Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 112 August 10, 2018

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 112

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 words or less)
2. Name (katakana and alphabet)
3. Nationality
4. Name of your school in Japan

August of Japan

The theme of the August issue is photos that show August in Japan.

Watermelon

Watermelon

Bon Odori dance

Bon Odori dance

Sunflower

Sunflower

Sparklers

Sparklers

2. Alumni News

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

News on International Students

The number of foreign visitors to Japan exceeded 10 million at the fastest pace ever

This May, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announced that the total number of foreign visitors to Japan from January to April 2018 was 10,519,000, exceeding 10 million at the fastest pace in history. The number of foreign visitors in April was 2,901,000, a 12.5% increase over the same month in the previous year. This was also the highest number of foreign visitors in any one month in history. Furthermore, in June, it was announced that the number of foreign visitors in May was 2,675,000, a 16.6% increase over the same month in the previous year. Indeed, the speed of increase shows no signs of slowing down. According to the JNTO, the growth in both April and May can be attributed to an increase in the number of airline seats on new and expanded airline route services, as well as to the operation of chartered flights. Another factor is the success of campaigns promoting springtime travel to Japan in various markets.

Introduction of Current International Students

Shrestha Sarita

Name: Shrestha Sarita
Nationality: Nepal
University: Kindai University
Major: Faculty of Pharmacy
Year: 4th year
Period of Stay in Japan: From April 2013 to present
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2

During my second year in high school, I transferred to a Japanese high school in order to study Japanese. After graduating from high school, I decided to enter the Faculty of Pharmacy at Kindai University. I made this decision based on my interest in natural kampo (traditional Chinese herbal medicine) and forms of natural drugs used in traditional medicine.

Upon arriving in Japan, I was most impressed by the punctuality of Japanese people. I was surprised at how Japanese people always arrived earlier than the scheduled time, regardless of where they were going.

Currently, I am in my fourth year at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Kindai University. Since last October, I have been affiliated with a laboratory involved in exploratory research for bioactive constituents in herbal medicine, Western herbs, and other natural ingredients used in kampo. The laboratory also analyzes the chemical structures and action mechanisms of those ingredients. I am now working on my graduate research.

My future goal is to find work which enables me to utilize the specialized knowledge and skills which I have learned at university in Japan in order to contribute to medicine and human health. After finishing graduate school, I hope to work at a Japanese pharmaceutical company so as to gain experience as a working professional. Afterwards, I plan on returning to Nepal to contribute to the growth of medicine and economics in my native country as a researcher capable of developing pharmaceuticals and functional food products.

My advice to younger students who are considering studying abroad in Japan is to study the Japanese language and culture before coming to Japan. It is important to study in advance in order to ensure a smoother lifestyle after coming to Japan. Moreover, after arriving in Japan, you will have to handle all aspects of life by yourself. Accordingly, it is important to refine your communication ability prior to coming to Japan.

List of Japan Alumni Associations

Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home

Vietnamese Aichi Ryugakusei OB-OG Network (VARONET), Aichi Prefecture

In March 2008, Vietnam became the first country to enter an agreement on economic exchange with Aichi Prefecture. In November 2010, an inaugural meeting was held in Hanoi to mark the start of the Vietnamese Aichi Ryugakusei OB-OG Network (VARONET). VARONET seeks to hold personnel exchange activities and to construct a network of Vietnamese OB (literally, “Old Boy”; Japanese term referring to male alumni) and OG (“Old Girl”; referring to female alumni) who once studied at universities and other institutions in Aichi Prefecture and now work in Vietnam. VARONET hopes to make the Vietnamese alumni a bridge between Aichi Prefecture and Vietnam.

In addition to an office in Nagoya, VARONET has also established branch offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. From fiscal 2011, Aichi Prefecture began outsourcing work to VARONET. Currently, about 80 members in both countries hold exchange sessions in Vietnam between VARONET and Japanese corporations seeking to enter Vietnam. Members also introduce Aichi Prefecture and VARONET activities to students in Vietnam. In Aichi Prefecture, members hold exchange sessions between parties including Vietnamese students planning on returning to Vietnam, Japanese corporations entering Vietnam, and Aichi Prefecture.

Moving forward, VARONET will continue to support corporations seeking to enter Vietnam from Aichi Prefecture and Vietnamese foreign students wishing to enter universities in Aichi Prefecture. VARONET is recommended for Vietnamese students currently studying at universities and other institutions in Aichi Prefecture and to former students who have returned to Vietnam after studying in Aichi Prefecture.

3. Academic News

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

Introduction of Faculties/Graduate Schools

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

Kyorin University

Group photograph in yukata

University Profile
Name: Kyorin University
Address:
Main Campus: 6-20-2, Shinkawa, Mitaka City, Tokyo
Inokashira Campus: 5-4-1, Shimorenjaku, Mitaka City, Tokyo
Number of students: Undergraduate: 5,103 / Graduate School: 149 (as of May 1, 2018)
International students: Undergraduate: 18 / Graduate School: 43 / Exchange students/international students assigned to affiliated schools: 25 (as of May 1, 2018)

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

Group photograph

Kyorin University started in 1966 as Kyorin Junior College. Currently, it is a comprehensive university consisting of four faculties: the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Foreign Studies. The campus is located amidst the rich greenery of the Musashino district of Mitaka City, close to downtown Tokyo.

The founding spirit of Kyorin University is the Pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The university “pursues Truth through serious study and inquiry into the true nature and principles of our world,” “pursues Goodness by nurturing empathy and a desire to serve humanity,” and “pursues Beauty by a self-regulated way of life that merges with a deep respect for others, and by cultivating an openness and sensitivity to that which is beautiful.” The educational philosophy of Kyorin University is to nurture international professionals dedicated to helping others and serving society.

2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments

The Faculty of Foreign Studies consists of three departments: the Department of English, the Department of Chinese Communication, and the Department of Hospitality and Tourism.
The atmosphere at the faculty can be simply expressed as “My Family.” The faculty is unique for the close relationship between instructors and students, as well as extensive support.
When hearing the phrase “Faculty of Foreign Studies,” what comes to mind? Perhaps you consider it a place for studying foreign languages? Of course, developing skills for speaking and understanding foreign languages is one aim. However, the most important goal at our Faculty is to foster an understanding for the true nature of communication. Based on our unique educational program, the Faculty of Foreign Studies explores the infinite possibilities of communication.

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

The Kyorin University Scholarship is a scholarship for students who are enrolled at faculties or graduate schools and who possess outstanding character, academic performance, and a passion for learning, yet face economic circumstances which make it difficult to pay tuition fees, etc. Furthermore, the system provides international students with opportunities for on-campus part-time work, thus providing a chance to experience Japanese society in addition to monetary support.

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

Twice per year, Kyorin University holds an International Exchange Gathering in order to promote exchange among international and Japanese students. Each gathering features a unique theme-based atmosphere related to the time of year; for example, students learn how to dress in yukata in summer and take part in a tea ceremony in winter. The gatherings are always extremely popular among students. In autumn, a bus tour is organized as a form of off-campus training. Normally, it would be difficult for international students to visit some places on these tours by themselves, but now they have an opportunity to go together with Japanese students.
Employment support at Kyorin University uses a face-to-face approach which is tailored to each individual student. The university enhances employment abilities through job hunting guidance and study groups for international student employment activities, which are aimed at students who seek employment at private Japanese corporations.

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

Yanmar Agri Japan Co., Ltd.

Project Name
29th Yanmar Essay Contest for Students
1. Summary:
Based on the points listed in the theme and application requirements, please write about “pioneering challenges” with dreams and hopes for agriculture in the 21st century. Please write logically to propose unique structures from various fields in which you learn or conduct research; for example, natural sciences, agricultural management, agricultural production technology, agricultural chemistry, agricultural models (cities, mesomountainous regions, large-scale plains, and coastal areas), new business models, logistics, education, and ICT. Also, write logically on the processes, methods, etc., used for achieving those structures.
2. Eligibility:
Individuals who meet the following requirements as of September 30, 2018
(1) Affiliation
The individual most be enrolled at one of the following institutions
- University
- Graduate school
- Junior college
- Agricultural college
- Agricultural junior college
- Vocational college
*Japanese students studying abroad or international students studying in Japan are also accepted (regardless of nationality)
(2) Age
30 years old and younger
*However, 35 years old and younger for international students (individuals not of Japanese nationality) from overseas
(3) Prerequisites
・Submissions must be the work of the applicant and must be unpublished
*Application is not possible if the same work is being published (submitted) in another venue
・Joint writing by groups is possible
・Submission is not possible by past winners in the Essay Division
・Submission is not possible by past winners in the Composition Division
3. Theme:
Developing agriculture into “food and agricultural production”
4. Paper Requirements:
(1) Language
Japanese
(2) Number of characters
The total number of characters in the main text must be at least 8,000 characters and up to 12,000 characters
(3) Writing materials
Use a word processing software (Microsoft Word, etc.)
(4) Submitted documents
(A) Application form
Enter the required information in the application form on the website
(B) Abstract
Write an abstract within 1,200 characters horizontally on one sheet of vertical A4 paper
(C) Essay work
Save (a) to (d) below in one document file and label as “Essay_(Your Name)”
(a) Table of contents (b) Main text (c) Tables, photographs, etc. (d) Reference literature
5. Application method:
Upload the files for the submission documents (B) and (C) above to the application website
6. Application deadline:

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, September 30, 2018
7. Awards:
Grand Prize: Prize money (1,000,000 yen), award certificate, and commemorative gift: 1 winner
Special Excellence Prize: Prize money (300,000 yen), award certificate, and commemorative gift: 2 winners
Excellence Prize: Prize money (100,000 yen), award certificate, and commemorative gift: 10 winners
8. Contact:
Yanmar Agri Japan Co., Ltd.
Secretariat for the Essay Contest for Students/Composition Acceptance (in the Business Planning Department)
Umeda Gate Tower, 1-9 Tsurunocho, Kita-ku, 530-0014 Osaka
TEL: 0120-376-530
Hours: Weekdays from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (excludes Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and company holidays)
E-mail: ronbun at mark yanmar.com
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Shoko Research Institute

Project Name
32nd (FY 2018) Award for Studies on Small Businesses (application)
1. Summary:
The awards are held as part of activities to support studies and research on small businesses.
2. Theme:
Select one theme from the following four themes.
(1) Industrial Division
(A) Strategy for development of small businesses through the utilization of regional resources
(B) Addressing labor shortage and improving productivity at small businesses
(2) Financial Division
(A) Support for main businesses from financial institutions as required from small businesses
(B) Risk money supply and credit guarantee systems in small business financing
3. Eligibility:
Open to students, individuals involved in work at small businesses, and any other individual who is interested in issues related to small businesses and small business financing. Group applications are also possible. However, applications are closed to researchers (including graduate students in doctoral programs) in fields such as economics, management, and financing.
4. Awards:
Prize money: 300,000 yen (up to five winners).
*If there are particularly outstanding works, a special monetary prize of 500,000 yen will be awarded (up to two winners).
*A monetary prize of 150,000 yen will be awarded to other works worthy of the main prize.
5. Application period:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 to Monday, October 15, 2018
(By postal mail: Valid when postmarked by the deadline; E-mail: Valid when received by the deadline)
6. Announcement:
Winners are scheduled to be announced on the Shoko Research Institute website and in The Nikkei newspaper on Friday, February 15, 2019. Winners will also be contacted individually. Also, winners and award-winning works will be printed in the March 2019 issue of Shoko Kinyu, a journal published by the Shoko Research Institute.
7. Application rules:
- Submitted works must be written in Japanese and unpublished.
- Summarize the submission in the following order: application form, abstract, table of contents, main text, and reference literature. Also, please number all of the pages in sequential order.
- For the application form, use the format specified on the Shoko Research Institute website. Please enter the selected theme, etc.
- Please create an abstract of approximately 800 words and a table of contents.
- The main text must be written on 8 to 10 sheets (9,600 to 12,000 characters) of horizontal A4 paper (this number of sheets does not include the application form, abstract, table of contents, tables, or reference literature). When quoting statistical figures, tables, texts, etc. or when referring to literature, clearly indicate the sources by creating a “reference literature” section in the explanatory notes or at the end of the main text.
- Please use Microsoft Word format for essays submitted by e-mail (essays in PDF format are not accepted).
- Copyrights for received essays belong to the Shoko Research Institute.
- The personal information acquired at the time of submission will only be used for notifications related to the screening of the essay. However, the names, employers, departments, and positions (in the case of students, the name of the school, department, and academic year) of winners will be printed in The Nikkei newspaper, as well as the website and journal of the Shoko Research Institute. Also, scenes from the awards ceremony may be published on the website of the Institute.
8. Application contact:
E-mail: kenshou at mark shokosoken.or.jp
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Postal mail:
Subject: 32nd Award for Studies on Small Businesses
Shoko Research Institute (Attention: Award for Studies on Small Businesses)
Shoko Chukin Fukagawa Bldg., Fifth Floor
5-11-17 Kiba, Koto-ku, 135-0042 Tokyo
*A notification of receipt will be sent by e-mail for entries submitted by e-mail, and will be sent by postal mail for entries submitted by postal mail. If you are not contacted within one week of applying, please call the telephone number listed below.
9. Inquiries:
Shoko Research Institute (dedicated line): 03 (5875) 8907 (9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)

Information about International Symposium

Fifteenth International Conference on Flow Dynamics (ICFD2018)

The Fifteenth International Conference on Flow Dynamics (ICFD2018) will be held in Sendai from November 7 to 9, 2018. The objectives of the conference are to explore new horizons in science by exchanging information related to advanced scientific fields, and cutting edge technologies in Flow Dynamics. The conference provides young researchers and students with a platform for academic exchange, and plays a role in initiating international research collaborations.

Date: Wednesday, November 7 to Friday, November 9, 2018
Venue: Sendai International Center

The 21st JSWE Symposium

The 21st JSWE (Japan Society on Water Environment) Symposium will be held at Shimane University, in Matsue City from September 4 to 5, 2018.
There will be various events such as a general session (held by our Research Committees), and aspecial lectures on the "Current situation and problems of Lake Nakaumi and Shinji."

Date: Tuesday, September 4 to Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (two days)
Venue: Shimane University Matsue campus

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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

The Program for Advancement of Foreign Human Resources was launched in 2015, as a collaborative effort of related government ministries and agencies, and other relevant organizations. The Program seeks to increase employment of international students in Japan, and hence increase the number of highly skilled international professionals in the future, following the recent trend in policy that includes the 2014 revision of "Japan Revitalization Strategy - Japan is Back" (approved by the Cabinet on June 24, 2014). The ultimate aim is to vitalize the Japanese economy further and enhance Japan's presence in the global economy.
Through seminars, events and other activities, the Program will strengthen the system of connecting international students and other foreign nationals looking for employment in Japan, with companies in Japan looking to recruit international employees.

Events for International Students

Useful Websites for International Students

Job Hunting Report

Chén Lì

Name: Chén Lì
Nationality: China
University: Takasaki City University of Economics
Major: Department of Business Management, Faculty of Economics
Period of Stay in Japan: October 2008 to March 2014 (Japanese language school, university)
Current Workplace: Tokyo Central Japanese Language School
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1

I have a big sister who is five years older than me. My sister majored in English. Whenever I heard her speaking English fluently, I thought she seemed so cool. And it made me want to learn to speak a foreign language myself someday.

After graduating from high school, I entered a Chinese university and began studying Japanese, another language which uses Chinese characters. Due in part to my father’s advice to “broaden your horizons while you are still young,” I felt the desire to further improve my Japanese and developed a strong desire to enter a Japanese university. I decided to leave the Chinese university and go study abroad in Japan. I arrived in Japan on October 9, 2008.

At university in Japan, I participated in seminars with a large amount of social activities. This gave me lots of opportunities to interact with public institutions such as city hall. Through my experience working part-time while at university, I felt that human relationships at Japanese workplaces weren’t really that complicated. Furthermore, I was certain that I would regret returning to China immediately after graduating from university in Japan, so I decided to remain in Japan and search for employment.

When searching for employment, I was particularly careful to display originality when writing a job application. In order to avoid writing an application that was just like everyone else’s, I recognized the importance of including many examples of my personal experiences and feelings during my various activities at university.

When reflecting back upon my job hunting activities, I feel that it is most important to select work which truly reflects your interests. Instead of being influenced by your family, friends, fellow students, and other people around you, it is essential to choose work which matches your own individual characteristics and style. Doing something which you love will enable you to maintain motivation and put your utmost effort into your work.

My first job was sales at a trading company. However, I felt uncomfortable focusing only on making profit off others. I wanted to utilize my own experience studying abroad in order to help others. Three years ago, I decided to change careers. Now, I spend fulfilling days as a school counselor who supports students. In the future, in addition to supporting the daily life of international students, my goal is to become able to teach them Japanese.

I want younger students to know that hard work will be rewarded at some point in the future. Searching for employment is no easy task. However, don’t be scared by the tough talk that you hear from other people. Focus on giving your best effort and making the best of opportunities when they are presented. Another important thing is to immediately act upon your thoughts.

Job Hunting Information Article

Internships

An increasing number of corporations are holding internships from around August to February of the following year for university students in their third year (or students in their first year of graduate school). Internships in Japan aim to give students the experience of working at a corporation. In an actual workplace, students experience work duties and participate in problem-solving, thus increasing their understanding of the industry and corporations.

In most cases, internships have a period of one to five days. However, there are also cases in which an internship lasts for several months. For corporations, it is an excellent opportunity to have students become more familiar with the industry and the company itself. Another objective is to prevent mismatches during job hunting activities. Consequently, a large number of corporations have been conducting internships recently. In addition to internships held during the summer, an increasing number of corporations hold internships in autumn (October to December) and spring (February).

●The three types of internships are listed below.

(1) Held as a class subject in the regular curriculum (academic credits can be acquired)
(2) Held as an activity outside of the regular curriculum (academic credits cannot be acquired)
(3) Held independently by a corporation with no relation to university studies (academic credits cannot be acquired)

The way to start an internship differs based on the type of internship.
Type (1) internships are held as class subjects in career education curriculum and, consequently, applications are conducted during class. Furthermore, programs which include preliminary and follow-up training are held as part of class. In many cases, the internship period at the corporation is 40 hours (about 5 days).

Type (2) internships start from finding internship information made available by the employment office, career center, etc., of the university. After carefully reading the information, apply via the employment office or career center. In some cases, you can apply directly to the corporation.

Type (3) internships can be applied for by using information listed on employment websites, corporate websites, etc. Applicants are subject to a document screening, face-to-face interview, and sometimes more. Only applicants who pass these screenings are eligible to take part in the internship.

Internships provide an up-close and on-site experience for learning more about industries and corporations which interest you. They can also help students in deciding what path to take. This makes internships a useful experience when job hunting, and we highly recommend giving it a try.

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 August edition looks at Saga prefecture.

Saga Prefecture

Imari ware and Arita ware

Imari ware and Arita ware are a type of Japanese porcelain from Saga Prefecture. Even among pottery used for tableware and such, these types of Japanese porcelain are baked at a particularly high temperature (at least 1,200 degrees Celsius) for a long period of time (several dozen hours). This creates porcelain that is thin and extremely hard. Actually, Imari ware and Arita ware refer to the same type of Japanese porcelain, but they are referred to by different names because production takes place near Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, while the port of shipping is Imari Town, Saga Prefecture. At the beginning of the 17th century, a large number of potters came to Japan from the Korean peninsula, bringing their manufacturing methods as well. The porcelain came to be loved by samurai and nobles because it was lightweight, thin, and resistant to breaking. In the blink of an eye, the porcelain had spread throughout Japan. Initially, it had been dyed in a single tone of blue. Later, patterns using red tones were introduced, as well as glamorous designs incorporating gold. Eventually, the porcelain gained the favor of royals and nobility in Europe. Old Imari ware has great value as antiques and is traded at extremely high prices.

Mudskipper

A fish in the goby family, mudskippers live in the Ariake Sea, an inland sea adjacent to Saga Prefecture. In Japan, mudskippers are only found in the Ariake Sea and the Yatsushiro Sea. Mudskippers are famous for their humorous appearance with two eyes popping out of the top of their head. From late spring to early summer, mudskippers are caught using unique fishing methods such as traps and fishing hooks. Normally, mudskippers live in the mud of shoals called tidelands. When attacked by an enemy, mudskippers quickly jump high into the air and then escape into holes that they dug in the mud. Mudskippers are also a famous local delicacy of Saga Prefecture; usually, they are baked in a sweet-and-spicy sauce or simmered in miso. However, in recent years, the number of mudskippers has decrease drastically due to the disappearance of tidelands and overfishing. Currently, mudskippers are designated as an endangered IB species (EN) and there is concern that they might go extinct.

6. NIPPON Information

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

Lifestyle Information

Typhoons

Typhoons

Typhoons are tropical cyclones with strong winds which move through seas near Japan from summer to autumn, starting in the upper South Pacific and heading towards the Sea of Okhotsk. During typhoon season every year, typhoons inflict severe damage on regions throughout Japan. In addition to damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain brought by the typhoon itself, disasters such as flooding and landslides continue even after the typhoon has passed. The Japan Meteorological Agency and disaster-prevention agencies issue weather warnings and advisories to citizens in regions which may be affected by a typhoon. Please listen carefully to these announcements.

Typhoons occur through the year in tropical and subtropical regions of the upper South Pacific. However, these storms grow larger and approach Japan from spring to autumn. Moreover, the period during which typhoons hit land in Japan is concentrated from July to September. In some years, a large number of typhoons may hit land in Japan; for example, Japan was struck by ten typhoons in 2004. In other years, no typhoons will hit land.

Still fresh in recent memory is how Japan was struck by six typhoons in 2016, second only to 2004. In 2016, Japan was repeatedly hit with typhoons, particularly northern Japan. In 2017, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu suffered long-term damage due to a typhoon which moved slowly along a circuitous route. Japan also dealt with various other damage in 2017, including the first landing of a so-called “super typhoon” with strong winds across a wide area.

In order to minimize the damage caused by typhoons, it is important to participate in training and have a high level of awareness towards disaster preparation even in peaceful times. The most effective disaster-preparedness measure is to obtain typhoon information in advance by using smartphones and other devices.

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).

2018-2019 Study in Japan Fairs

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.

  • Study in Japan Fair (Hong Kong): Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Study in Japan Fair (Thailand), Chiang Mai: Saturday, August 25, 2018 / Bangkok: Sunday, August 26, 2018

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

We 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”

The August 2018 issue will be published on August 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):
Kagoshima University
The University of Electro-Communications
Kobe University
Nagasaki University
The University of Tokyo
Ryukyu University
Iwate University

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.

8. From the Editor

What did you think about the August edition of the Japan Alumni eNews?
In recent years in Japan, it seems like the amount of damage due to torrential rain caused by typhoons and tropical cyclones is increasing even further. The increase in localized downpours known as “guerrilla rainstorms” is substantiated by statistics, and it is said to be closely related to global warming. Although the best option is to evacuate and avoid such torrential rain entirely, it is impossible to run away from the home or community in which we live. Currently, devices such as smartphones can be used to obtain “raincloud radar” and other information for easily predicting rain conditions. During typhoon season and other periods of damage due to heavy rain, the first step in ensuring your safety is to use such tools in order to take sufficient measures as soon as possible.

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 September 10. Don’t miss it!

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