Japan Alumni eNews (Vol. 113)
Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 113 September 10, 2018
- 1. Life in Japan by Photo -- September of Japan
- 2. Alumni News -- News on International Students / Current International Students / Alumni Associations / Introduction of “Support for International Students Returning Home”
- 3. Academic News -- Introducing Faculties/Graduate Schools / Scholarships/Grants/Invitations/Prizes, etc. / Symposium / Academic Societies / Japanese Language Tests
- 4. Business News -- Job Hunting Event Information / Job Hunting Reports / Job Hunting Information Article
- 5. Visit Japan -- Tourism Information of Prefectural and City Governments
- 6. NIPPON Information -- Lifestyle Information / Magazines and Brochures from Japanese Government
- 7. JASSO News -- 2018-2019 Study in Japan Fairs / “Student Guide to Japan” / Official Facebook Pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices / Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) / JASSO Scholarship Programs / Web Magazine "Ryugakukoryu" / Follow-up Research Fellowship (Invitation Program) / Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching Research Advisors)
- 8. From a Reader / From the Editor
1. Life in Japan by Photo
Learn about life in Japan with photos posted by our readers! We look forward to receiving memorable photos of your experiences in Japan, including your student life, exposure to Japanese culture and history, travel, and more.
1. Photo title (15 words or less)
2. Name (katakana and alphabet)
4. Name of your school in Japan
September of Japan
The theme of the September issue is photos that show September in Japan.
2. Alumni News
Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!
News on International Students
NEWS 1: Elementary school students live with international students, learning English and disaster prevention knowledge
The Recovery Assistance Center of Miyagi is currently co-hosting International English Camp 2018 together with the Kodomo Bosai Association. This program, which is a part of the organizations’ efforts to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto Earthquakes, involves elementary school students learning about disaster prevention, in English, alongside international students and Japanese students with experience studying abroad. This program was started in 2012 in order to support the emotional recovery of children in the affected areas, and to raise awareness of disaster prevention in regions outside of those areas. The participants for each camp consist of 105 elementary school students, 20 to 25 international students, and 8 Japanese students with study abroad experience. Children from the affected areas participate in the event free of cost. They spend a total of one night and two days together, with the children honing their “diversity, independence, initiative, and international perspectives,” and improving their awareness of disaster prevention. Camps are held from March of this year to March of 2019, with the highest frequency between the months of July and August.
NEWS 2: Information sessions for student volunteers at the Tokyo Olympic Games begin
As of early September, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has held “Volunteer Information Sessions” for the students and faculty of 13 universities in Japan, starting with Sophia University on July 31. The recruitment period for the approximately 80,000 volunteers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be from mid-September to early December. To qualify as volunteers, applicants must be born before April 1, 2002, and either have Japanese citizenship or a status of residence that permits them to stay in Japan during their period of activity. This means international students and Japanese students with study abroad experience are also eligible to volunteer. Applicants will be asked to choose a maximum of three preferred areas of activity out of the ten available (Guidance, Events, Mobility Support, Personal Support, Operational Support, etc.). With these preferences taken into account, each applicant will be assigned to a specific role in a specific area of activity. Applicants are officially designated as volunteers upon receiving notice of their role, and notifying the organization as to their acceptance of said role.
Introduction of Current International Students
Name: Donmin Shin
I chose to study abroad in Japan because while learning about tourism in university in Korea, I realized I wanted to learn about tourism out in the world, not just in Korea. There’s a lot of interest in Japan right now as a tourist destination, and I think the country has a lot of potential for growth. I came to Japan because I wanted to actually go to a country like that, and learn and experience all kinds of things.
I was nervous when I first came here because I couldn’t really speak Japanese, but I was amazed at how friendly and kind the people in Japan were when they talked to me. Their kindness is the thing that really left an impression on me.
Currently, I’m in a research seminar studying how the hotel industry will change in the future, and what’s needed to adapt to those changes. I became interested in hotels because I like interacting with people from all over the world, and I thought hotels would allow me to get the closest to this kind of interactions. Globalization is advancing very rapidly, and different customers have all kinds of different needs. Right now, I’m studying how the role of hotels will change in the future, as well as the effect that world economics and politics will have on the industry.
My dream job would be at a hotel in Japan, providing the kind of customer service that will allow foreigners like me to be able to enjoy Japan. This is why I’ve traveled to so many places, even outside of Tokyo, since I’ve been in Japan (Hokkaido, Akita, Osaka, Kyushu, Okinawa, and more) and talked to the people in those regions to learn what makes each of them unique. All of this has been to experience and really understand some of the culture that is specific to Japan. I would love to use this experience to help introduce Japan as a country to the rest of the world, and increase Japan’s power as a brand.
My advice to students thinking about studying abroad in Japan is this: the most important thing is to set goals and plans. Why are you studying abroad in Japan? What are you going to learn, and how are you going to grow? There are some international students who come to Japan without a plan and end up not making the best of their time here, or just immediately going back to their home countries. I personally think this is a waste of a study abroad experience. To prevent that from happening, make sure to set a concrete plan before you come to Japan. Come prepared, and you’ll find yourself growing as a person more than you ever have before. Time, once wasted, will never come back, so make sure to work so that you don’t regret your time here.
List of Japan Alumni Associations
Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home
Shimane University Collaborates with Alumni Associations
Shimane University, together with alumni associations of former international students, is working towards a new effort that aims to encourage research collaborations with foreign universities, increase the number of international students, and encourage coordination with these associations from a number of different angles.
The Shimane University Alumni Association Bangladesh is the first of these efforts. Bangladeshi international students make up the second greatest population of international students at Shimane University, with many of them studying in the Graduate School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Science, and the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Tottori University. It is rare to see a university in Japan with such a high percentage of students from Bangladesh. Until now, most international students from Bangladesh were introduced to Shimane University through former graduates and current international students of the university. From now on, however, Shimane University will also work to strengthen the efforts of the alumni association in order to encourage more Bangladeshi students to study at the university.
The alumni association is currently working to advance collaboration with various organizations in Bangladesh, by providing support for the expansion and diversification of inter-university collaborative research efforts. Professor Habibur Rahman Pramanik (Bangladesh Agricultural University), chairman of the alumni association, and Researcher Md. Asaduzzaman (Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute), executive officer of the alumni association, visited Shimane University in March of this year. They discussed plans for the association’s efforts, including the existing interdepartmental collaboration between Bangladesh Agricultural University (where Professor Pramanik resides) and the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science, as well as the future of collaborative research efforts with Bangladesh.
Shimane University sees this alumni association as an important partner. In the coming years, the university is expected to utilize the association’s network to advance various collaborative efforts, including efforts towards collaborative research and to expand the population of international students at the university.
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.
Name: Meiji University
Surugadai Campus: 1-1 Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8301
Izumi Campus: 1-9-1 Eifuku, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-8555
Ikuta Campus: 1-1-1 Higashi-Mita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 214-8571
Nakano Campus: 4-21-1 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Japan 164-8525
Number of students: Undergraduate: 30,882 / Graduate School: 2,475 (as of May 1, 2018)
International students: Undergraduate: 1,115 / Graduate School: 538 (as of May 1, 2018)
1. Overview of University (History, Mission, etc.)
Meiji University was established as Meiji Law School in 1881 by three young lawyers. Currently, it is one of Japan’s leading private universities, home to 10 undergraduate schools (Law, Commerce, Political Science and Economics, Arts and Letters, Information and Communication, Global Japanese Studies, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences), 12 graduate schools, and 4 professional schools.
Over its 140-year history, the university has sent approximately 550,000 students out into society. Meiji University will continue to honor its founding spirit of “Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-Government” to fulfill its mission (“To the World, Empower the Individual, Link to the World and the Future”), always leading the way with new and exciting challenges, and carving a new path for the future.
2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments
Study at the School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Studies is based in mathematics and information. The school’s philosophy is to encourage “the creation, development, and transmission of mathematical science that contributes to society.” To that end, the school is divided into three departments: the Department of Mathematical Sciences Based on Modeling and Analysis, the Department of Frontier Media Science, and the Department of Network Design. All three of these departments are involved in cutting-edge research to create new things and systems, as well as to use math and science to solve various issues we face on a daily basis.
Students of the School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Studies will spend their whole four years at the Nakano Campus, which was established in 2013, along with students of the School of Global Japanese Studies. This campus has the most international students of Meiji University’s four campuses, giving it a distinctly international atmosphere.
3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support and Tuition Reduction)
Meiji University offers a variety of scholarships. The “Meiji University Special Grant for Privately Financed International Students,” for which recipients are selected before their admission to the university, is offered to students who passed and achieved the highest scores in their English Track Exam from Abroad. Recipients will be subsidized 100% for their tuition fees.
The university also provides support for students through the “Meiji University Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students” (50,000 yen/month for a maximum of 6 months), for which recipients are selected after admission to the university, as well as a “Tuition Assistance (Reduction) Program for Privately Financed International Students” (assistance rates: 40% for 1st year students; 15 to 50% for 2nd year and above, depending on student grades).
4. Other Types of Support for International Students (Employment, International Exchange, etc.)
Meiji University is famous for its wealth of programs to support job hunting. They provide support for international students looking to navigate the distinctly Japanese job hunting system, hosting courses in business Japanese, courses on how to take written tests successfully, and more.
In addition, all four campuses boast an International Lounge, where TAs (teaching assistants) provide international students with Japanese language instruction and daily life support. Campus Mate, a student international exchange group, also plans and hosts cherry blossom viewing and Tokyo sight-seeing events in order to encourage interaction between Japanese students and international students.
Information about Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.
Nitori International Scholarship Foundation
Foreign International Student Scholarship 2019
The Nitori International Scholarship Foundation provides this scholarship not only to offer financial support to its recipients, but also to cultivate talented global personnel who are both academically skilled and highly principled, and who will work towards the understanding of different cultures and the promotion of international goodwill. It is the foundation’s hope that through these efforts, the recipients of the scholarship will keep in communication with each other, and that even after the scholarship period is over, they will work to build a network that spans the world.
2. Application Requirements (Make sure to confirm details via the official website):
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
(1) Nationality and visa
· Applicants with a nationality other than Japanese
· Applicants whose status of residence after April 1, 2019 is “Student,” and who have an address in Japan (including those with plans to reside in an address in Japan)
(2) Year/degree program
Applicants who, as of April 1, 2019, will be 1st to 4th year students at a university in Japan, 1st or 2nd year students at a graduate school in Japan, or who plan to be either one of these as a privately financed international student (limited to regular students).
Applicants who are healthy, academically skilled, and principled. Applicants who are able to engage in basic communication in Japanese, and who will be able to contribute to international understanding as well as international friendship and goodwill.
(4) Applicants cannot be receiving any other scholarship at the same time
3. Number of Recipients:
Approximately 100 students
4. Scholarship Amount:
110,000 yen per month
*Some students who ranked the highest out of the recipients selected will be provided 150,000 yen per month.
5. Scholarship Duration:
Typically 1 year
*Scholarship provision begins after April 2019
6. Application Method:
Fill out and submit the application form on the Nitori International Scholarship Foundation official website. Only applicants who pass the web test will be asked to submit their documents.
7. Application Deadline:
Sunday, November 18, 2018
*The application deadline may be pushed forwards or backwards depending on the number of applicants, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
Nitori International Scholarship Foundation
3-6-20 Kamiya, Kita-ku, Tokyo 115-0043 (Nitori Holdings Co., Ltd. Tokyo Headquarters)
E-mail: nitoriKSZ_09 at mark nitori.jp
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14th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Fellowship
The Hakuho Foundation provides this fellowship in order to offer talented researchers, engaged in research on Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature, and Japanese culture, an opportunity to conduct residential research in Japan, and in doing so strengthen the fundamentals of international research into Japan and deepen understanding of Japan as a whole.
2. Eligible Research:
Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature, Japanese culture
Invitees will conduct research at one of the following receiving organizations.
· National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
· International Research Center for Japanese Studies
· The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (From the 12th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Fellowship onwards)
· Ochanomizu University
· Kyoto University
· Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
· Ritsumeikan University
· Waseda University
The fellowship will subsidize all expenses related to the invitees’ study in Japan, including travel expenses, daily life expenses, research expenses, and living expenses.
Invitees can select between the Long-Term (12 months) and Short-Term (6 months) options.
Approximately 15 invitees are selected every year.
4. Application Requirements (Make sure to confirm details via the official website):
Researchers who live in a foreign country and are studying Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature, or Japanese culture (and who meet all of the following requirements)
· Researchers currently working for an institute of higher education or research institute (including program directors and part-time instructors)
· Researchers who have a Ph.D. (Including researchers who are to receive their Ph.D. by December 2018), or talented researchers with equivalent research/teaching experience
· Researchers who have enough Japanese language skills to be able to conduct research in Japanese
· Researchers who live outside of Japan, and who have a nationality other than Japanese
· Or, researchers with Japanese nationality but who have lived in a country other than Japan for more than 10 years, and who have been active in academic organizations in that country
· Researchers who are able to stay in Japan continuously over the designated period, and who will be able to participate in the research report meetings of the Hakuho Foundation
5. Application Method:
6. Application Deadline:
Applications must be received via postal mail by Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship Secretariat
TEL: 03-6435-8140 / FAX: 03-6435-8790
*Send any comments/questions via e-mail through the designated online form.
Information about International Symposium
International Symposium on Children's Environmental Health
The National Institute for Environmental Studies will hold the International Symposium on Children's Environmental Health with three outstanding researchers from the United States. In the symposium, there will be presentations on 1) the health and economic benefits of preventing impact of chemical exposures, especially among children, 2) the impact of air pollution on children, and 3) the needs and contributions of children's environmental health studies.
The Symposium is open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration is required.
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 / 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Doors open at 1:30 P.M.)
Venue: International Congress Center, Epochal Tsukuba, Room 201
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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
Name: Yang Peiyu
I had an interest in Japan ever since I was a child, because I liked to watch Japanese anime, variety shows, and TV dramas. I was especially drawn to the school culture. When I entered high school, I vowed to myself that I would study abroad in Japan after I graduated, and started studying on my own.
I was in a dorm when I first arrived, but this dorm was full of mostly Chinese international students, and everyday conversation was all in Chinese. I was a bit disappointed in this environment and decided to leave the dorm in March to pursue a lifestyle that would let me use Japanese on a daily basis.
Japan is really amazingly easy to live in, and the more I found myself agreeing with the way Japanese people think, their consideration for others, beginning with manners and etiquette, the more I found myself wanting to work in Japan.
My struggles during job hunting came from the fact that I had little experience working in Japan, and just trying to get across how motivated I was took all I had. I’d always been shy, and so I’d chosen part-time jobs that didn’t involve a lot of customer service. I remember even now how much I regretted that, and how much I wished I’d done some jobs that would have let me communicate more with Japanese people.
Now, I work at a temp agency that deploys live-in part-time workers to resort areas all throughout Japan. My job specifically involves me introducing jobs to international students from abroad, as well as people on working holidays. I also write articles in Chinese for an employment website called Rizoba.com. I really recommend part-time resort jobs, because it feels almost like you’re traveling for free, since you’re able to go sight-seeing on your days off.
I always recommend customer service jobs for people who say they want to work in japan in the future. Most people are persuaded when I tell them about my own personal experience. I’d give the same advice to international students who will be job hunting in the future. How are you going to spend the limited time that you have in Japan? I think it’s important to get as much out of your experience here as possible, even if you have to actively go out of your comfort zone.
And one more thing. It’s a very basic thing, but it’s important to be aware of your manners on a daily basis: your greetings, the way you speak (especially polite language), your punctuality, and even your appearance. These things really do add up if you are aware of them on a daily basis.
Job Hunting Information Article
Job Hunting for September 2019 and March 2020 Graduates
Once summer vacation is over, you will find that more and more students will begin preparing for job hunting. As the very first step towards your job hunting experience, it is important that you know the timeline of job-hunting in Japan.
Until March 2019: Preparing for Job Hunting
Make sure you prepare for job hunting before the job hunting process officially begins in March. Research the industries and companies you are interested in, engage in self-analysis to figure out your own strengths and weaknesses, and prepare some entry sheets you will need for the document screening portion of the application process. Many companies are now also hosting internships during winter and spring vacations, so we recommend that you apply to the ones for the companies that interest you.
March 2019: Company PR Begins
Companies will begin posting recruitment information for 3rd year university students (1st year Master’s students, 2nd year Doctorate students) on March 1, on recruitment websites and other channels of information. This marks the official beginning of the annual job hunting process, and companies will begin hosting company information sessions as well. Students will apply to companies, participate in information sessions, submit entry sheets, take written exams, and more.
June 2019: Tentative Job Offers Sent Out
Many companies begin sending out job offers starting June 1. Most applications require three interviews, with companies giving out nainaitei (tentative job offers) to those who pass all three interviews. A nainaitei is, in effect, the company promising to give you a naitei (official job offer).
October 2019: Official Job Offers Sent Out
Once it is October 1, companies will send out official job offers. Depending on the company, they may even ask all students who have received their job offers to gather for a naiteishiki (job offer ceremony).
This is the general time-line for job hunting in Japan. Some companies, however, may have an earlier timeline, so we recommend that you research in advance what kind of job hunting schedules your preferred companies and industries may have.
5. Visit Japan
Have you been travelling around Japan? In this section, we bring you information about sights, events, and foods from all over the country! The September edition looks at Chiba prefecture.
Narita International Airport is a hub airport that serves as the aerial gateway to Japan. It is one of the two major airports in the Tokyo metropolitan area, alongside Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport). Before, flights had been divided between the two airports: international flights for Narita Airport, and domestic flights for Haneda Airport. Recently, however, Haneda Airport has become more and more international, and there is not much of a difference between the roles of the airports. Narita International Airport was referred to as New Tokyo International Airport before 2004, but it adopted its current name after a change in management. Though located about 60 kilometers away from the central area of Tokyo, it only takes about 36 minutes by private railway express train to get to Tokyo’s major stations. Many people also use the JR lines, buses, and taxis to go between the city and the airport.
Rakkasei, also known as peanuts or Nanjing beans, are a type of legume in the Faboideae groundnut family. It is a famous Chiba Prefecture local specialty, so much so that many Japanese people think of rakkasei when they think of Chiba. 80% of the rakkasei made in Japan is produced in Chiba Prefecture. However, approximately 90% of the peanuts consumed in Japan are imported. Most of these are imported from China, particularly from the Shandong and Hebei provinces. The term “rakkasei” is derived from the fact that they are produced where the flowers of the plant fall: after the flower wilts, a thin tubular portion of the plant hangs down onto the ground, digs into the dirt, and creates the rakkasei. The term “peanut” in English comes from the word “pea,” referring to beans like the green bean, and “nuts,” meaning tree nuts. They are not actually nuts, however, since they are produced under the ground.
6. NIPPON Information
This section features enjoyable stories about pop culture, traditions, dining, cutting-edge technology, and more!
Jugoya (Fifteenth Night Festival) / Chushu-no-Meigetsu (Harvest Moon)
September marks the beginning of a respite from the heat of summer, and the gradual beginning of autumn. In Japan, there is a beautiful custom called “Jugoya” (Fifteenth Night), in which people admire the beauty of the moon from their yards and porches. It comes from the Chinese festival Chushusetsu (Mid-Autumn Festival), and is said to have started in Japan around the Heian Period (794 to 1185). Jugoya refers to the 15th day of Japan’s old lunar calendar. On this day, the waxing and waning of the moon gives way to a beautiful full moon. “Chushu-no-Meigetsu” refers to the moon on August 15 on the old lunar calendar, and is said to be the most beautiful out of all the fifteenth-night moons in the year. Because this goes by the old lunar calendar, it differs from the current koyomi (Japanese calendar), which marks this year’s Jugoya (Harvest Moon) as being on Monday, September 24.
On the Jugoya, people decorate their surroundings with Japanese pampas grass and give rice dumplings and vegetables as offerings to the gods. Jugoya is a day to admire the beauty of the moon, but it is also a ritual to pray for a good harvest for that year. Japanese pampas grass is thought to contain the spirit of the gods, and the rice dumplings are provided also as a sort of prayer for the harvest. In general, offerings are made with rice dumplings placed pyramid-style on a white piece of paper, placed atop a special offerings tray called a sanpo. These offerings can be eaten, and in fact people are actually encouraged to eat them to strengthen their connection with the gods.
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.
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 September 2018 issue will be published on September 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.
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):
8. From a Reader / From the Editor
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Yukata worn in the Japanese summer are a beautiful sight.
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From the Editor
What did you think about the September edition of the Japan Alumni eNews?
This summer was a summer of record-breaking heat for Japan. Cities throughout the country experienced their hottest temperatures in recorded history, and even the Japan Meteorological Agency was driven to release an unusual statement saying that they considered the heat a natural disaster. In last month’s “From the Editor” segment, we wrote about the damage caused by the torrential rain in certain areas of the country. Once we entered the official hurricane season, however, there was even more damage due to landslides and floods, and there is no doubt that there were many people who had an anxiety-ridden summer. Now that September has come, it is finally starting to feel a bit more like fall, and at the end of the month we will be having the traditional Japanese festival Jugoya (Fifteenth Night Festival; Harvest Moon). Nature, occasionally violent and occasionally gentle, affects all of our lives greatly. With the difficult summer behind us, we will be entering the most comfortable season of the year, and it may be important for us to use this Jugoya event to reset our feelings, and understand once again that nature is something to be admired and appreciated.
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 October 10. Don’t miss it!
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