Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 122 June 10, 2019
- 1. Life in Japan by Photo -- June of Japan
- 2. Alumni News -- News on International Students / Study Abroad Testimonial / Alumni Associations / Introduction of “Support for International Students Returning Home”
- 3. Academic News -- Introducing Universities / Scholarships/Grants/Invitations/Prizes, etc. / Symposium / Academic Societies / Japanese Language Tests
- 4. Business News -- Job Hunting Event Information / Job Hunting Reports / Job Hunting Information Article
- 5. Visit Japan -- Tourism Information of Prefectural and City Governments
- 6. NIPPON Information -- Lifestyle Information / Magazines and Brochures from Japanese Government
- 7. JASSO News -- 2019-2020 Study in Japan 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 Fellowship (Invitation Program) / Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching Research Advisors) / “Job Hunting Guide for International Students”
- 8. From the Editor
1. Life in Japan by Photo
Learn about life in Japan with photos posted by our readers! We look forward to receiving memorable photos of your experiences in Japan, including your student life, exposure to Japanese culture and history, travel, and more.
1. Photo title (15 characters or less)
2. Name (katakana and alphabet)
4. Name of your school in Japan
June of Japan
The theme of the June issue is photos that show June in Japan.
Japanese Horse Mackerel
2. Alumni News
Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!
News on International Students
NEWS 1: Kyoto University Earns a Solo 1st Place Spot for the First Time in the Japan University Rankings
On March 27, Times Higher Education (THE), published by The Times newspaper in the U.K., released their third “Japan University Rankings” for 2019. This year, for the first time, Kyoto University claimed the 1st place spot on its own. The first ranking had listed the University of Tokyo in 1st place in 2017, and the second in 2018 had had Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo both share the top spot. This ranking system evaluates universities according to four criteria: Resources; Engagement; Outcomes; and Environment, which is based on international outlook. The reason behind the ascension of Kyoto University was their Environment score, which was much higher than other top-ranked universities. Like in the past two rankings, national universities dominated the 1st to 9th places, with Akita International University (public university) as the highest-ranking non-national university, in 10th place.
NEWS 2: METI and JETRO Provide Comprehensive Support Towards the Hiring of Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) announced that they would provide a new comprehensive support program for mid-level and small- to mid-sized companies on their jointly operated “Open for Professionals” web portal, starting in April this year. Companies using the program will receive, through program coordinators, comprehensive support with regards to foreign personnel, including the actual hiring procedures, any problem-solving, the establishment of a suitable working environment, and support to encourage stable employment and job adherence. Companies can register for the program in any of the 47 JETRO offices located in Japan, as well as the JETRO Headquarters in Tokyo and Osaka. There, specialists will establish the content of each program depending on the needs of the company, free of charge. Since April 19, the “Open for Professionals” website has also been posting information towards companies interested in hiring foreign personnel, and in July it will begin posting information about universities, in a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Study Abroad Testimonial
University: Rikkyo University
Major: Business Design Studies Major, Graduate School of Business Design Studies
Year: 2nd year Master’s student
Period of Study: April 2017 to present
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N1
My first contact with Japan was through the Japanese dramas and anime I used to watch on TV all the time as a kid. I’d heard my grandpa, who had experienced the war, saying a few words in Japanese, like “tamago” (egg), “tabako” (cigarette), “arigato” (thank you). So, I kept imagining what it was like in Japan, and I always really wanted to go. That’s the reason why I decided to major in Japanese at my university in Myanmar.
After graduating university, I started working for a Japanese company, and developed a stronger connection to Japan. I also went on two business trips to Japan, made an idea for myself of what kind of country it was, and decided to study abroad here, in the hopes of gaining more knowledge and widening my perspective on the world. Before coming here, I sort of felt that Japanese people were cold, and a bit too strict and rigid with regards to a lot of things. But once I actually got here and started studying and working part-time jobs, I began to realize more and more that this kind of strictness came from a strong sense of responsibility and consideration, so as not to cause trouble for the people around them.
Even though I could speak Japanese, I was anxious whether I’d get used to living here, what with the differences in weather, culture, and more. But the people around me have been very kind, always helping me when I had problems, or giving me really detailed explanations when I didn’t know what something meant, and I’ve been able to live here without issue. What’s left the greatest impression on me in terms of my life in Japan is the service mentality here, and the spirit of “omotenashi” (Japanese-style hospitality). Manners and service etiquette towards customers are practiced the same regardless of the size of the business or the industry. I think this is something that’s very unique to Japan.
What I want to say to those looking to study abroad in Japan is that it’s important to persevere, to not give up. When you first come to Japan, you’ll hit all kinds of walls at first: the difficulty of adapting to another culture, language barriers… To get through it, you’re going to have to believe in yourself and keep moving forward. Another thing I want to say is to study Japanese as much as possible before you get here. If you’re able to communicate in Japanese from the very beginning, you’ll be able to have a much wider network here. I think Japan is an amazing environment to meet people of all different backgrounds, learn about a different culture, and just build up these extraordinary experiences while really growing as a person.
I’m currently studying for my Business Design Studies Major at my graduate school. After graduating, I’m thinking of going to work for a Japanese company. I want to gain work experience in Japan for a few years, then head back to Myanmar to make use of what I’ve learned, and contribute to the service industry in my home country.
List of Japan Alumni Associations
Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home
Tokyo Metropolitan University: Follow-up Research Fellowship for Former International Students
Tokyo Metropolitan University, as part of its follow-up efforts for former international students who received doctoral degrees from the university, is offering these students an opportunity to engage in short-term research at the school. Former international students who are working abroad in the education, research, and/or administration fields may receive support for their travel and accommodation fees, and engage in short-term research at their former research lab. Since the program was established in FY 2016, 22 former international students have returned to conduct research with the support of the university. Tokyo Metropolitan University will continue to bolster the activities of such international students through this and similar efforts in the future.
International Affairs Office, Management Division, Tokyo Metropolitan University
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3. Academic News
Introduction of scholarships, grants, unique activities at particular universities, and more!
Here we introduce you to particular faculties and graduate schools at Japanese universities.
University Profile (as of May 2019)
Name: Hirosaki University
Bunkyo-cho Campus: 1 Bunkyo-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture
Hon-cho Campus: 5 Zaifu-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture / 66-1 Hon-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori Prefecture
Number of Students: Undergraduate: 5,930 / Graduate School: 909
International Students: Undergraduate: 39 / Graduate School: 90
1. Overview of University (History, Mission, etc.)
Hirosaki University is a national university located in the former castle town of Hirosaki City, which is known for its cherry blossoms and apples. It was established in 1949 as a university under the new educational system, and now boasts five faculties, seven graduate schools, two research institutes, and five interdisciplinary research facilities. Under their motto, “Communicating to the World; Creating with Our Community,” Hirosaki University aims to be a central hub of local vitalization, engaging in educational research and local coordination, while also creating innovation and cultivating global personnel capable of solving local issues.
2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments
The Graduate School of Health Sciences offers a “Radiation Medicine Course,” and works in conjunction with the Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine to train high-level educators and researchers in the field of radiation emergencies.
The Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Sciences also offers an “Academic Research Program (Researcher Course)” and “Practical Training Program (Technician Course),” with some of the more specialized subjects offered in quarter increments. The graduate school also conducts robust research/fieldwork on the World Heritage Site, Shirakami-Sanchi.
3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support and Tuition Reduction)
The school offers admission fee and tuition reduction scholarships for international students from partner institutions (foreign universities that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hirosaki University with regards to student exchange), who are entering a Hirosaki University graduate school. The university also offers 50% and 100% tuition exemptions for high-performing undergraduate and graduate school students struggling to pay tuition due to financial difficulties. International students who choose to live in private residences may also receive 10,000 yen per month in support through a school scholarship (if they fulfill the requirements).
4. Other Types of Support for International Students (Employment, International Exchange, etc.)
The Department of International Education & Collaboration Support Office serves as the base of support for international students at Hirosaki University. The Tutor System, in which Japanese tutors provide advice on academics and everyday life, helps ease international students into their new lives in Japan. The school also has a policy, amongst others, in which the university will act as an institutional guarantor for international students looking to move into private residences, and who need a guarantor for their rental agreement. The university also works to encourage international exchange through social events for international students, Japanese students, and local residents, as well as classes on the history and traditional handicrafts of Hiroseki City.
Information about Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.
The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the World (FALIA)
FALIA ESSAY COMPETITION 2019
The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the world is holding an essay competition for international students in areas where life insurance systems are developing. Through the competition, the foundation hopes many countries will gain more interest in finance and insurance systems, and take some steps forward toward the achievement of their vision.
2. Prize Amount:
1st Prize: 500,000 yen (1 recipient)
2nd Prize: 300,000 yen (1 recipient)
3rd Prize: 100,000 yen (Several recipients)
Effort Award: 50,000 yen (Several recipients)
3. Application Requirements:
(1) Must be an undergraduate or a graduate international student living in Japan whose status of residence is “College Student.”
(2) Must be national of a country that sends participants to FALIA seminars. Countries that have sent participants to FALIA include Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, etc.
*For more details, please refer to the FALIA website or inquire directly.
(3) Must still be a student at the time of the award ceremony, and must be able to attend the award ceremony (scheduled to be in January 2020)
(1) Any topic that is relevant to life insurance.
*We expect that many students who study insurance schemes or even those who are unfamiliar with insurance will challenge themselves to enter this competition with their rich imaginations and free ideas. We accept a wide variety of viewpoints and methodological approaches when it comes to the essays.
(2) Language: Japanese or English essays.
5. Application Deadline:
Thursday, September 12, 2019 / 1:00 P.M.
Address: Essay Competition Group, The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the world (FALIA)
401 BELISTA Tower Higashi-Totsuka
91-1 Kawakami-cho, Totsuka-ku, 244-0805 Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
E-mail: essay at mark falia.jp
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Information about International Symposium
International Symposium on Scheduling 2019 (ISS2019)
International symposium on the topic of scheduling as a whole. Researchers and practitioners from both inside and outside of Japan will give their thoughts and share information on the latest in the field of scheduling, and deepen their connections with one another. This ninth installment of the symposium will be held in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture.
Date/Time: Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Location: Kunibiki Messe (Shimane Prefectural Convention Center)
The 4th International Symposium on Process Chemistry 2019 (ISPC 2019)
The 4th International Symposium on Process Chemistry 2019 (ISPC 2019) will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Plenary lectures will be held by Professor Robert H. Grubbs (California Institute of Technology), winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Professor Shu Kobayashi of the University of Tokyo, as well as eight keynote lectures by foreign lecturers, including some from major pharmaceutical companies, and three by Japanese lecturers. With over 150 general presentations and 100 company booths, the symposium will be a great opportunity to socialize and engage in international discourse across companies and even fields (industry and academia).
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 24 to Friday, July 26, 2019
Location: Kyoto International Conference Center (Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture)
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Japanese Language Tests
4. Business News
JASSO provides information about job-search for both current and graduate international students!
Job Hunting Event Information
Events for International Students
Useful Websites for International Students
Job Hunting Report
University: Tokyo Gakugei University
Major: Faculty of Education
Period of Stay in Japan: October 2015 to March 2017
Current Workplace: Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd.
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N2
In my second year of high school I studied abroad in Tokyo, and attended Keimei Gakuen Senior High School for a year. I lived with a host family in Japan, played with and studied alongside my Japanese friends and friends from other countries, and made a lot of really amazing memories. Then I continued studying Japanese after going back to Indonesia, all the way until university.
After graduating university, I went through a variety of jobs and ended up working as a high school Japanese teacher for five years. There were students who liked Japanese anime, manga, or music, students who had previously lived in Japan, students of Japanese descent, and it was really fun to speak in Japanese with them.
Around that time, I started thinking of going abroad for graduate school, and was looking on the Internet for companies, countries, NGO organizations and the like, that would give me a scholarship. One day, I came across the website of the Japanese embassy in Indonesia, and found that they were looking for people that wanted to go to Japan and study for graduate school, train to be teachers, etc.
Because of my age and circumstances, I decided to apply to the teacher training program, and worked my way through a variety of tests and interviews. I was elated when I got in, thinking, “Now I can finally study in Japan.” I sent the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) my list of preferred schools, and they chose Tokyo Gakugei University for me. I spent six months mainly working on my Japanese language skills, and the next spring, started taking classes alongside the other students. There were all kinds of students: students sponsored by MEXT, exchange students, self-financed students… It was such a great learning experience for me to be able to talk with of them, hear about their experiences, and ask them for advice. It was amazing to be able to fulfill my dream from high school.
After my training at university, I went back to Indonesia, and looked for a job in Japan while working as a teacher there. I’d been to a Job Haku job fair while in Japan and met a representative from a Japanese company. I’d introduced myself, and they’d given me their business card. I sent the representative an e-mail, asking them if they knew of any jobs that fit my qualifications, and if so, if they could introduce me to them. A few months later, I got a response, and I sent them my Japanese resume (rirekisho) and the other documents they asked for right away.
Now I work for that company, Kamori Kanko Co., Ltd., which is in Hokkaido. I was really nervous when I took the admissions exam, because I’d never worked for a foreign company before, and I was so happy when I heard I was accepted. I was also worried whether my Japanese language skills were good enough for me to work properly, but I’ve been working my hardest every day, and everyone at my company has been so helpful, that I can feel my Japanese getting better by the day.
My first job was in customer service, working reception at The Westin Rusutsu Resort. And now this spring, my request for transfer was approved, and I’m working as a member of the International Sales Group in the Sapporo office.
I want to work in Japan for as long as possible, so I can experience a variety of things. I love traveling as well, and I’m very lucky to be able to work in the tourism industry, which is relevant to that interest.
My personal motto is, “You don’t know until you try. Just study for it, research about it, and try it out. No one likes to fail, but failure is part of the process.” I hope all of you reading this now keep a firm hold on your goals and dreams, and try your absolute best in the job hunting process.
Job Hunting Information Article
What to Do When Job Hunting Is Not Going Well
If you were unable to receive a provisional offer (nainaitei) by June, you will need to continue your job hunting process into the summer. First, however, you should reflect on what you’ve done so far and see what you need to fix. Take a good look, and determine which step of the process is giving you the most trouble. The entry sheet? The written exam? The first or final interview?
If your entry sheet is getting you rejected
Ask your teachers and friends if they can look through your entry sheets, and see if anything you wrote needs fixing. Does your entry sheet convey what you want it to convey? Does it answer the questions being asked? Is the Japanese grammatically correct? Have multiple people review your entry sheet and make the necessary fixes, and you’ll find that your entry sheet will gradually be accepted by more companies.
If you can’t get through the first interview
This tends to be the case for people who aren’t confident about their Japanese communication skills. They tend to get overwhelmed by the “Japanese” atmosphere of the interview, get too nervous, and end up not being able to speak as coherently as they want to. It’s important in this case that you get used to speaking Japanese without getting nervous. Ask your teachers and friends to do practice interviews with you, and get more comfortable with speaking Japanese.
If you can’t get through the final interview
Most likely, your passion for the job isn’t being conveyed properly to the interviewer. Ask yourself if you’re really communicating how much you want to work for that company. It can be hard, even in your native language, to get your feelings down into words. It’s even harder when it’s in a foreign language. It wouldn’t be excessive to write your feelings down into words, voice them out aloud, and rehearse for when you’ll be expressing them in the interview. Think again about why it is you want to get into that company, organize your thoughts, then head into the final interview.
Reevaluating the industry you’ve chosen
If you’re applying only to a specific industry, there’s a chance that you may not be a good fit for that industry. Think again about why you want to go into that company/industry. Maybe you can do the job you want in a different industry as well. If you find yourself at a loss as to what to do, try applying for companies in other industries, and you may just end up coming across a company that you’re very compatible with. Don’t narrow the field too much, and try to look at other companies as well.
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 June issue looks at Kochi prefecture.
Katsura Beach is located at the mouth of Urado Bay in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, where it meets the Pacific Ocean. The beach is a tourist destination, known for its beautiful scenery, the combination of the green pine trees, five-colored gravel, and the blue of the ocean. Katsura Beach is also known for its bronze statue of Sakamoto Ryoma, a famous Japanese historical figure. Towards the end of the Edo Period, Ryoma took down the Tokugawa Shogunate (government of the Edo Period [1603 to 1868]), and worked to create the new Meiji government. He is still a very popular figure in Japan, as evidenced by the fact that the statue, made in 1928, was funded by donations from fans. Indeed, repairs to the statue in 1999 were funded by donations from all over Japan as well. The area around Katsura Beach also boasts The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, an aquarium, and more, and is frequented by tourists year-round.
Sawachi cuisine is a traditional form of cuisine that has been passed down in Kochi Prefecture through the generations. What would normally be read as “sarahachi” in Japanese is read “sawachi” in this case. Sawachi refers to the kind of plate on which the cuisine is served: plates of about 40 to 50 centimeters in diameter, and somewhere between a shallow plate and a deep bowl in form. Sawachi cuisine is a special form of cuisine that isn’t served on a daily basis, but only on special occasions like weddings and funerals. Because it is served on a large plate, then shared across the entire party, it is said to increase the sense of solidarity in a region. In Kochi Prefecture, a single sawachi dish consists of three parts: a sawachi with sashimi, another with roasted foods, and another with sushi.
6. NIPPON Information
This section features enjoyable stories about pop culture, traditions, dining, cutting-edge technology, and more!
June 16 is Wagashi Day in Japan. The history behind this designation lies in the plague epidemic that ran rampant in Japan during the Heian Period (794 to 1185). On June 16, the emperor at the time, Emperor Ninmyo, had gone to a Shinto altar and prayed for the end of the epidemic, serving these confections as an offering to the gods. The Japan Wagashi Association then designated June 16 to be Wagashi Day in 1979. Nowadays, there are events held throughout Japan on this date, with free wagashi distributed to visitors.
Wagashi refers to traditional Japanese confections. Though there are different theories as to the categorization of wagashi, they are divided predominantly into three types, according to the amount of moisture in them: namagashi (high moisture content), han-namagashi (medium moisture content), and higashi (low moisture content). Namagashi include mochi (rice cakes), manju (dough buns), mizuyokan (azuki jelly), etc.; han-namagashi include monaka (azuki paste sandwiched in wafers), yokan (thick azuki jelly), gyuhi (soft rice cakes), etc.; and higashi include okoshi (flat toasted rice crackers), beika (rice crackers), etc. Unlike Western confections, wagashi tend not to be made with oil, dairy products, etc., and are made mainly with foods from the bean family, like grains, azuki beans, and soy beans, as well as starch and sugar. Particularly important and oft-used in wagashi is an, a sweet bean paste.
In the Muromachi Period (1336 to 1573), foreign confections from Portugal, Spain and Holland like castella cakes, bolos, and konpeito (sugar crystal candy) began making their way into Japan, and gradually came to be considered wagashi in their own right. In fact, prior to the Meiji Era (1868 to 1912), the category of “wagashi” had not even existed in Japan. The term only became necessary when Western culture (and with it, Western confections) came flooding into the country, and there came a need to distinguish the two.
With the influx of Western confections came the birth of Japanese-Western confections like anpan (bread with azuki paste), cream manju (manju with cream inside), and more. In recent years there is even a term, “wa-sweets,” that is used to refer to confections made with a combination of ingredients from wagashi and Western confections. Though there is no set methodology for the production of wa-sweets, the term refers generally to Western confections made with Japanese ingredients (azuki beans, matcha green tea, roasted soybean flour).
Magazines and Brochures from Japanese Government
Providing public relations materials regarding Japan, including culture and sport.
7. JASSO News
Information about JASSO Scholarship programs, invitation programs, Study in Japan Fairs, and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).
Study in Japan Fairs in FY 2019
JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) holds Study in Japan Fairs overseas for high school and university students who wish to study in Japan. It also participates in and assists with events and company briefing sessions held by other organizations.
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 about international students' experiences 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 it in 14 languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese), Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Myanmar language, Bengali, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, German, Mongolian, and Portuguese.
Official Facebook Pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices
JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices also provide the latest information on studying in Japan on our official Facebook pages. Check them out!
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
JASSO Scholarship Programs
- Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students
- Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students
- Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students by Pre-arrival Admission (University Recommenders)
- Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan)
Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”
The June 2019 issue will be published on June 10. Please make sure to read it!
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 with an opportunity to conduct short term research at universities in Japan.
New University Listing(s) this Month:
The University of Kitakyushu
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
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.
Job Hunting Guide for International Students
This guidebook provides a great amount of information for international students looking to job hunt in Japan. This covers everything you need to know, from the preparation process to the entry sheets, tests, changes to statuses of residence, and more, categorized by time period, and in an easy to understand language. It now also includes recruitment information for FY 2020.
8. From the Editor
After we graduated from university in Hokkaido, those of us who had moved to Tokyo decided to all meet up for dinner. They named me to be the organizer. Desperate to impress my friends, who all had very good taste in food, I settled upon a sawachi cuisine restaurant, the cuisine discussed in this issue as the specialty of Kochi Prefecture. The dinner ended up being a massive gathering, with all the families of my former classmates as well, but I remember everyone being very happy with the food that was served, and feeling relieved that the event had been a success. In Japan, there is a tradition of people (even people that don’t know each other very well) coming together to share food out of the same plate or pot, like in these kinds of banquet-style parties with shared food and hot pots, and deepening their relations with one another in this way. It is a very natural thing for us human beings to want to connect with others through food, something that’s essential to our survival. When you come to Japan, make sure to go out and enjoy a meal with your Japanese friends. You’re sure to become closer in the process.
The Japan Alumni eNews Editorial Desk is looking for people who can share their job hunting experience. We also welcome pictures from your life abroad as an exchange student and your comments for our e-mail magazine. Our next issue of Japan Alumni eNews will be distributed on July 10. Don’t miss it!
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