Japan Alumni eNews (Vol. 137)

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 137 September 10, 2020

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 137

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

September in Japan

The September edition of Life in Japan by Photo introduces “September in Japan.”

Rice harvesting

Rice harvesting

Chestnut Picking

Chestnut Picking

Danjiri Festival in Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture

Danjiri Festival in Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture

Spider Lilies

Spider Lilies

2. Alumni News

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

News on International Students

NEWS 1: Japan-Made Supercomputer Ranked No. 1 in the World for Computing Performance, etc.

The supercomputer Fugaku, developed in Japan, was ranked the No. 1 supercomputer in the world with respect to computing performance, etc. These supercomputer rankings were announced on June 22 at the international conference ISC 2020. Development for Fugaku began in 2014 under the purview of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and is still underway today. Since April, MEXT has been utilizing Fugaku in research meant to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. This has already led to a number of results, including, for example, dispersion simulations of the droplets released when a person coughs.

NEWS 2: Japanese Cabinet Approves Basic Plan for The Promotion of Japanese Language Education

In June, the Japanese cabinet approved the “Basic Plan for the Comprehensive and Effective Advancement of Japanese-Language Promotion Policies.” This policy was based on the law to promote language education, which was announced and implemented in June 2019. The plan outlines a basic direction for the promotion of Japanese language education, the details of said promotion, the promotion structure, policy plans, and more, and will be discussed and revised every five years.

NEWS 3: Website Offers Information on the Novel Coronavirus in 16 Languages for Foreign Residents

As of July, the COVID-19 Multilingual Information Portal, which posts coronavirus-related information for foreign residents, including how to keep yourself safe, the public support offered, etc., is available in Nepali. This means it is now offered in a total of 16 languages. The website was created as part of the COVID-19 Multilingual Support Project, staffed mainly by students and alumni from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. It is supported by translation agencies, etc., on a volunteer basis.

Study Abroad Testimonial

Kim Youngwon

Name: Kim Youngwon
Nationality: Korea
University: Kyorin University
Major: Department of Hospitality and Tourism, Faculty of Foreign Studies
Period of Study: February 2017 to June 2018, April 2019 to present
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N1

In 2017, my father began working in Japan on international assignment for a bank. That was when I decided, at my father’s suggestion, to study abroad in Japan and learn Japanese. At first, I was a little uncertain as to whether it would really be useful for me, but as I got better and better at Japanese, I started wanting to make use of the language skills I had acquired, and so I decided to study at a Japanese university.

There are a lot of advantages to studying at Kyorin University. The greatest advantage is that you get to concentrate on your schoolwork in this very peaceful atmosphere, all while maintaining close relationships with the professors and staff. Outside of class, I also participate in things like international exchange events. These sorts of events are a great stress relief, and as I’ve spent more time sharing useful information with my peers and getting to know different cultures, I’ve developed a strong attachment to the university.

I set a goal for myself: to work for the Japan National Tourism Organization after I graduate. I think Korea and Japan need to work together, and have a close relationship. What I want to do is to use the knowledge and expertise I’ve gained during my study abroad to boost the tourism industries in Japan and Korea.

In the past, I worked as operational staff for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, where I also did Japanese interpreting work on the side. And last year, I did two instances of Japanese interpretation work in Tottori Prefecture, after receiving a request from a teacher I had in Korea. These experiences were hugely beneficial for me in terms of broadening my perspective and ways of thinking, and allowing me to learn in a variety of different ways.

Looking back, studying abroad in Japan was a turning point for me. The beginning of a new life. I strongly recommend studying abroad to any student who’s having trouble deciding whether to study in Japan. It truly is a life-changing experience.

Trinh Thi Thao

Name: Trinh Thi Thao
Nationality: Vietnam
University: Yokohama National University
Major: Master’s Program, Department of Architecture and Urban Culture, Institute of Urban Innovation
Period of Study: April 2014 to present
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N1

I was born and raised in Thanh Hoa Province, which is about 150 kilometers away from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Six years ago, a senior of mine told me about Japanese language schools, and how they would allow me to study abroad in Japan, a dream I’ve had since I was a child. So after graduating high school, I studied at a Japanese language school for about eight months, and went to study abroad in Japan.

The first two years I spent in Japan, I spent focusing on studying Japanese, studying for the university entrance exam, and working part-time to pay for living costs and for my tuition at the language school. Later, all my efforts were realized when I got into my top choice school, Yokohama National University.

I’m currently studying transportation and urban planning, and am doing research on how to increase the use of transit buses in Hanoi, the capital of my home country. When I lived in Vietnam, I struggled through traffic almost every day. And so now, living in the Tokyo metropolitan area, which has arguably the most advanced public transportation systems in the world, I feel that difference very starkly. Transportation in a major city shouldn’t be based on things like motorcycles and bikes, but on safe and comfortable public transportation. That’s why my research is focused on transit buses, which right now serve a central role in public transportation in Hanoi, and what we can do to drive transit bus usage in the city.

I think the use of buses would be the first step towards transitioning Vietnam from its bike culture to a culture more oriented around public transportation, and I want to spend my two years in graduate school advancing this research. I will work harder than ever to help realize a transit bus system that’s comfortable, and that will free Hanoi residents from their over-dependence on bikes.

List of Japan Alumni Associations

Support for International Students Job Hunting in Japan and/or Returning Home

Shizuoka University Organization for International Collaboration

Shizuoka University works with The Consortium of Universities & Local Communities in Shizuoka to provide employment support for international students, in coordination with local universities, public organizations, and private companies/organizations. The organization’s Japanese language classes are designed to teach students the basic skills needed for business in Japan, in addition to Japanese language skills, through practical training on Japanese business culture both in and out of the classroom. They provide comprehensive support: for example, hosting social and networking events, and offering a personalized consultation service that zeroes in on the needs of each individual.

Shizuoka Career Development Program For International Students (SCDP)
836 Oya, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka 422-8529
TEL: 054-238-4454
E-mail: ryu-career “at mark” adb.shizuoka.ac.jp
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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.

University of Tsukuba

Scenery of Tsukuba Campus

*As a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there may be changes to the information posted.
Check the home page of the University of Tsukuba website for the latest information.

University Profile (As of May 1, 2020)
Name: University of Tsukuba
Address: 1-1-1- Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki (Tsukuba Campus)
Number of Students: Undergraduate: 9,797 / Graduate School: 6,789
International Students: 2,251

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

International students at their commencement ceremony in the fall

The University of Tsukuba was established in 1973 in Tsukuba Science City, as a university dedicated to the research of a variety of academic fields, from the humanities and sciences to physical education and the arts. It is a new university, with a little over 40 years of history. However, the school’s roots can be traced back to a teacher’s college (a school for training teachers) established in 1872, the very first higher-education institution to be established in Japan. The University of Tsukuba is an “open university” in a variety of ways. Its mission is to offer flexible education/research unrestricted by traditional ways of thinking, and to realize a new university system adapted to the next generation. The school’s future-oriented academic efforts will serve as catalysts for the discovery of new academic fields. The university respects the mentality required to take on new, ever-evolving challenges. This applies also to the realization of the university concept: the internationalization of everyday life and the school’s goal to be a transborder university.

2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Graduate Schools

Students enjoying a cultural exchange event (1)

The University of Tsukuba offers undergraduate and graduate programs that can be completed only in English, as well as a variety of other unique programs, including a doctoral Human Biology program, a doctoral Empowerment Informatics program, a master’s/doctoral Life Science Innovation program, a doctoral Humanics program, and a bachelor’s Japan-Expert program. The University of Tsukuba also provides opportunities for foreign graduates of secondary schools, universities, etc., to transition straight into a bachelor’s program or master’s/doctoral program at the university. For those who wish to work in Japan, Japanese language skills will also be very important. To that end, the school provides a number of services for Japanese language education, with the Center for Education of Global Communication (CEGLOC) offering Japanese language courses in a variety of levels, and subject courses for a variety of skills. The goal is for international students to be able to focus fully on their studies during their time at the university.

3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support, Scholarships, Tuition Reduction, etc.)

Students enjoying a cultural exchange event (2)

The Enrollment Guidebook for International Students, provided by the university, compiles all of the information a prospective international student would need to study abroad at the university. It lists the information necessary for all types of students, from regular students (both the undergraduate and graduate school level) to non-degree research students and credit auditors.

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

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

Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan

Project Name:
Scholarship for Self-Financed Chinese International Students
1. Objective:
Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan provides scholarships and grants in order to encourage student exchange between Japan and China. It is the foundation’s hope that these scholarships and grants will contribute to the advancement of mutual understanding and friendly relations between the countries of Japan and China.
2. Application Requirements:
Applicants must be self-financed Chinese international students (including students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) who, as of April 1, 2021, are 3rd year undergraduate students or above at a Japanese university, or who are students in or about to enter a Japanese graduate school, and who are deemed to require financial assistance as an international student, physically healthy, and academically distinguished.
3. Application Requirements:
Submit the following documents via postal mail.
(1) Application form
(2) Recommendation letter by an academic advisor (must be sealed by the recommender; Japanese only)
(3) Questionnaire
(4) Research proposal
(5) One of the following:
(a) If an undergraduate/graduate school student at time of application: Certificate of enrollment
(b) If entering graduate school in April 2021: Copy of letter of acceptance
(6) Academic transcript
(7) Copy of a residence certificate provided by a municipal office, or a clear and legible copy of your residence card (one or the other)
(8) A copy of your passport
(9) If you have taken the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, Examination for Japanese University Admission, etc.: A copy of a certificate proving your score for the applicable test
(10) A self-addressed envelope
Download documents (1) to (3) on the official Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan website.

4. Application Deadline:
Wednesday, November 20, 2020 (as indicated by the postmark on the envelope)
5. Scholarship Amount:
100,000 yen per month
Cannot be received at the same time as other scholarships of over 50,000 yen per month
6. Scholarship Duration:
1 year, from April 2021 to March 2022 (Repeat provision OK)
7. Contact:
Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan
8-2-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL: 03-3571-7613
FAX: 03-3572-5943
E-mail: info “at mark“ donghua.or.jp
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Information About International Symposium

Bosai Kokutai 2020 (National Disaster Management Festival)

This fifth installment of Bosai Kokutai (National Disaster Management Festival) will be held by online. The event will take place on a special website that will feature a variety of disaster prevention-related organizations throughout Japan. The website will also contain plenty of information about Hiroshima, where the event was originally going to be held. Welcom to participate if you want!

Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 2020 / 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Online)

Introducing Academic Societies

Name: The Japanese Biochemical Society (Science)
Location: Ishikawa Building 3F, 5-25-16 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Number of Members: Regular members: 6,499 / Student members: 670 / Honorary/Lifetime members: 149 / Other: 250 (As of May 31, 2020)
Membership Fee: Regular members: 7,500 yen / Student members: 3,000 yen

1. Overview of Academic Society (History, Mission, etc.)
Established in 1925 as a private organization, before becoming an incorporated association in 1965, and finally a public interest incorporated association in 2012. The association works to advance and propagate biochemistry research, with the goal of driving advancements in academics and culture, and improving the lives of people in Japan.
(1) Hosts academic meetings on biochemistry research
(2) Publishes academic journals and materials that propagate academic information on biochemistry research and related topics
(3) Offers encouragement with respect to biochemistry research, and honors research achievements
(4) Communicates and collaborates with relevant academic organizations both in Japan and overseas
(5) Provides grants for biochemistry research
2. Name of Publication, Frequency, Research Themes, etc.
Seikagaku (Physical/Digital): Published every even-numbered month (every two months)
The Journal of Biochemistry (Physical/Digital): Published every month
3. Academic Conference (Schedule, etc.)
Academic conferences are held once a year around September, for approximately three days. The 2020 conference will be held online from Monday, September 14 to Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

4. Other Efforts (Seminars, Symposiums, etc.)
Branch meetings and branch symposiums (8 branches): Approximately once a year
JBS Biofrontier Symposium (international meeting): Approximately once or twice a year
5. Efforts in Relation to International Students, Foreign Researchers, etc.
The association offers study abroad funds (for student members) through the Osamu Hayaishi Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad, as well as travel fellowships, as an organization under the Federation of National Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Asian and Oceanian Region (FAOBMB), and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). The association has many international student members, and once you register, you can participate in the academic conference and branch meetings.

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

Events for International Students

Useful Websites for International Students

Job Hunting Report

Nguyen Huu Dieu Linh

Name: Nguyen Huu Dieu Linh
Nationality: Vietnam
University: Tokyo Keizai University
Major: Faculty of Communication Studies
Period of Study in Japan : January 2015 to April 2020
Current Workplace: Michael Page International Japan K.K.
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N2

I decided to study abroad in Japan for the following reasons. I’d heard since I was a child that Japan has very advanced science and technology, and that they had very good systems of training. When I was a second-year in high school, I participated in an international exchange event hosted by a Japanese company, and for the first time ever, I spent time with people who weren’t Vietnamese. I was moved by how kind and considerate the Japanese staff were, and how incredible the hospitality was. My image of Japan as this safe, advanced, amazing culture got even better, and I started thinking I wanted to study in Japan. And so after graduating high school, I came to Japan to study Japanese.

After graduating university, I planned to go to graduate school overseas. But then I reconsidered, thinking that after five years of studying in Japan, it would be good for me to work in Japan too, so I could learn through experience and acquire new skills. And so I decided to job hunt in Japan.

In going about the job hunting process, it’s important to really think about what kind of company you want to work for. I personally wanted to find work that would allow me to use both my English and Japanese skills in an international environment. I was also looking for something that would allow me to grow as a person, allowing me to adapt and respond to a variety of situations, so I could learn the differences between business etiquette in Japan and overseas, and learn to solve all kinds of problems. I also made it a point to look for foreign companies, because I wanted to deepen my understanding of other cultures. I looked up companies on the Internet, sent my rirekisho (Japanese resume) to a few of these companies, and interviewed with them.

When you do interviews, it’s important that you be confident. I prepared a list of questions I thought I’d be asked in my interviews, and asked my teachers and seniors for advice on how to respond to them. Nowadays there are all kinds of websites and seminars available for international students who are job hunting, as well as videos that go into detail about Japanese interview etiquette. I used the information I got from these and practiced for the interviews in front of the mirror. I was very anxious at first. But with every interview, I wrote down not only the questions I was asked, but the good and bad of my responses during the interview, and I reflected on and learned from them. I took the feedback I got from interviewers and worked hard so I could perform better at my next interview.

It’s not easy to job hunt in Japan as an international student. You have to really think about what you want to do, what kind of person you want to be. And you have to learn from your mistakes! I also think that if you have something you’re struggling with, you should talk to your friends, teachers, or school staff about it. Don’t give up, stay optimistic, and work hard up until the very end!

Job Hunting Information Article

Types of Jobs in Japanese Companies

Many companies in Japan distinguish between two types of employees in their hiring process: “sogo-shoku” (managerial track), and “ippan-shoku” (regular track). Some companies that do not have ippan-shoku employees may have all sogo-shoku employees. Sogo-shoku is a job type distinct to Japan. Many regular, full-time employees working in Japanese companies are hired as sogo-shoku employees. “Sogo” in Japanese means “comprehensive.” As the naming would suggest, sogo-shoku employees are employees who are expected to take on work in a comprehensive manner, and who have opportunities to go into management in the future. Japanese companies also engage in transfers, wherein employees can be assigned to work in a different location with different work responsibilities. It’s important to be aware that for sogo-shoku employees, these transfers can occur every few years, potentially to areas far away from where they currently work, with moves that can occur within the span of a few weeks, though this depends, of course, on the company as well. In contrast, ippan-shoku employees engage in fixed work, and serve somewhat of a support-type role for sogo-shoku employees. They also, however, will not experience any significant changes in their job description, work location, etc. In recent years, an increasing number of companies are also hiring for what are called chiiki-gentei-shoku (region-limited track). This job type limits the employees’ work location to a specific area. Because the actual job description can include both sogo-shoku and ippan-shoku, however, it’s important to check the details before you apply.

In the “Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2021,” published by the Japan Student Services Organization, we go over the nature of job hunting in Japan, provide explanations on distinct aspects of Japanese business culture, and more. You can download it from the website below, so we recommend you look through that as well.

5. Visit Japan

Introducing regions in Japan with universities, and more! The September issue looks at Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture.

Introducing Cities and Daily Life As a Study Abroad Student

Bird’s-eye view of Kumamoto City

Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto City is a major city with a population of 740,000, located in Kyushu, the southern- and western-most of Japan’s four main islands. Referred to as a “mizu-no-miyako” (city of water) and a “mori-no-miyako” (city of forests) since olden times, it has long been known for its abundance of nature. The city’s groundwater in particular is of excellent quality, and serves as the basis for the city’s production of high-quality agricultural products, from rice to vegetables, fruits, and even livestock. It is one of Kyushu’s major cities, home to many administrative institutions and an array of companies in the food manufacturing industry, semiconductor-related industries, logistics machinery-related industries, and more. Kumamoto Station, the city’s central station, is a stop on the Kyushu Shinkansen, which began operation in 2011. This makes the city highly accessible from the surrounding areas at, for example, only a 40-minute ride from Hakata Station. You’ll also see the famous Kumamoto mascot, Kumamon, in a variety of places throughout the city.

Kumamoto Castle

A famous symbol of Kumamoto City is Kumamoto Castle, which was built approximately 400 years ago. Kumamoto City had actually developed around this castle. Nowadays the area around the castle is home to many public facilities, including Kumamoto City Hall, Kumamoto City Urban Policy Research Institute, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, etc., as well as schools and a large hospital, making it a familiar presence in the lives of many residents.

Kumamoto City has been known since ancient times for its focus on academics. In 1887, the city established an advanced junior high school (*1), the fifth of its kind in Japan. While looking for a location for the new school, the Minister of Education (*2) had been moved by the level of education he had witnessed at a private school in the city, and decided to establish the school in Kumamoto City. Nowadays, the advanced junior high school has become a national university, and the private school has become a prefectural high school. The so-called “Kurokami District” (located northwest of Kumamoto Station, approximately 30 minutes away by train, bus, etc.) where the two schools are located remains a student hangout spot, however, and is constantly crowded with students. The Kurokami District is also home to many student-oriented food establishments, from famous Chinese restaurants to cheap pizza shops, and more. The average rent for the kind of 1R or 1K one-room apartments suited for living on your own is about 35,000 to 45,000 yen for Kumamoto City overall, but tends to be more expensive the closer you get to the station (as of 2020).

*1. Advanced junior high school: A type of school that existed in Japan in the past. Students attended this school before going to university.
*2. Minister of Education: Minister in charge of education. In 2001, the title changed to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

There are currently eight universities and one junior college in Kumamoto City, attended by a total of approximately 23,000 students. Of these, approximately 600 are international students. The Kumamoto City International Foundation provides daily life consultations, Japanese language classes, etc., for foreign residents in Kumamoto City. The city also established the Kumamoto Consultation and Support Plaza for Foreign Residents in September 2019, which provides information on general lifestyle, multilingual consultations, and more.

6. NIPPON Information

This section introduces information on Japan for international students!

Lifestyle Information

Using Banks in Japan
International students will need a bank account in Japan for a variety of purposes, from receiving scholarships, part-time job earnings, etc., to paying tuition.

A woman using an ATM

Most scholarships will be deposited directly into your bank account, and many part-time employers require you to have a bank account to receive your earnings. And though tuition payments can be made through bank transfer, it’s more common for people in Japan to pay tuition through automatic withdrawal from their bank accounts. People also use automatic withdrawal to pay their electricity, water, and gas bills.

Hanko (personal seal) and yokin-tsucho (bank passbook)

Be aware that most banks in Japan require you to have lived in Japan for at least six months before you’re able to open a bank account. You can open a bank account directly at the bank counter, but also through the Internet, the bank’s smartphone app, etc. When opening an account, you’ll need to provide identity verification documents, a “hanko” (personal seal), phone number, etc. Since there are so many different types of identity verification documents, be sure to check what exactly you need in advance on the bank’s website, etc. International students can use their Residence Card as an identity verification document. Hanko are personal seals you can use in place of a signature to verify your identity, and can be made in hanko stores in any city.

Many banks do not offer foreign language support at their counters, and only offer the documents you need to open a bank account in Japanese. It’s good to have a Japanese acquaintance or friend come along with you if you’re unsure about your Japanese. Some schools also provide support services that will help you open a bank account in Japan, so it may be good to consult them as well if you want to open a bank account.

Get to Know Japan

In this section, we will introduce topics on culture, technology, lifestyle, and more in Japan.
This September edition focuses on companies that hire foreigners.

An office with people of various nationalities

Companies that Hire Foreigners
The number of foreigners working in Japanese companies has been increasing every year. The total number of foreign workers in Japan, which was about 500,000 in 2009, tripled by 2019, hitting 1.7 million. The Japanese government is working to promote the hiring of foreigners with specialized skills, knowledge, etc., and companies are becoming more proactive about hiring non-Japanese personnel. In this issue, we’ll look at a few case study collections published by the Japanese government and other organizations, featuring companies that have been actively hiring foreigners. We encourage you to use these as reference when looking for a company you want to work for.

50 Companies that Have Had Success Hiring Skilled Foreign Personnel (2018 / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
Features 50 companies that have had success hiring skilled foreign personnel(*). Introduces information about the companies; the hiring objectives, problem-solving processes, and hiring method for skilled foreign personnel; their upward mobility post-hire; efforts to further establish such personnel in the company; and more.
*Skilled foreign personnel: Foreign personnel who possess high-level skills, knowledge, etc.

Case Studies of Success in Utilizing Foreign Personnel: For Better Collaboration with Foreign Personnel (2016 / Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
A collection of case studies in which companies have had success utilizing foreign personnel. Introduces companies who have made a variety of efforts in that area.

When Utilizing Foreign Female Personnel (2019 / Japan Association for the Advancement of Working Women)
Discusses the current circumstances of foreign female personnel, relevant company case studies, as well as relevant policies, laws/regulations, etc. Features several companies that have had success utilizing foreign female personnel, and introduces their support services, comments from actual foreign female employees, etc.

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 2020

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.

Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, conventional face-to-face events have been canceled and replaced by online events (Study in Japan Online Fairs).

Online events will be held at the following dates:
- Sunday, November 29, 2020 / 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.
- Sunday, December 6, 2020 / 4 P.M. to 7 P.M.
- Saturday, December 12, 2020 / 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.
- Sunday, December 13, 2020 / 2 P.M. to 5 P.M.

Further details to be published soon.

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.

Official Facebook and Instagram 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 September 2020 issue. It will be available on September 10.

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):
Okayama University
University of Tsukuba

Job Hunting Guide for International Students

New Japanese versions

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.

The Japanese version of the “Job Hunting Guide 2021” is now complete, with distribution underway. The Japanese version, along with the other language versions (English, Chinese, and Korean) can be downloaded in PDF form from the following website.

8. From the Editor

In this month’s “News on International Students,” we discussed the Japan-made supercomputer Fugaku. This is the first time in nine years that a Japan-made supercomputer has come in No. 1 in the world rankings, since the supercomputer Kei in 2011. Something I remember seeing on the news that was very striking for me was the row of red supercomputers, all in a line. So I was a little sad to hear that Kei was shut down in 2019. Hearing that Fugaku had been ranked No. 1 (and by a significant margin) in all four performance indices was welcome news amidst what has been a very trying time.

The Japan Alumni eNews Editorial Desk is looking for people who can share their job hunting experiences. We also welcome pictures from your life abroad as an international student, and your comments for our e-mail magazine. Our next issue of Japan Alumni eNews will be released on October 10, 2020. Don’t miss it!

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