Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 119 March 8, 2019

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 119

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

Memories of Japan (Photos from a Reader)

The March issue’s Life in Japan by Photo feature introduces Memories of Japan. (Honorific titles are omitted.)

Memories of Kyoto

Nguyen Xuan Hoang (Vietnam)
Nagoya Institute of Technology
Title: Memories of Kyoto

Miho-no-Matsubara and Mt. Fuji, Connected by Greenery

Huyn Thi Thao (Vietnam)
Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University Junior College
Title: Miho-no-Matsubara and Mt. Fuji, Connected by Greenery

Mt. Fuji Emerging from Clear Water to See the Boats

Title: Mt. Fuji Emerging from Clear Water to See the Boats

2. Alumni News

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

News on International Students

NEWS 1: Number of International Students Increases for Sixth Year in a Row, to Almost 300,000

On January 18, 2019, the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) released their research results on the international students in Japan in 2018. As of May 1, 2018, there were 298,980 international students in Japan, an increase of 31,938 (12.0%) compared to the previous year, and a record of the highest number. The number of international students has increased six years in a row, starting in fiscal 2013, and has recorded double-digit increase rates year-on-year, in particular in the four years since fiscal 2015. Looking at these percentages in terms of countries, the greatest percentage increases were from Bhutan, Uzbekistan, and Bangladesh, in that order. The top three countries of origin were China (86,439), Vietnam (42,083), and Nepal (15,329) for higher education institutions, and Vietnam (30,271), China (28,511), and Nepal (9,002) for Japanese language institutions.

NEWS 2: 20% Decrease in Number of People Employed by 2040 if Growth Remains Static

On January 15, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced their labor supply-demand estimates for 2040, as part of a report drafted by the Japan Institute of Employment Research. According to the report (draft), if economic growth and labor participation remain more or less the same, the number of people employed in 2040 will be 52.45 million, marking a decrease by 12.85 million (20% decrease) as compared to 2017. On the other hand, the number would still decrease even if economic growth and labor participation increases, but by 5.06 million (8% decrease) as compared to 2017, thus going down to 60.24 million. This mean that the number of people employed will decrease regardless of whether or not there is an increase in economic growth and labor participation. However, the number of people employed in the medical and social welfare fields is expected to experience double-digit increases regardless of economic growth and labor participation, increasing by 13% to 9.1 million if the factors remain more or less the same, and increasing by 21% to 9.74 million if they increase.

NEWS 3: More Than Half of Companies in Japan Planning to Hire International Students / Highly-Skilled Foreign Professionals in 2019

On January 24, DISCO Corporation released the results of a company survey conducted in December 2018 regarding the hiring of international students and highly-skilled foreign professionals. According to the survey, 68.2% of companies in Japan have had experience hiring highly-skilled foreign professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Of these companies, 34.1% have hired international students in fiscal 2018. The results also showed that 53.1% of companies are planning to hire international students in fiscal 2019. The most common reason for companies to hire international students, and this was consistent across humanities- and science-based jobs, was the need to acquire skilled personnel, with 72.6% giving this answer for humanities-based jobs and 82.1% for science-based jobs. This was followed in humanities-based jobs by the need for employees that speak foreign languages, and the need for employees capable of conducting business overseas; and was followed in science-based jobs by the need to fill the labor shortage with respect to fresh graduates within Japan (33.3%).

Introduction of Current International Students

Bimanthi Nawoda

Name: Bimanthi Nawoda
Nationality: Sri Lanka
University: Hokkaido University
Major: Japanese Language & Culture Training Course, Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education
Year: Trainee
Period of Study: September 2018 to August 2019
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2

I fell in love with Japan, the nation of cherry blossoms, when I was in elementary school and danced at the school festival wearing a kimono, and holding a fan. I’d liked learning languages even as a child, and decided to take language classes through high school. One of these languages was Japanese. Ever since then, my love for Japanese culture and the Japanese language just grew and grew, and my being able to study abroad in Japan this year feels almost like a dream come true. Sinhalese, the native language of Sri Lanka, is similar to Japanese in some respects, like sentence structure and noun modifiers, but the cultures of Sri Lanka and Japan are very different, so before I came here I was worried that the people in Japan would be too strict about rules and very serious about everything. But then I actually got here and made some Japanese friends, and learned that Japanese people liked to play around and have fun too.

In Sri Lanka there are still many large households, and there are a lot of young people who rely on their parents even after they become adults. Something that really stood out to me was how in Japan, many young people will go out to live on their own after graduating high school. I think this is possible because it’s easier to find part-time jobs and internships in Japan. It’s difficult for young people in Sri Lanka to find part-time jobs, which means they have a harder time managing their finances when they become adults, and have to be supported by their parents. Privately financed students studying abroad in Japan work part-time jobs to support themselves. I think if there could be a policy of some sort in Sri Lanka to support these kinds of part-time jobs, that would encourage more young people to become independent.

My message to anyone thinking of studying abroad in Japan is not to fear change or taking on new challenges. The more things you across that surprise you, the more changes you encounter in your life, the more you level up as a human being, and the closer you get to being the best version of yourself in the future. So go on, be courageous, and keep forging on, even if you’re in a culture you don’t know anything about, even if you’re surrounded by people you don’t know, even if there’s a language barrier. I personally will continue studying Japanese and try to deepen my relationships with the people of Japan and my understanding of Japanese culture. My goal is to serve as a bridge between Japan and Sri Lanka, regardless of whether I return to my country or continue my studies here.

List of Japan Alumni Associations

Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home

Waseda University Alumni Association

Waseda University Alumni Association

The Waseda University Alumni Association was established in 1885, a year after the first graduating class of Waseda University, and has been expanding the scope of both its domestic and international activities in order to support the university and maintain a network of relations amongst its members. Connections based in the university last even after graduation, throughout one’s lifetime. The alumni association hosts events that transcend generations, and allow members to widen their network among those in the same class. The association also provides beneficial services to those who pay the annual membership fee.

Overseas Tomonkai
Tomonkai are alumni associations for Waseda University graduates that are run with approval from the Waseda University Alumni Association. There are currently more than 1,300 Tomonkais altogether in Japan and overseas. There are approximately 70 overseas Tomonkai and overseas branches in Korea, Taiwan, and China, with people who would love to have you participate. Enrich your life by getting to know these people with whom you have shared this life experience, who have studied and spent time at Waseda University.

If you are an alumnus, please feel free to contact the organization!

Waseda University Alumni Association
Waseda University Okuma Kaikan 1F, 1-104 Totsukamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-8050
alumni at mark list.waseda.jp
*Please convert “at mark” to “@” when you send an e-mail to us.
TEL: +81-3-3202-8040

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.

Kansai University

Kansai University main gate

University Profile (As of May 1, 2018)
Name: Kansai University
Senriyama Campus: 3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita-shi, Osaka
Takatsuki Campus: 2-1-1 Ryozenji-cho, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka
Takatsuki Muse Campus: 7-1 Hakubai-cho, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka
Sakai Campus: 1-11-1 Kaorigaoka-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka
Umeda Campus: 1-5 Tsuruno-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Number of Students: Undergraduate: 28,872 / Graduate School: 1,763 / Preparatory Course: 110
International Students: Undergraduate: 376 / Graduate School: 431 / Exchange Program (Inbound): 133 / Foreign Research Students: 35 / Japanese Language and Culture Program Preparatory Course: 110 / Intensive Japanese Language and Culture Course: 19

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

Kansai University was founded in 1886 as Kansai Law School, the first law school in the Kansai area. Currently it spans four campuses across Osaka and encompasses 13 faculties, and is one of the leading universities in Japan. Kansai University’s educational philosophy is based on the idea of “gaku no jitsuge,” which translates roughly to “harmony between academia and society.” The university’s goal is to heighten the social value of academics, and incorporate practical knowledge into the curriculum to cultivate human resources capable of thriving both within Japan and overseas. The university provides an environment conducive to an education connected to society, with Senriyama Campus, where many of the students study, located about a 20-minute train ride away from Umeda (JR Osaka Station), which is considered the hub of business in western Japan.

2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments

Photo of campus

Kansai University is a university with faculties and graduate schools that encompass all of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The 13 faculties include the Faculty of Arts, which itself comprises 19 departments, the Faculty of Business and Commerce, where students can learn about the front lines of business, as well as faculties that cover cutting-edge research and technological developments in engineering (Faculty of Engineering Science, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Engineering, and Faculty of Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering), as well as three professional graduate schools (School of Law, School of Accountancy, Graduate School of Professional Clinical Psychology). The university also offers English-based curriculums, in the form of master’s and doctoral degrees in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, and a doctoral degree in the Graduate School of Societal Safety Sciences.

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

Kansai University has four dormitories where international students live together with Japanese students, each staffed with resident assistants that will provide support for the dorm life of international students. There is also the CARES Shared House (women’s only) where students from various countries, including Japan, can live together. The university also offers many scholarships for outstanding students and students who require financial support. In fact, about 90% of privately-financed international students received some kind of financial support from the university in the 2018 academic year.

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

The university hosts activities throughout the year to encourage communication between international students, Japanese students, and local residents, and enrich the lives of those studying abroad at the university. They also provide a Japanese language support program for international students whose Japanese language skills could be improved, and provide job hunting support through SUCCESS-Osaka, a program commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to drive the employment of international students in Japan. This support program is comprised of three elements: career education that teaches Japanese business practices, training in the kind of high-level business Japanese required in Japanese companies, and opportunities for internships.

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

The Suntory Foundation is currently accepting applications for two research grants.

(1) Grant for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
This grant is aimed at promoting group-based research projects that challenge currently existing research and academics in the fields of the humanities and social sciences, in order to enrich and contribute to the development of knowledge in the world.

(2) Grant for Collaborative Research on Community Cultural Activities
This grant is aimed at promoting research that contributes to and helps maintain community cultural activities in Japan.

Information about International Symposium

2019 International Symposium on Construction and Demolition Waste Management

Japan leads the world in terms of its efforts towards construction recycling (policy systems, technology, recycling, etc.). This symposium aims to utilize the attention Tokyo and Japan will garner in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote Japan’s advanced construction recycling policies and technologies to the world. The symposium is expected to feature discussions as to current efforts towards construction recycling especially in various areas of Asia, as well as the potential for Japanese construction recycling policies and technologies to be adapted to these areas.

Date/Time: Monday, April 15, 2019 / 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Location: International Conference Hall, Tokyo International Exchange Center Plaza HEISEI (2-2-1 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)

Art Innovation - Art & Science International Symposium 2019

The Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan) at Kyoto University and the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, which have established an academic exchange agreement, have begun efforts for art innovation, based mainly in Shishu-Kan. To commemorate this partnership, they are hosting Art Innovation - Art & Science International Symposium 2019 on March 15 and 16, 2019.

Art is one of the eight fields of research at the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (Shishu-Kan). With the establishment of this academic exchange agreement with the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London in September 2018, the two universities are working towards efforts that combine science-based fields with new artistic fields such as media arts.

Art Innovation - Art & Science International Symposium 2019 is one such example of that effort. The symposium focuses on the creation of new value through the combination of the arts and sciences, and will feature Project Professor Naoko Tosa from Kyoto University as co-chair, and Professor William Latham from Goldsmiths, University of London as co-chair. There will also be promotion of Art Innovation - International Symposium, exhibitions of art submissions, and collaborations with major companies from March 14 to 28 at Kyoto University and Kennin-ji Temple.

Date/Time: Friday, March 15, 2019 / 9:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. and Saturday, March 16, 2019 / 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Location: Kyoto University Clock Tower International Conference Hall (36 Yoshidahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto), Kennin-ji Temple (Yamato Odori 4-Jo Kudaru Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto), Kyoto University Tachibana Kaikan (Yoshidatachibanacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto), and the Studies in Human Survivability Conference Room (1 Yoshidanakaadachicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto)

Registration is required, with 100 seats available. Seats will be provided on a first come first served basis. Please register at the website below.

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Japanese Language Tests

4. Business News

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

Job Hunting Event Information

Events for International Students

Useful Websites for International Students

Job Hunting Report

Allen Parker

Name: Allen Parker
Nationality: U.S.
University: Sophia University
Major: International Business and Economics, Faculty of Liberal Arts
Period of Stay: September 2007 to August 2011
Current Workplace: Parthenon Japan

The state of Tennessee, where I’m from, is home to several Japanese companies. My middle school had a Japanese language course, so I studied Japanese there for two years, then got a tutor in high school to continue studying the language. During high school, I went on a one-month exchange program to Tono in Iwate Prefecture. This experience led me to think about going to a Japanese university. I first entered International Christian University, and later transferred to and graduated from Sophia University.

Before entering university I did some research on the Internet, and I found that a lot of people who studied Japanese at university in the U.S. struggled with attaining anything above intermediate-level Japanese ability. My goal was to do business in Japan as a bilingual, so I thought it would be better for me to go to a Japanese university instead and study business there.

After graduating college, I gained experience in the PR and consulting industries, and eventually decided to start my own business. My company’s mission is to eliminate the communication gap between business and society, and we focus on providing support mainly for diverse companies’ external affairs and PR departments.

Those who come to study in Japan and are just now thinking about job hunting should start thinking early on about how they can utilize their knowledge of two cultures, two languages, and two value systems as a communication skill in their career. Don’t wait until you have to start job hunting. Think seriously about what kind of career would be fulfilling for you, what kind of work stimulates you, and how you can achieve your life goals through your career.

Work is not just about earning money. It’s something you’ll spend the majority of your life doing, so you will have a difficult time if you don’t like your job. Don’t despair about which companies would be willing to hire you and think more about what it is exactly you want to do. Then, see which companies fit what you want to do, and how they would utilize your skills. You have to check whether the company’s goals are in line with your personal goals.

I also think it’s important to not care too much about company size. Small to medium size companies will entrust you with more responsibility at a younger age. If you’re looking to build your career, I recommend you expand your scope from just major companies and consider startups and smaller companies as well.

Job Hunting Information Article

Job Hunting Begins

March 1 marked the official beginning of job hunting for students graduating between September 2019 and March 2020. Everything starts happening all at once as soon as March comes along, with pre-entries, company information sessions, entry sheet submissions, and more. Be aware of the following to make sure your job hunting efforts go smoothly.

1. Scheduling
Managing your schedule will get a lot more difficult now that you have to participate in a variety of events and keep deadlines for entry sheets. Use your planner and/or smartphone to keep on top of your schedule.

2. Company Information Sessions
When participating in a joint information session, always check in advance which companies will be there, and decide which ones you want to visit, so that you’re able to go around the booths more efficiently.

3. Entry Sheets
If filling in your entry sheets by hand, make sure your handwriting is neat. Also make sure to read back through them when you’re done, to check for misspellings or other errors.

4. Gathering Information
People who are successful in the job hunting process are people who get their information from a variety of sources. Most people will get their information from books and the Internet and never go anywhere beyond that. It’s important to go out to company information sessions, talk to alumni from your school who work at the companies you’re interested in, and acquire information in a wide variety of ways. You should also try to talk to the people around you at company information sessions. This will not only help you gain more information, it will give you peers in the job hunting process, and help expand your network as well.

5. Manners
Since you are about to go out into society, you will be held to the same standards as those currently working in companies. For instance, you will be required to be on time for everything. Being late is of course unacceptable, even coming in right on time can make you look bad in certain circumstances. Make sure to leave early and have ample time to get to seminars, joint information sessions, etc. Also, if for any reason you cannot attend a seminar or company information session for which you’ve already registered, make sure to contact them and cancel in advance.

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 March issue looks at Yamagata prefecture.

Yamagata Prefecture

Hanagasa Festival

Hanagasa Festival is the most famous festival in Yamagata Prefecture, and is held every year in several regions, mainly within the prefecture. In the festival, female dancers holding sedge hats with decorations that look like safflowers (the prefectural flower of Yamagata) parade around town while dancing to the “hanagasa ondo,” a traditional local ballad specific to the festival. The most famous of these festivals is the Yamagata Hanagasa Festival, which is held on the main street of Yamagata-shi. Held every year for three days, from August 5 to 7, this festival is comprised of more than 10,000 people and 150 organizations, and sees over 1 million visitors. Each organization wears its own version of the traditional outfit and dances down the street: a truly remarkable sight. It originates from the Hanagasa Ondo Parade, held as part of the Zao Summer Festival in 1963, which was intended to drive tourism to Zao. It then became an individual event in 1965. The festival became popular in Yamagata after the ten variations of the dance were consolidated into one type and made accessible to everyone, and after a more powerful, male version of the dance was established around 20 years ago, allowing men and women alike to enjoy in the parade.

Photo courtesy of the Yamagata Prefecture Hanagasa Council

Sakuranbo (Cherry)

Sakuranbo are edible fruits borne on cherry trees, and are also known in Japanese as “oto.” These do not grow on the cherry blossoms you see in bloom in the spring, and are instead the fruit of the mizakura tree, a kind of fruit-bearing tree. It came to Japan from the Qing Dynasty in China. In recent years, the most common sakuranbo to be harvested in Japan is the Sato Nishiki brand of sakuranbo. About 80% of the sakuranbo in Japan are harvested in Yamagata Prefecture, and 70% to 80% of these are of the Sato Nishiki variety. In Japan they are considered a luxury fruit. Sakuranbo that are shipped out in the middle of winter (sakuranbo are normally harvested in the summer), and which are thus considered extremely rare, are even referred to as “red jewels,” and can reach prices as high as tens of thousands of yen for a box of 50 large sakuranbo (10 grams per sakuranbo; several hundred yen each). There is a reason why Sato Nishiki sakuranbo are so expensive. This is because they require lots of work, with farmers keeping honey bees and going around with feather dusters to pollinate the flowers, culling buds to ensure the sakuranbo will grow nice and big with a vivid color, and picking off leaves that block the sunlight.

6. NIPPON Information

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

Lifestyle Information

Moving

Moving

In Japan, March is moving month. All of a sudden, there will be moving vans parked everywhere across the country: students about to head to university and newly employed graduates moving out from their homes and into their own apartments, people working at companies moving to new posts in new cities, and more.

Very busy during this period and an immense help for all of these people are moving companies. Search “Hikkoshi” (moving) on Google, and you’ll see a list, several pages long, of moving companies. Though they are commonplace now, their existence is surprisingly recent, with the industry having emerged about sixty years ago in the 1960s. At the time, automobiles were becoming increasingly popular as a means of transportation in industrial circles as well. As a result, the transport industry was born, with many of these companies opting to help the general population move their belongings to new houses as a kind of supplement to their main jobs. There were no services, however, that were as comprehensive as the ones today, which cover everything you may need when you move. These were simply services that took your belongings where they needed to go. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s that actual moving companies began to emerge. Nowadays, most moving services will handle all aspects of the moving process, from boxing your belongings, wrapping your furniture, shipping the boxes, unpacking the boxes, setting things up in your new house, and even house-cleaning.

Though this practice has now largely disappeared, there was a tradition until around the beginning of the Showa Era (1926 to 1989) in which a person would go around the neighborhood of their new home to pass out “hikkoshi soba” (moving soba), to thank their new neighbors for dealing with any inconvenience caused by the move. This tradition had begun originally in the middle of the Edo Period (1603 to 1868), with azukigayu (rice gruel with azuki beans) or mochi. Because these were too expensive for the general population to afford, however, it became soba instead. Later, some ascribed meaning to the soba aspect of this tradition, saying it was a sort of pun: that the “soba,” which also means “close” in Japanese, meant you would live close to them for a long time, or that you wanted a relatively surface-level (thin) but long relationship with your neighbors, much like the shape of soba noodles. There was also an unspoken rule that said the soba would be handed out to a total of five houses: the two on either side of your new house; the one directly across the street; and the two houses on either side of the house across the street.

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

JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) holds Study in Japan Fairs overseas for high school and university students who wish to study in Japan. It also participates in and assists with events and company briefing sessions held by other organizations.

Information about the “Student Guide to Japan”

For all those considering studying in Japan, we recommend you to read the "Student Guide to Japan" first.
In addition to information on the Japanese education system, scholarships, and daily life in Japan, the guidebook also includes stories about international students' experiences in Japan.
You can read the guidebook on the JASSO website, so we encourage not only those who are considering studying in Japan, but also students already studying in Japan to take a look.

You can read it in 14 languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese), Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Myanmar language, Bengali, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, German, Mongolian, and Portuguese.

Official Facebook Pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices

JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices also provide the latest information on studying in Japan on our official Facebook pages. Check them out!

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

JASSO Scholarship Programs

Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”

The March 2019 issue will be published on March 11. 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):
Kobe 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.

New University Listing(s):
Kagoshima University

Job Hunting Guide for International Students

This guidebook provides a great amount of information for international students looking to job hunt in Japan. This covers everything you need to know, from the preparation process to the entry sheets, tests, changes to statuses of residence, and more, categorized by time period, and in an easy to understand language. The 2020 version of the guide is available now.

8. From a Reader / From the Editor

As a past recipient of a Japanese Government Research Student Scholarship (2006-2008, Sophia University) from the United States, I am pleased to inform you about my news, which relates to my research that I did during my time in Japan.

I produced and co-directed a documentary film about Brazilian immigrants living in Japan. The film, entitled One Day We Arrived in Japan, has been awarded the biennial David Plath Media Award, which is given to "the best work on any aspect of East Asian anthropology." For more details, please check the following link.

From the Editor
March is also a month of goodbyes. Some people are leaving their hometowns for the first time for university or for a job, and other people are leaving their neighborhoods behind for a new post, a new job. Everyone’s reasons and circumstances are different. It’s unrealistic to expect your relationships with other people to last forever, but even if you know in your heart that you have to say goodbye eventually, you usually become overwhelmed by a sense of melancholy and sadness when the time finally comes. Remember, however, that with every goodbye, you open the door to new encounters. You will have new friends in a new school, new coworkers and seniors at a new company, new colleagues at a new post, a new job. It’s only because you were able to say goodbye that you were able to build all these new relationships. There will always come a day when you meet again with those you said goodbye to, and rekindle old friendships. Until then, people will dream, and live out their new lives.

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 April 10. Don’t miss it!

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