Japan Alumni eNews (Vol. 127)

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 127 November 8, 2019

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 127

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)
3. Nationality
4. Name of your school in Japan

November in Japan

The November edition of Life in Japan by Photo introduces works on the theme of “November in Japan.”

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Shichi-Go-San Festival

Shichi-Go-San Festival



Simmered pumpkin

Simmered pumpkin

2. Alumni News

Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!

News on International Students

NEWS 1: Launch of the National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan

On September 1, 2019, National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE) has established the National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan. Its main purpose is to ensure international credibility of qualifications (degrees and titles) obtained through Japanese higher education and to facilitate recognition of foreign education qualifications in Japan. It is established in accordance with the UNESCO’s Tokyo Convention*, which the Japanese government acceded in December 2017. The Tokyo Convention aims to facilitate international mobility of students and academics in higher education in the Asia-Pacific region through mutual and fair recognition of qualifications.
The National Information Center for Academic Recognition Japan provides on its website a list of recognized Japanese higher education institutions, information on Japanese higher education systems and qualifications, links to education systems and qualifications in other countries and regions, Q&A on admission eligibility, etc.
We hope you can make use of this website when you want to know whether you are eligible for admission to higher education institution in Japan, or when you need explanation in English or Japanese about the education and qualification you have received in Japan.

* Tokyo Convention: Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education is commonly known as the Tokyo Convention.

NEWS 2: Hosting of Japan Tent, a program in which international students are invited to Ishikawa Prefecture to experience Japan

Japan Tent is an international exchange event in which international students studying in every region of Japan are invited to Ishikawa Prefecture. This year, Japan Tent was held in 19 municipalities throughout Ishikawa Prefecture, with a focus on the city of Kanazawa. During the week-long program, international students were able to experience real life in Japan by staying with a host family in Ishikawa Prefecture. They also had the opportunity to experience Japanese culture through various events in a fun environment. For example, Kanazawa University held programs in the Japanese martial art jodo (using a cane as a weapon) and craftwork using bamboo.

NEWS 3: Survey of international students on occupational perspectives and job hunting activities

A survey on international students job hunting activities was held for approximately 2,700 international students registered on the Career+ Job Search Activities website in June and July (The survey was held by DISCO Corporation). According to survey results, the largest number of students (48.8%) want to enter employment at Japanese companies in Japan after graduation, which is a significant decrease compared to the previous year’s results (59.2%). Conversely, there was an increase in the number of students seeking employment at foreign-affiliated companies in Japan (from 22.7% to 30.9%). Also, 63.5% of students want to find employment at industry-leading corporations and major companies. This clearly indicates that international students are trending towards larger companies at a rate that exceeds that of Japanese students. The first and second most popular industries in the humanities were trading companies (comprehensive) and the hotel/travel industry. In the sciences, the most popular industries were electronics/electrical machinery and automobiles/transportation equipment. Most students (26.3%) start job hunting activities from April of their fourth year. In total, more than half (53.2%) of students start job hunting activities from March, the month from which corporations are allowed to start recruiting and PR activities. However, the period for starting job hunting activities among international students noticeably lags behind Japanese students, 97.3% of which start before March.

Study Abroad Testimonial

Niken Nabrita

Name: Niken Nabrita
Nationality: Indonesia
University: Digital Hollywood University
Major: Faculty of Digital Communication, Department of Digital Contents
Year: 1st year undergraduate student
Period of Study: April 2019 to present
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N3

I was walking in Edogawa when I realized how I'd never walked so much in a day. Then I looked further back and saw myself walking home from school in my hometown of Surabaya, counting days until I could finally go to Japan. Moved by the stories told in Japanese films such as Tokyo Sonata and All About Lily Chou-Chou, I was 15 when I made the decision to study abroad in Japan. And now I’m 19 and studying film production in Tokyo.

My friends and family knew how nervous I was. I had taken Japanese courses throughout high school but hadn’t had many chances to practice. I was afraid that I couldn’t make conversations with the other students, but I’d forgot that I wouldn’t be alone in this situation.

There are many international students who are also learning. The Japanese students are kind, they don’t hesitate to explain something whenever I don’t understand. And the staffs are helpful when I need certain documents or information.

I like that I can use the school facilities, such as the audio recording room and cameras. As someone who likes to play music and make videos, I feel that my school is supportive of my personal projects. I think such sincerity is something truly admirable about Japanese culture.

Coming to Japan has given me the chance to be independent. I have tried three part-time jobs. One of them was creating and presenting materials for international gatherings. I met students from different countries and had many opportunities to experience cultural exchange.

Studying in Japan gives me so many chances and I believe that with each passing day, I am moving closer to achieving my dream. I thought Tokyo would be lonely, but I have made really good friends despite our different backgrounds. I’m learning a lot not just as a student but as a person. There is not a day I regret my choice to come here. From now on I’d like to make more projects and explore more of what Japan has to offer me.

For those who want to experience it for themselves, I say go for it. Learn the language because it will be very helpful, but the most important thing of all is to have the courage to try and speak. Your efforts will take you wherever you want to go, so always remember to do your best and make the most of each day. Ganbatte!

List of Japan Alumni Associations

Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home

International University of Japan (IUJ)

Alumni Job Hunters Support Services
About 75% of graduates from International University of Japan are international students from 130 countries around the world. We provide a variety of support for graduates who have returned to their native country but seek employment in Japan. For example, we provide job hunting support through employment information sent by e-mail, employment information utilizing LinkedIn, and recruitment information for business partnerships. We also introduce profiles of job hunters.

International University of Japan has 50 alumni associations around the world. Annual meetings of alumni associations in each country are held on a Friday in September. Also, alumni use SNS and other methods to maintain old friendships across national borders.

3. Academic News

Introduction of scholarships, grants, unique activities at particular universities, and more!

Introducing Universities

Here we introduce you to particular faculties and graduate schools at Japanese universities.

The University of Aizu

Campus photographs

University Profile (as of May 2019)
Name: The University of Aizu
Address: Tsuruga, Ikki-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima
Number of Students: 1,270
International Students: 109

1. Overview of University (History, Mission, etc.)

Exchange event for international students

Founded in April 1993, the University of Aizu is a Japanese public university that is headquartered in Tsuruga, Ikki-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. The university was opened as the first university dedicated to computer science engineering in Japan. It features a one-school one-department system with the School of Computer Science and Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Noteworthy facilities include the AI Center and the Research Center for Advanced Information Science and Technology (CAIST). These facilities conduct research and education activities in various fields related to computers. At present, the university has signed research exchange agreements with 53 universities in 14 countries overseas. As part of activities for global ICT education, the university started the ICT Global All-English course from 2016. This course enables students to graduate by taking only English-language classes.

2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments

School of Computer Science and Engineering / Graduate School of Computer Science and Engineering:
The University of Aizu has a curriculum which incorporates international standards and offers learning opportunities in five specialized fields (computer science, computer systems, computer network systems, applied information engineering, and software engineering).

Characteristics of the University of Aizu:
- Educational environment where students can use cutting-edge computers 24 hours a day; extensive education in the English language.
- 40% of faculty are international instructors; top-class research is conducted on a global level.
- Provides and supports opportunities for international exchange and domestic/overseas training.
- Offers various subjects such as venture experience workshops and extracurricular projects.

3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support and Tuition Reduction)

The University of Aizu has been selected for the Super Global University Project operated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The number of international students accepted at the university is increasing due to initiatives such as recruitment activities for international students, educational exchange with overseas partner universities, the ICT Global All-English course, and Dual Degree Programs. International students are provided with campus dormitories where they can live together with Japanese students, and various scholarship systems are also available. The university also has buddy program in which new international students are paired with a Japanese student who helps them quickly adjust to university life. If international students are experiencing difficulties with their studies, staff at Global Office for Learning Support is ready to assist in English.

4. Other Types of Support for International Students (Employment, International Exchange, etc.)

International students participate in international exchange activities such as welcome parties, international discussions, and global lounges. Furthermore, by participating in local events and university-sponsored activities, international students can interact with local people and experience Japanese culture. Japanese language classes and Japanese language training are held so that students can lead a safe and independent life in Japan. The university also holds training on Japanese corporate culture and language used in Japanese business. In addition, the university has opened a domestic internship course with training at Japanese companies. Participating in internships in Japan helps international students shape their career after graduation.

Information about Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.

The Tojuro Iijima Foundation for Food Science and Technology (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

Project Name:
2019 International Student Research Grant
Eligible Students:
International students who conduct research related to food science, etc., in a field designated by the Foundation. The research grant will be issued to the supervising instructor of the international students based on application by the supervising instructor.
Application Requirements :
International students who satisfy all of the following requirements.
1. International students who are citizens of China, Taiwan, South Korea, ASEAN countries, or other Asian countries, and who are studying in Japan.
2. Graduate students (equivalent to a PhD program) majoring in a research field designated by the Foundation.
This includes international students who will enter a PhD program by April 2020.
3. International students who are under 40 years of age on April 1, 2020.
4. The international student must be recommended by the head of the institution (equivalent to a graduate school or higher) to which the supervising instructor of the international student is affiliated. The maximum number of recommendations by organizational heads is two.
5. The international student has not received this grant in the past.
6. Duplicate applications cannot be made with other grants operated by the Foundation. Additionally, there must be no overlapping grants with other private research grants.
Application Deadline:
Applications must be received by Friday, November 29, 2019
Grant Amount:
Within 1 million yen per grant (the Foundation plans to issue 8 grants)
Application Method:
Download the application form from the Foundation's website. Fill in the necessary information and send it directly to the Foundation.
Grant Issuance Method:
Grants will be issued after holding a presentation ceremony (scheduled for April 2020)

The Tojuro Iijima Foundation for Food Science and Technology (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
Sunplaza 35 Building, 6F
1-9-2 Ichikawa, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba
TEL: 047-323-5580
FAX: 047-323-6400
E-mail: info at mark iijima-kinenzaidan.or.jp
*Please convert “at mark” to “@” when you send an e-mail.

Information about International Symposium

JIRCAS International Symposium 2019

The Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) plays a central role in international contribution and collaboration for research fields in Japanese agriculture, forestry and fisheries. JIRCAS contributes to the achievement of SDGs through international joint research, collaboration and cooperation. JIRCAS is working to solve various problems in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries in developing regions. It also conducts international joint research projects for preventing/exterminating transboundary pests in tropical regions and areas with poor environments.

From the perspective of contributing to SDGs that solve global issues, the symposium explores effective forms of cooperation in international research by facilitating lectures and discussions among experts and researchers who are active at the forefront of fields related to transboundary pests in plants.

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Venue: Tsukuba International Conference Center (2-20-3 Takezono, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki)

Academic Societies

Japanese Language Tests

4. Business News

JASSO provides information about job-search for both current and graduate international students!

Information About Job Hunting Related Events

Job Hunting Event Information

Events for International Students

Useful Websites for International Students

Job Hunting Report

Choi Minkang

Name: Choi Minkang
Nationality: South Korea
University: Keio University
Major: Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics
Period of Stay in Japan: April 2013 to March 2019
Current Workplace: NTT DATA Corporation
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N1

I was born and raised in the countryside. As a result, from a young age, I had the pure desire to broaden my perspective and perform on a global scale. When I was in elementary school, I traveled to Japan for the first time and participated in a homestay program in Kumamoto. This experience caused me to develop an intense interest in Japanese culture and the Japanese language, and eventually led me to study abroad in Japan.

After graduating from university, there was a time when it was extremely difficult for me to decide between finding a job or entering graduate school. Initially, I had decided to enroll at graduate school because I had a strong intention to be involved in academics. However, after doing internships at several companies during the summer, I ultimately decided to search for a job. I made this decision because I wanted to expand my career and field of activity with a broader world view. I decided to search for employment in Japan because there were many opportunities to fully utilize the experience in networks and information that I gained during my four years of foreign study.

While hunting for a job, I found logic and conciseness to be most important. Looking back upon my four-year stay in Japan as an international student, there were times when I encountered difficulties because the other party misunderstood what I was attempting to convey. At such times, I focused on briefly stating my conclusion and explaining the basis for my ideas. Instead of being verbose, I focused on the quality of what I was trying to convey. Similarly, logic and conciseness are extremely important aspects of communication when hunting for a job. This is especially true when considering the position of corporate recruiters who must assess numerous candidates in a limited amount of time. In terms of my personal experience, I received the following feedback from human resources personnel at corporations which gave me an unofficial employment offer: “We decided to hire you because you are an excellent communicator. You conveyed your ideas clearly and with correct logic, without being unnecessarily wordy.”

Two things which I noticed when creating entry sheets (ES) is the need to be aware of time and to act logically/consistently. Job hunting is an extremely busy period for students. Personally, due to participating in countless briefings and seminars, I missed the submission deadline for some ES. There were also many times when I reused the ES of other companies, which resulted in me submitting the wrong contents. When faced with such time constraints, it is very difficult to perform both company analysis and self-analysis while also collecting information. Consequently, I believe that it is important to begin collecting information and managing your schedule as soon as possible. This will protect you against lost opportunity and ensure that you can submit high quality ES.

My advice for students who will start job hunting activities in Japan is to control your emotions. I can remember times when my emotions made it extremely difficult for me to seriously consider prospective companies and my own future career. I was too easily prone to uneasiness or unfounded elation. For example, I felt anxious upon hearing that a friend had received an unofficial offer. I became depressed after being rejected via e-mail by my first choice. Also, I became unreasonably excited about my prospects at a certain company after receiving a request for a special premium interview (despite not fully understanding the details of the interview). Younger students who are about to embark on job hunting activities are sure to experience this kind of trouble. For this reason, I believe that the most important thing is to solidify your own criteria and strategy before starting to look for a job.

I aspire to start my own company in the future, although I have not yet decided on the business model. I hope to provide the world with innovative services by utilizing IT based on my work experience in digital planning, which is currently my area of responsibility at NTT DATA.

Job Hunting Information Article

Industry Research, Corporate Research, and Visits to Alumni

Conducting research on industries and companies is one important form of preparation for job hunting. Researching industries and companies will enable you to determine which industries and companies you are interested in, as well as whether those industries and companies are likely to match your own personal characteristics. By determining which you are interested in at an early stage, you can investigate the recruitment trends and devise necessary countermeasures. For example, you can find out what kind of written examination is conducted by the company, as well as what kind of questions are asked on entry sheets and in interviews.

We recommend the following flow when researching industries: (1) find out what industries exist; (2) select the industries which interest you, and then investigate industry characteristics and corporations; and (3) examine peripheral industries (industries in which business transactions are done) around the industries which interest you. For example, the cosmetics industry includes many corporations such as cosmetics manufacturers, as well as a wholesale industry which imports raw materials and supplies products to stores. In addition, there are numerous peripheral industries such as a retail industry selling cosmetics (drugstores, convenience stores, etc.), a distribution industry that transports products to retailers, an advertising industry which informs consumers of goods, and an IT industry that sells products on the internet. As you can see, employees in the cosmetics industry will cooperate with a variety of other industries during their work.

To continue, we recommend the following flow when researching corporations: (4) select corporations that you are interested in from among industries which you have already researched; (5) investigate what products and services are handled, the identity of customers (partner to whom products are sold), the corporate strengths and characteristics, what kind of people work at the corporation, and what kind of workplace atmosphere exists; and (6) investigate competitor corporations.

In this way, understanding the other party (=prospective corporations) and devising measures in accordance with the other party are important elements of job hunting. However, not all information can be gleaned from websites or books; there is some information which can only be obtained by talking to people who work in the industry or company. Even in the same industry, different corporations have different corporate cultures (work methods, etc.). A frequent part of job hunting in Japan is visiting alumni. In these visits, students contact alumni of their university who now belong to the industry or corporation which is of interest for job hunting. This makes it possible to listen to the actual experiences of other people.

There are several different ways to search for an alumni who will accept visits: (1) receive an introduction from an organization such as your school or career center, (2) receive an introduction from a company, or (3) receive an introduction from acquaintances such as members at school clubs or coworkers at part-time jobs.

Many companies are making efforts to accept visits to alumni, as this will lead to an improved image for that company and industry. Since these visits are a point of contact between corporations and students, some companies view the visits as another criterion for selecting prospective employees. For example, contents of the interview held during the visit may be shared with the recruiting department. Be sure to prepare your questions in advance, express your gratitude to the other party for taking the time to meet with you, and actively utilize the opportunity to meet with alumni.

5. Visit Japan

Introducing regions with universities and other attractions from throughout Japan! In the November issue, we feature the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.

Introducing Cities and Daily Life As a Study Abroad Student

Neighborhood scene in Kanazawa

Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture

The city of Kanazawa is located approximately in the center of Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa is a prosperous tourist city with numerous attractions such as Kenroku-en Garden. With nine universities and junior colleges, it is also a university city where approximately 19,000 students go to school.
Originally, Kanazawa flourished as a castle town of Kanazawa Castle during the Edo Period. Today, it remains a central city in the Hokuriku region. Kanazawa possesses a wide range of living infrastructure such as restaurants and retail stores, as well as many opportunities for recreation. This environment makes the city a great place to live and, on top of that, living expenses in Kanazawa are very reasonable. For example, rent for single-occupant apartments (one-room apartments and one-room apartments with an attached kitchen) ranges from about 40,000 to 50,000 yen.

In the city of Kanazawa, many universities and junior colleges are located in the area south of Kanazawa Station. This area is a bustling student town. In particular, the Korinbo and Katamachi neighborhoods located about 1.5 kilometers south of Kanazawa Station have many large shopping malls, restaurants and cafes, and general stores. These vibrant neighborhoods are always full of students and families. The south side of Kanazawa Station also has many tourist attractions where you can experience the true Japan. Kenroku-en Garden is famous throughout the world as an expansive and beautiful Japanese garden. Other attractions include Kanazawa Castle Park, which is built on the former site of Kanazawa Castle, and Chayagai, an area which prospered as the castle town of Kanazawa Castle and still retains a traditional atmosphere even today.

Both JR and Hokuriku Railroad operate a railway line in the city of Kanazawa. The city also has a number of bus routes centered on Kanazawa Station.
In March 2015, the Hokuriku Shinkansen was opened to connect Kanazawa Station and Tokyo Station. This enables railway passengers to travel from Kanazawa to Tokyo in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Additionally, a limited express train connects Kanazawa Station to Kyoto Station in a little over 2 hours.

More than 1,000 international students are enrolled at universities and junior colleges in Kanazawa. The city operates programs to support international students, including exchange events, cultural experience events, and guidance on daily living for new international students. In terms of employment for international students after graduation, 50 to 60 international students find employment at companies in Ishikawa Prefecture every year, 50 to 60 international students in neighboring Toyama Prefecture, and 20 to 30 international students in Fukui Prefecture. In 2017, a support program named Hokuriku-Shinshu Employment Promotion Program for International Students was started for international students in the Hokuriku and Shinshu regions, including Ishikawa Prefecture. The program provides support such as education on Japanese business language, career education, and internships.

Kenroku-en Garden

Kenroku-en Garden is the most visited spot in Kanazawa. Originally, Kenroku-en was a private garden created in 1676 by Tsunanori Maeda, who was a prominent figure in the region. Opened to the public in 1874, Kenroku-en is now a popular spot visited by about 2.7 million people annually.
Kanazawa is also famous for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. This museum focuses on collecting contemporary art and displays works such as Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich. In addition, Kanazawa Umimirai Library, which opened in 2011, is famous for its distinctive exterior created by three types of large and small round windows arranged in a polka dot pattern. The library has won various awards in fields such as architecture and design, making it a popular attraction in the city of Kanazawa.
It can be said that the greatest appeal of Kanazawa is how it combines both the historical and contemporary contents of Japan.

6. NIPPON Information

This section introduces information on Japan for international students!

Lifestyle Information

Meal Ticket Vending Machines

Meal Ticket Vending Machines

More than any other country, Japan is full of vending machines. Vending machines selling products such as soft drinks are found throughout offices, railway stations, and neighborhood streets. In addition to soft drinks, the machines sell many varieties of products such as sweets, bread, cigarettes, magazines, newspapers, extracted coffee, and hot foods. Even when eating out, there are many city restaurants where you buy a meal ticket from a vending machine and then exchange the ticket for your meal. However, many people are unsure of how to use these meal ticket vending machines when they visit Japan.

Meal ticket vending machines are located in relatively reasonably-priced restaurants, cafeterias, and food courts which features fast service and are frequented by students and office workers. Examples include chain restaurants and food courts located in highway rest areas. These facilities usually serve foods such as noodles (ramen, soba, udon), beef bowls, and Japanese curry. Conversely, meal ticket vending machines are rarely placed in Japanese pubs, family-style restaurants, cafes, and other places where diners enjoy leisurely meals while ordering additional dishes.

If a vending machine is located near the entrance of a restaurant, you can tell that the restaurant uses a meal ticket system. In such cases, you should buy a meal ticket from the vending machine before sitting down. However, many foreign visitors have trouble using meal ticket vending machines. This is because most of the vending machines only have Japanese product names (food names) and prices written on the buttons. For someone visiting a restaurant for the first time, it can be difficult to choose foods simply by looking at the product names. In addition, since most restaurants only have one or two vending machines, other customers may start to line up behind you while you struggle to decide on your order.

Therefore, before heading to the meal ticket vending machine, we recommend that you check the name of the dish which you want to eat by looking at the photo menu and food samples in the restaurant. Recently, an increasing number of restaurants now display photos of food and English product names on buttons. This makes ordering much easier for people who are not familiar with the Japanese language. Some touch-panel vending machines even have a function to switch the menu language to English or Chinese. If you are still having trouble ordering, please ask a member of the restaurant staff.

After purchasing a meal ticket from the vending machine, give your ticket to a member of the restaurant staff. Some meal tickets can be ripped in half, so the staff member will return the stub to you. Do not throw away your stub until you have received your food. The staff member who brings your food will look at the stub to check that it matches the order. For some people, it may seem strange to leave a restaurant after eating without first going to the cash register, but this is customary at restaurants which use a meal ticket system. Before leaving the restaurant, thank the staff members for your meal by saying “gochisosama deshita”!

Get to Know Japan

This section introduces culture, technology, daily life, and other topics related to Japan. The November issue discusses high-speed railways which are one of the leading technical fields in Japan.


Shinkansen and Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMaglev)

The shinkansen (bullet train) was world's first high-speed railway. It began operation 55 years ago on October 1, 1964, connecting between Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station. At that time, Japan was in the midst of a period of high economic growth and the country was enjoying significant growth in various fields. As the world's first high-speed railroad, the shinkansen was a marvel that became a symbol of Japanese science and technology.

In 1964, the maximum speed of the shinkansen was 210 km/h. This was approximately twice as fast as the Limited Express Kodama, a train which had a maximum speed of 110km/h and ran between Tokyo and Osaka until just before the start of shinkansen service. The decreased travel time enabled people to spend more time working and engaging in leisure activities. These lifestyle changes further spurred the economic growth in Japan.

Comparison of Speed for Shinkansen and SCMaglev

Even after service began in 1964, shinkansen technology continued to develop. The maximum speed has increased from 210 km/h in 1964 to 300 km/h in 2019. However, shinkansen technology is much more than simply pursuing faster speeds. Safety is given priority in shinkansen technology because it is a form of transportation for passengers, not cargo, and because Japan is an earthquake-prone country. For example, the shinkansen has a system called the Early Earthquake Warning system. In this system, seismometers installed in various regions throughout Japan detect the initial tremor of an earthquake and emergency stop operations for the shinkansen are performed automatically. When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, there were 27 shinkansen trains running in the Tohoku region. However, all of the trains stopped running due to the normal operation of the Early Earthquake Warning system, which succeeded in preventing any deaths or injuries.

As of 2019, the SCMaglev is being developed as a new high-speed railway that exceeds the shinkansen. SCMaglev is a linear motor railway car that uses a superconducting magnet. Although commercial use of linear motor railway cars has already been realized in countries around the world, practical use of superconducting linear motor cars has yet to be achieved in any country.

The SCMaglev being developed in Japan is planned to operate at a maximum speed of 500 km/h. However, a speed of 603 km/h was recorded during a driving test conducted in 2015. This was the world record for the highest speed of manned driving. Yet, despite being capable of running at 603 km/h, the speed is kept to 500 km/h in order to ensure safety. Furthermore, to ensure safety, the body of SCMaglev railway cars are raised 10 centimeters off of the rail. Therefore, even if an earthquake occurs during driving, contact between the railway car body and the rail is reduced as much as possible.

Unfortunately, test rides for the SCMaglev will be suspended from October 2019 due to improvements being made to railway cars used in the test. However, the Yamanashi Prefectural SCMaglev and Railway Park exhibits the 0 Series shinkansen, which has been used since operation started in 1964, as well as the actual test railway cars used for the SCMaglev. During your visit to Japan, please be sure to check out the symbols of Japanese science and technology that have made history for being the fastest in the world.

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

Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”

Please read the November 2019 issue, which will be available on November 11.

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.

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.

New University Listing(s) This Month:
Kumamoto University

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.

8. From the Editor

The coming of November means that temperatures have fallen drastically and hot dishes now make the perfect meal. From autumn to winter, Japanese people often eat nabe (hot pot) dishes, which are one of the most popular types of hot cuisine in Japan. Although hot pot dishes are eaten in various countries around the world, many of the nabe dishes eaten in Japan feature special local ingredients. For example, a specialty of Hokkaido Prefecture is ishikari nabe a hot pot meal made by simmering salmon fillets with miso. Akita Prefecture has kiritanpo nabe, which consists of rice sticks simmered in a chicken broth soup. In Tokyo, people eat dojo nabe, which is made by simmering a whole sand loach (a type of fish) in a hot pot. Fuguchiri nabe is eaten in Yamaguchi Prefecture and contains generous amounts of pufferfish, a specialty of the prefecture. Fukuoka Prefecture is famous for its motsu nabe, which uses beef tripe as the main ingredient. This winter, how about traveling throughout Japan and sampling the many special types of regional nabe dishes? It is an enjoyable way to savor the local flavors of Japanese cuisine.

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