NEWS 2 : Training Session for “Yamaguchi International Student Inbound Sightseeing Ambassador” Opens
Yamaguchi City holds training session for “Yamaguchi international student inbound sightseeing ambassador 2016.” The purpose of this program is to offer tourism experience in Yamaguchi and ask international students to tell what is good about Yamaguchi when they get back to their own country. It targets international students who are going to graduate from Yamaguchi University and other prefectural universities in March and international exchange students who have finished their program which spans for a shorter period of time and will soon be returning home. Eleven international students have participated in this year. Training started with walking from Aichorin to Sabagawa stops in Tokuji area as a forest therapy, then proceeded with soba-making in Chogen-no-sato and a visit at the KDDI Parabola Museum. It finished with a lacquered chopsticks painting workshop at the Yamaguchi Furusato Heritage Center.
2) Introduction of Current International Students
Name: DAM THI HUYEN TRANG
University in Japan: Ehime University
Major: Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Academic year: First year of the master's program
Period of Stay in Japan: April 2010 to present
Japanese proficiency level: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1
There are three reasons why I chose to study in Japan. The first reason is my yearning for top knowledge through Japanese technology, which is superior all over the world. The second reason is my interest in its famous culture such as flower arrangement, kimono, manga, and anime. The third is that I could do part-time jobs while studying in university. This means students who can't have enough remittance from parents can also study abroad. The first time I came to Japan, it was very cold. I knew Japan to be much colder than Vietnam but it was more than what I had expected. It might be because I was not used to it, or I was too tired after the flight. I came to Japan at the end of March, and I wore many coats and sweaters like a bear, but still felt cold.
I'm presently enrolled at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering in Ehime University. When I was an undergraduate student, I studied various chemistry specializations such as organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. I chose Structural Organic Chemistry as my major. Currently, I am synthesizing organic compounds with fluorescence.
A favorite Japanese product of mine is the “kotatsu.” Since Vietnam is warmer than Japan, there is no kotatsu, but I think Japanese kotatsu is very useful. Everybody gets into a kotatsu together and talks or studies. I think it is a product to connect people, making a warm atmosphere.
My future dream is to become a researcher. As the quantity of production of oil decreased in Vietnam and the reclaimed oil not being used well, I would like to develop many new products from oil. I think this can be utilized not only as a gasoline but in other ways too.
To international students who are thinking of studying in Japan, I suggest you to study the Japanese language to a certain extent before coming. Without daily conversation skills, it will be hard to communicate with people. You don't have to be in a hurry to master the language; as long as you do your best, you will be all right.
3) List of Japan Alumni Associations
- Kansei Gakuin Alumni Association Korea Chapter
- (Japanese version only)
- China Nagasaki Scholars Association
- (Chinese version only)
- The Asian Southern Culture Association
- Asia Bunka kaikan Dosokai (ABKD)
- Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
- APU Alumni Association
Introduction of “Support for International Students Returning Home”
The Japan Alumni Association of Latvia
The management organization of the Japan Alumni Association of Latvia was established in the Embassy of Japan in Latvia in January 2016.
The goal of the association is to promote fellowship among members and to contribute to development of relationships between Latvia and Japan. To achieve this goal, the following activities are executed:
1. To organize Association members’ meetings in order to encourage their communication and exchange of ideas;
2. To consult those students who don’t have experience of studying in Japan;
3. To share information related to Japanese culture among Association members;]
4. To execute activities to promote cultural ties between Japan and Latvia.
People who have experience of studying in higher education institutions in Japan for a certain period of time as government-sponsored, self-supporting, or exchange students can join this association.
(Japanese and Latvian versions only)
3. Academic News
Introducing scholarships, grants, unique activities at particular universities, and more!
1) Introduction of faculties/graduate schools
Here we introduce you to particular faculties and graduate schools at Japanese universities.
School of Science, The University of Tokyo
General Outline of the University (as of May 1st, 2015)
1. Overview of the School of Science at The University of Tokyo
The School of Science was established alongside the University of Tokyo in 1877. As represented by our Nobel Prize and Fields Medal recipients, researchers and professors in our School have been continuously exploring new frontiers in natural science and contributing to research with their discoveries. Through our carefully designed educational programs, we foster young minds who will lead international research communities and contribute to a global society with their strong scientific knowledge and experience.
There are ten undergraduate departments in the School of Science: Mathematics, Information Science, Physics, Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Physics, Earth and Planetary Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biophysics and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, and Bioinformatics and System Biology. Each of these departments provides undergraduate students with a well-developed and top-tier educational environment.
The School of Science also has five graduate departments: the Department of Physics, the Department of Astronomy, the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences, as well as ten affiliated centers and research institutions. These departments conduct world-leading research projects and provide graduate students with first-class educational programs.
2. Specially designed international education programs and supportive services in the School of Science
In the School of Science, we provide education in an international environment through a variety of specially designed educational programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Furthermore, international students enrolled in the School of Science, along with international internship and research students, are supported by the International Liaison Office. The International Liaison Office helps make the transition to life in Tokyo easier by assisting students with matters such as enrollment registration, scholarship applications and housing.
 Inbound programs for undergraduate students
Launched in 2014, GSC is a program in which students from universities abroad are accepted into the School of Science at the University of Tokyo from their third year of undergraduate studies. Students who transfer onto GSC learn alongside current UTokyo students in an all-English academic environment for their third and fourth years. GSC students are provided a monthly scholarship of 150,000 Japanese yen as well as fully funded accommodation. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded with a BSc from the University of Tokyo.
UTRIP is a summer internship program that began in 2010. This program promotes international exchange in the School of Science through providing undergraduate students worldwide, who are interested in pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in the future, the opportunity to experience the forefront of research at one of our laboratories.
 Outbound program for undergraduate students
The Study and Visit Abroad Program (SVAP) is an international program that was launched in 2015 and allows up to ten undergraduate students enrolled in the University of Tokyo to participate in a research internship or summer school at a university abroad
 Inbound and outbound programs for undergraduate and graduate students
STEPS is an academic exchange program that started in 2014 with the support of the Government of Japan under its Re-Inventing Japan Project. This program allows students and researchers from Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University in Russia to come to the School of Science, Department of Civil Engineering or the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. STEPS also sends students from the University of Tokyo to the aforementioned universities in Russia.
- Science and Engineering Exchange Program with Latin America (SEELA)
- (Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese versions only)
SEELA is an exchange program that was launched with the support of the Government of Japan under its Re-Inventing Japan Project in 2015. This program encourages academic exchanges between the Faculty of Science, School of Science, Faculty of Engineering, School of Engineering, and the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo and the University of Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the University of São Paulo and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Through these exchanges, SEELA promotes top-level collaborative research between students and researchers in Japan, Chile, and Brazil.
 Inbound programs for graduate students
GSGC is an international graduate program that began in 2016 and standardizes a five-year integrated education scheme in which students attend both the Master’s program and the Doctoral program in sequence. This all-English program aims to foster world-class science professionals and welcomes excellent graduates from universities in Japan and around the world to study and conduct research in an esteemed educational environment. GSGC students receive a monthly scholarship of 180,000 Japanese yen during their time on the program.
- Programs at Leading Graduate Schools
The School of Science also offers the following four Leading Graduate School programs for both international and domestic graduate students. Students accepted onto these programs are provided with scholarships.
- 1. Advanced Leading Graduate Course for Photon Science (ALPS)
- 2. Leading Graduate Course for Frontiers of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (FMSP)
- 3. Materials Education program for the future leaders in Research, Industry, and Technology (MERIT)
- 4. Graduate Program for Leaders in Life Innovation (GPLLI)
2) Application information for scholarships, grants, appointments, prizes etc.
Inter-University Seminar House
Project Title: Thesis competition for international students 2016
The Inter-University Seminar House is committed to the study and exchanges between higher education institutions, and to the development of a knowledge-based society through programs. In order to achieve these, we conduct (1) trainings to sustain the operations of the seminar house, (2) seminars to deepen the understanding between universities in cooperation with these institutions, and (3) support programs for international lodgings and education.
Applicant Eligibility: International students in a Japanese university or graduate school
Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2016
My thoughts on global issues The global community has various complicated problems such as environmental issues, ethnic disputes, and culture contact. What do you think about these global issues? Write a thesis and tell us your opinion.
Gold: Commendation and 100,000 JPY prize money for 1 person
Silver: Commendation and 50,000 JPY prize money for 2 people
Bronze: Commendation and 30,000 JPY prize money for 3 people
Prize for participation: cash certificate worth 1,000 JPY for purchasing books for 100 people The prized theses will be published on the website of the Inter-University Seminar House and in an international student’s newspaper. Theses that failed to meet certain criteria will not receive prize for participation.
How to submit:
(1) It should be original and has never been published.
(2) Less than 4,000 Japanese characters (including references). Each page must have a maximum of 40 characters/line and 30 lines. A4-size paper.
(3) Must be written in Microsoft Word or other text format.
(4) No restrictions on the title of thesis. Composition and development, including issue awareness, argument, and other details must be clearly arranged by chapters. References must be cited accordingly.
Staff of Thesis competition for international students 2016, Inter-University Seminar House Foundation
1987-1 Shimoyugi, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0372
TEL: 042-676-8512 (direct) / 042-676-8511 (main)
(Japanese version only)
The Hitachi Global Foundation
Project title: The 48th Kurata Grants 2016
The Hitachi Global Foundation aims to contribute to the realization of Society5.0*, where the solutions of both of social issues and economic issues would be achieved through the promotion of hyper-smart technology. We are going to give grants to researchers doing fundamental or applied research in the fields of natural science or in the interdisciplinary fields between natural science and social science. We are focusing on three fields based on the applicability to energy and environment, city and transportation, and health and medical care.
*Society 5.0: term used in the "5th Science and Technology Basic Plan" of the Cabinet Office. The society could be realized by a technological innovation creating the fifth society in human history after the hunting and gathering, the agrarian, the industrial, and the present information societies.
1. Researchers who are doing fundamental or applied research in the fields of natural science or interdisciplinary fields of natural and social sciences to solve social issues in one of the three areas: energy and environment, city and transportation, and health and medical care.
2. Researchers affiliated to a Japanese research institute (a graduate school with doctoral courses or an undergraduate school connected to a postgraduate institution).
Researchers who are eligible to Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology or from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science). All nationalities are welcome.
Application deadline: Monday, September 26, 2016
Amount of grant: 1,000,000 JPY per grant (maximum 3,000,000 JPY)
How to apply:
Send these documents below.
1. Research plan document - 3 copies (Single-side printing. Printed in color and English is accepted.)
2. Letter of acceptance - 1 copy
3. Copy of reference thesis (maximum of 3 reports) - 2 copies each
A selection committee will be set and composed of 6 members. Decisions will be finalized by early January of 2017.
Delivery of grants:
Basically, grants will be paid 2 installments through a bank transfer in March and September 2017.
Kurata Grants Office, Hitachi Global Foundation
12F Marunouchi Center Building 6-1, Marunouchi 1-chome,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8220 Japan
TEL: +81-3-5221-6678 FAX: +81-3-5221-6680
(Japanese version only)
3) Information about international symposium
2016 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology (APISAT-2016)
This symposium is the collaborative endeavor among the Japanese, Chinese, Australian, and Korean societies for aerospace technology taking place every year. This year’s symposium will be held in Japan and hosted by the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences.
This symposium will bring together engineers, representatives of national scientific institutes, and researchers from both academia and industry to explore and discuss current and future advanced topics in aeronautical and space engineering.
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Thursday, October 27, 2016
Place: Toyama International Conference Center, Toyama, JAPAN
4) Academic Societies
<Literature, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, Sociology, History>
<Economics, Commercial Science, Management>
<Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences>
5) Japanese Language Test
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test
2nd Test Date: Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Application period: Thursday, September 1st, 2016-Friday, September 30th, 2016
- BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test
Test Date: Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Application period: Friday, July 1st, 2016 – Friday, October 14th, 2016
From 2016, application at bookstores is not available. You have to apply through internet or convenience store.
- (Japanese version only)
Test Date: Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Deadline: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
*Application has been closed
Test Date: Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Deadline: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
JASSO provides information about job-search for both current and graduate international students!
1) Job Hunting Event Information
- The Program for Advancement of Foreign Human Resources
- (Japanese version only)
The Program for Advancement of Foreign Human Resources is being launched from 2015, as a collaborative effort of related government ministries and agencies, and other relevant organizations. The Program seeks to increase employment of international students in Japan, and hence increase the number of highly skilled international professionals in the future, following the recent trend in policy that includes the 2014 revision of “Japan Revitalization Strategy – Japan is Back” (approved by the Cabinet on June 24th, 2014). The ultimate aim is to vitalize the Japanese economy further and enhance Japan’s presence in the global economy.
Through seminars, events and other activities, the Program will strengthen the system of connecting international students and other foreign nationals looking for employment in Japan, with companies in Japan looking to recruit international employees.
- Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Offer job information, guidance for job-hunting, practice interview, and a private consultation etc.
- Nagoya Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Offer job information, guidance for job-hunting, practice interview (Every Tuesday and Thursday), and a private consultation etc.
- Osaka Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Offer job information, guidance for job-hunting (the third Thursday of every month), and a private consultation etc.
- Fukuoka Gakusei Shokugyo Center
- (Japanese version only)
- Offer job information, guidance for job-hunting, Research industry and self-analyze, Preparing seminar for job-hunting, and a private consultation etc.
For International students
- Job Interview Session for International Students
(Japanese version only)
Tokyo: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – Friday, October 14, 2016
Place: 21F Odakyu Daiichi Seimei Building, 2-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
By Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Job Fair for International Students
(Japanese version only)
Tokyo: 13:00～17:00, Wednesday ,October 12, 2016
Place: Meiji University Surugadai Campus,1-1 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
By Greater Tokyo Initiative
- Guidance of job-hunting for international students
(Japanese versions only)
Osaka: 14:00～16:00, Thursday, September 15, 2016
Place: Seminar room in the Hello work Osaka for freshman, Hankyu Grand Building 18th floor
By Osaka Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Job-search seminars for international students
(Japanese versions only)
Fukuoka: 15:30～17：30, Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Place: Hello work Fukuoka for freshman, ELGALA Office Building 12th floor By Fukuoka Job Support Center for Students
Useful web site for International students
- These web sites has search engine for a company recruiting international students.
- Asagaku Navi 2017
- (Gakujo Co., Ltd.)(Japanese version only)
- Diamond Shukatsu Navi 2017
- (DIAMOND HUMAN RESOURCE, INC.)(Japanese version only)
- MYNAVI 2017
- (Mynavi Corporation)(Japanese version only)
- Rikunavi 2017
- （Recruit Career Co., Ltd.）(Japanese version only)
- （The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ Japan Network for International Education/ PRO*SEEDS(Japanese version only)
2) Job-hunting report
Name : Perrin Antoine
I like Japanese history and movies so I wanted to study in Japan since I was a high school student. I majored in Japanese in a French university, and in my third year, I had a chance to study in a Japanese university for about a year. Since I was interested also in fine arts, I chose Tokyo, which has many art museums, as the place to study abroad.
Currently I'm working at MUGENUP Inc., which is developing an enterprise close to the field I’m interested in. It is a young and active venture company. I decided to join the company because I thought that I could do the things that I wanted to do here. MUGENUP Inc. has developed and operated a system for a more efficient and high quality production of game illustrations and a variety of creative production methods, under the philosophy of “creating creativity.” More than 1,500 illustrations are made in a month by more than 30,000 creators in and outside the country through the internet. Moreover, MUGENUP Inc. has developed into an enterprise dealing with 3D, imaging and work management tools, among others. Now, I'm in charge of the department that develops and manages online teaching services and media to train illustrators.
My future dream is that a Japanese creator can play an active part more internationally and that overseas creators can play an active part in Japan more.
To the international students who will be job-hunting, it is important to reflect if your goals match with the company's goals and values. If the company finds a common denominator that appeals to them, then there’s a big chance of your getting hired.
3) Job Hunting Information Article
Around September, companies will begin their autumn recruitment. There are two patterns of company hiring in autumn. One would have companies seeking new graduates in March and still need to fill the number to hire; the other one would have companies start the hiring of new graduates completely from autumn. Small- and medium-sized companies tend to operate autumn recruitment more than the major and large-sized companies.
Compared to spring recruitment, both the numbers of job offers and people being employed are fewer. It means that autumn recruitment is more fast-paced, and every company will stop recruitment when they have enough number of target employees. So, students have to move as early as possible and continue job-hunting until they get an unofficial job offer. Every year, many companies, whose employment would have been completed, had ended their recruitment activities by November or December.
During the autumn recruitment, a company needs to fill a certain number of positions as early as possible. So, some of the companies reduce the frequency of selection, start with interview without checking the entry sheets, and shorten the period of selection. In order to get an unofficial job offer, students must apply to as many companies as possible in a short time.
5. Visit Japan
Have you been travelling around Japan? In this section, we bring you information about sights, events, and foods from all over the country! The September edition looks at Ehime Prefecture.
It is said that Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest hot springs in Japan, has 3,000 years of history. The egret (white heron) laid on top of the Shinrokaku of the “Dogo Onsen Main Building” is the symbol of Dogo Onsen. According to a legend, there was one egret suffering from a broken leg. The egret found a hot spring spouting among rocks, flew there every day and dipped its leg in it. Then it completely recovered, and the egret flew away vigorously. It is said that the main building “Yu-ya” in the movie Spirited Away filmed by Hayao Miyazaki was modeled on the present building of the Dogo Onsen public bathhouse.
Matsuyama Castle is built on Mount Katsuyama, which is 132 meters high, in Matsuyama city. This castle was originally built by Kato Yoshiaki, one of the members of Shichihon-yari who is famous for the Battle of Shizuga-take. Matsuyama Castle is one of the twelve castles, called juni genzon tenshu, that have existing “tenshu” or castle towers built in the Edo Period. The castle was selected among the “Top 100 Castles in Japan” in 2006 and also one of “the most beautiful historical 100 landscapes in Japan,” along with Dogo Onsen in 2007.
Imabari is a major production area of towels and famous for being the no. 1 supplier in Japan. More than 50% of the locally-produced towels are made here. The beautiful and abundant water resources sustains the production of Imabari towel and its quality. Moreover, through Imabari’s 120-year history, a vast array of knowledge has been acquired. Imabari towel’s best feature is its water absorbency. Imabari towels are certified as towels with excellent water absorbing property, even without washing before use, only when they have met the unique quality standards.
The cultivation of oranges in Ehime Prefecture is said to have begun when mandarin orange seedlings, obtained during a visit to Ise Shrine visit and pilgrimage to Shikoku, were planted in the town of Yoshida in Uwajima around the end of the Edo Period. Ehime Prefecture has a warm and sunny climate throughout the whole year. Its land is well-drained and has nutrient-rich soil, thus the place is blessed with an environment suitable for raising delicious mandarin oranges. With various types of citruses such as “mandarin oranges,” “iyokan,” “ponkan,” and “shiranui (dekopon),” the total amount of production of all the types grown in the prefecture in 2011 was about 260,000 tons, making it no. 1 in terms volume of production in Japan.
The Niihama drum festival is an autumn festival that celebrates the good harvest of autumn held in various parts of Niihama city. This festival is known as one of three major Shikoku festivals along with “Awaodori” of Tokushima and “Yosakoi” of Kochi. Moreover, this festival is a male festival; thus only males can perform tasks in the festival. The main event of the festival is the parade of a huge float that is accompanied by a portable shrine called “taikodai.” The drum is about 5.4 meters in height, about 11 meters in length, and 2.5 tons in weight. Around 150 males called “kakio” carry it on their shoulders.
6. NIPPON Information
This section features enjoyable stories about pop culture, traditions, dining, cutting-edge technology, and more!
1) NIPPON Time Machine
Jugo-ya or Chushu-no-meigetsu (Full moon night or Harvest moon)
The full moon night or harvest moon is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Japanese old calendar. In the new calendar, this day usually falls between September 7 and October 8. This year, it will be on September 15.
In China, there has been a harvest moon-viewing tradition since the Tang dynasty. In Japan, this was adapted by the aristocrats of the Heian period and later spread to the samurai and the common people. In old times, people could tell the month and day, and the time for agriculture from the wax and wane of the moon. The full moon night also seemed to be an important turning point wherein ritual is held.
Dumplings and Japanese pampas grass are offered during the night of full moon. Offerings are presented to the full moon, being an object not only of tasteful elegance but also of faith.
The dumpling made with rice powder and formed into balls for the appreciation of the harvest was the beginning of the “tsukimi” (moon-viewing) dumpling. The shape is basically round but there are also various tsukimi dumplings that took root in the area. Japanese pampas grass, on the other hand, is offered because it is believed to be a dwelling place of a god and resembles the rice stalk before its harvest. Moreover, there is the custom of hanging pampas grass in front of the house after the moon-viewing; the sharp end of the pampas grass is considered as a charm against evil.
2) Lifestyle Information
September is the season of typhoons. It seems that the damages by typhoons and local severe rains such as floods, landslides, thunderbolts, and tornadoes have worsened owing to global warming these days. Let's make it a habit of taking measures and preparations for a typhoon.
Here are few important measures against a typhoon:
1. Get the latest typhoon reports.
2. Don't go out when a typhoon approaches.
3. Store water, foods, etc., in preparation for power failure and suspension of water supply.
4. Check the nearest evacuation area and the quickest and safest route to get there.
5. Check the dangerous places through the "hazard map" created by cities, wards, towns and villages.
The Japan Meteorological Agency announces that it will issue “Advisory” when there is a possibility of disaster, “Warning” when a more serious disaster may occur, and “Emergency Warning” in the event of a remarkably bigger disaster based on heavy rains and strong winds to caution and alert people. “Emergency Warning,” “Warning,” and “Advisory” are transmitted to related government agencies, prefectural and other local governments; the municipal governments and the press will then inform the local residents.
Moreover, evacuation information will be passed on to residents in the event that the municipal government, after assessing various information and dangers, has considered evacuation as necessary.
1. Evacuation preparation information: Along with calls to prepare for evacuation, people who need assistance during disasters such as the elderly and persons with disabilities are asked to evacuate as early as possible.
2. Evacuation advisories: Residents in areas where damage is expected due to disaster are advised to evacuate.
3. Evacuation orders: Residents are strongly ordered to evacuate. Evacuation should be done immediately.
7. JASSO News
Information about JASSO Scholarship programs, invitation program, Japan Education Fairs, and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).
1) Schedule, etc. for 2016 Japan Education Fairs
JASSO holds Japan Education Fairs overseas to provide information to high school students, university students and other individuals who are interested in studying in Japan. We also attend and cooperate to the events and seminars sponsored by other organizations.
2) Information about the “Student Guide to Japan”
For all those considering studying in Japan, we recommend you to read the “Student Guide to Japan” first.
In addition to information on the Japanese education system, scholarships, and daily life in Japan, the guidebook also includes stories on experience of international students in Japan.
You can read the guidebook on the JASSO website, so we encourage not only those who are considering studying in Japan, but also students already studying in Japan to take a look.
You can read in 14 languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese), Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Myanmar language and Bengali, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, German, Mongolian, and Portuguese.
3) Official Facebook pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices
We also provide the latest information on studying in Japan on our official Facebook pages. Check them out!
4) Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
5) JASSO Scholarship programs
- Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students
- (Japanese version only)
- Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students
- Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students by Pre-arrival(University recommenders)
- (Japanese version only)
- Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship For Short-Term Study in Japan)
6) Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”
- Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”
- (Japanese version only)
The September 2016 issue will be published on September 12th. Please make sure to read it!
7) Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching research advisors)
This program provides Japanese academic advisors with an opportunity to visit and to help further research of former international students who are teaching and/or researching at universities or research institutes in their home countries.
- Reports from Fellows FY 2015
8. From the Editor
How did you find the September edition of Japan Alumni e-mail newsletter? As we mentioned in our Lifestyle Information section, September is the season of typhoons. In areas south of Japan, which is near the equator, typhoons have developed through the whole year because of the strong heat of the sun and the continuing rise of temperature. At the end of summer, the Pacific high-pressure system has weakened. So at this time, typhoons concentrate and land in Japan. Let's make it a habit of taking measures and as we prepare for the coming typhoons, try to collect the newest information from the television and the internet, and take appropriate actions.
Japan Alumni eNews Editorial Desk is looking for someone who can share their job searching experiences. We also welcome pictures from your life abroad as an exchange student and your comments for our email magazine. Our next issue of “Japan Alumni eNews” will be distributed on October 7th. Don’t miss it!
- Information in this issue may change without notice. Please visit their web sites for latest information.
- Follow-up Services Unit, International Scholarship Division, Student Exchange Department Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
- 2-2-1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8630 JAPAN
- TEL (telephone) number is +81-3-5520-6030
- FAX (facsimile) number is +81-3-5520-6031
- E-mail address is alumni-newsletter at mark jasso.go.jp
- * Please convert "at mark" to @ when you send an e-mail to us.