Japan Alumni eNews (Vol. 125)
Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 125 September 10, 2019
- 1. Life in Japan by Photo -- Memories of Japan (Photographs from Readers)
- 2. Alumni News -- News on International Students / Study Abroad Testimonial / Alumni Associations / Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home
- 3. Academic News -- Introducing Universities / 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 -- Introducing Cities and Daily Life As a Study Abroad Student
- 6. NIPPON Information -- Lifestyle Information / Magazines and Brochures from Japanese Government
- 7. JASSO News -- 2019-2020 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) / “Job Hunting Guide for International Students”
- 8. 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 characters or less)
2. Name (katakana and alphabet)
4. Name of your school in Japan
Memories of Japan (Photographs from Readers)
The September edition of Life in Japan by Photo introduces Memories of Japan (honorific titles are omitted).
Daian Liu (China)
Title: Giving Yourself Over to the Passage of Time
2. Alumni News
Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!
News on International Students
NEWS 1: Japanese Government Plans to Engage in Policy Reform, Allowing International Students to Establish Companies While Still in School
On June 11, 2019, at the National Strategic Special Zone Advisory Meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence, the Japanese government announced their decision to move forward with policy reforms that would allow international students to establish and operate companies while still in school. Under current policy, international students are not allowed to change their visas while still students, and must take a break from school, make a temporary return to their home country, and re-apply for a visa if they are to establish a new company. The government is set to reform this policy in order to allow international students to change their visas while still in school. This is a part of their efforts to encourage the more effective utilization of foreign personnel and vitalize entrepreneurship in Japan, in line with their overarching Growth Strategy.
NEWS 2: Approximately 35% of Companies Have Hired Non-Regular Foreign Employees, and Over 50% Wish to Hire Them in the Future
The “Survey on Hiring of Foreign Personnel by Industry” was conducted in May 2019, towards a target group of 1,519 hiring managers in charge of hiring non-regular employees (part-time workers/temporary employees/contract employees). 34.7% of those surveyed said they were currently employing non-regular foreign employees, and 50.9% said they wanted to hire non-regular foreign employees in the future. In terms of company scale, 51.6% of large-scale companies with 300 or more regular employees said that they had hired non-regular foreign employees, as compared to 27.6% for mid-to small-scale companies. A large percentage of the issues voiced by hiring managers, in terms of their hiring of foreign employees, had to do with worries as to their language skills and cultural understanding, such as concern about their Japanese proficiency (57.1%) and differences in culture and values (40.6%). On the other hand, companies with experience hiring foreign employees said they were setting up educational programs for foreign employees (21.1%) and working to improve the language skills of Japanese employees (20.6%), in order to bring in more foreign workers. (The survey was conducted by Mynavi Corporation.)
Study Abroad Testimonial
Name: Suyashi Dwivedi
My exchange experience made me a global thinker.
I didn't believe in the power of being in an exchange program until last year, when I participated in the Marching J Cultural Exchange Program (Japan). I was designated as the Youth Cultural Ambassador of India 2018-2019.
After my own experience, I now believe that exchange students can help change some of the assumptions and preconceived ideas in their societies because people are more likely to accept the change from within their society rather than from the outside. That is why I strongly believe that an exchange experience is one of the most powerful ways to promote human beings and help end those centuries long conflicts that take our focus away from the real problems.
When I went to Japan last year, I was a 15-year-old Indian student who did not have much experience of overseas culture.
I tried to represent my country, including the Indian culture and tradition to the very best of my ability. It was really an excellent opportunity to begin my global exploration and to gain a stronger understanding of India-Japan culture and international relations.
I took part in the "Hello World Karaoke Contest," in which participants from 15 different countries participated, and I won the 2nd prize. I also got the opportunity to join the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships, where 35 Asian Countries participated, including India. I went to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to promote World Peace and become an international peace volunteer. I learned kendo (a traditional Japanese martial arts), sado (Japanese tea ceremony) and shodo (Japanese calligraphy). I cleared the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N4. The list of things I experienced is endless.
It was the opportunity to enhance my personal and cross-cultural communication skills, which will prove to be a great asset in my future.
Being thousands of miles from home was not always easy. Like everything in life, my experience had its ups but also its downs. The hard times helped me grow up and move away from my comfort zone to gain maturity and independence. One of the biggest challenges was the Japanese language.
In the end, I heartily thank the Japanese government. I have really no words to express my feelings. This exchange has inspired me to help others and give back to the community as well as to the nation, and I promise that I will work hard for that.
List of Japan Alumni Associations
Please refer to the List of Alumni Associations for former students available in the Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide.
Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home
Shinshu University International Alumni Group
The Shinshu University International Alumni Group was established in 2006, centered mainly around Japanese students that had been involved in international exchange. Today, the group is comprised of eight branches (Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Thailand, Mongolia, Vietnam, Shijiazhuang, and Malaysia) in addition to the main Matsumoto group. General meetings and informational exchange events are held once a year for the main group, and once every two years for the branches. The university itself also holds what is known as an International Exchange Meeting every three years, hosted by the Center for Global Education and Collaboration, and with participation from the school president, providing a wealth of support for alumni association activities.
3. Academic News
Introduction of scholarships, grants, unique activities at particular universities, and more!
Here we introduce you to particular faculties and graduate schools at Japanese universities.
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
University Profile (As of May 1, 2019)
Name: Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Address: 8916-5 Takayama-cho, Ikoma-shi, Nara
Number of Students: 1,038
International Students: 228
1. Overview of University (History, Mission, etc.)
The Nara Institute of Science and Technology was established in 1991 as a new kind of national graduate school without undergraduate programs, comprised of graduate schools in areas that are thought to form the base of society in the 21st century: information science, biological science, and materials science. Since its establishment, the school has engaged in world-class research in these three areas as well as in additional interdisciplinary areas, with an overall focus on experiments. Their results have been used to build systematic graduate school curriculums, through which the school provides structurally-based training to its students. There have been approximately 8,000 graduates of the master’s program, and 1,600 in the doctoral program, many of whom are now working as researchers and technicians/engineers in a variety of fields.
2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments
In 2018, the Nara Institute of Science and Technology was restructured into one graduate school, the Graduate School of Science and Technology, with a focus on interdisciplinary education, in order to establish an educational/research system that can adapt more flexibly to the constant advancements in cutting-edge science and technologies. This graduate school houses the Program of Information Science and Engineering, the Program of Biological Science, and the Program of Materials Science and Engineering in line with the three former graduate schools, as well as additional interdisciplinary programs like the Program of Computational Biology, the Program of Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems, the Program of Bionanotechnology, and the Program of Data Science.
3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support and Tuition Reduction)
The Nara Institute of Science and Technology offers on-campus student dormitories, with regular international students given priority. The school also offers tutors that provide support as to procedures at the city office, bank, etc., so that you can more smoothly transition into your life as a student in Japan. There are also international student social representatives and an International Researcher Support Center that provide advice on other, more general issues, as well as daily life support for families of international students (childbirth-/childcare-related, support for children’s school-related procedures, etc.). There is also a tuition reduction program that provides financial support in the form of a 50% tuition reduction, and that is in use by many privately-financed international students.
4. Other Types of Support for International Students (Employment, International Exchange, etc.)
The Nara Institute of Science and Technology offers advisors specifically for international students, and works to provide job hunting support in a multitude of ways. The school also hosts events like NAIST Tea Time, meant to encourage socialization and intercultural understanding amongst students, their families, and local residents, and the International Exchange Forum, in which students and non-school related affiliates meet and socialize amongst one another. There is also the International Student Japan Trip, which is meant to teach new international students about Japanese culture, and encourage them to make friends with one another. The school offers mental health care as well, in the form of counselors specifically for international students, an international student ambassador program with peer counseling, etc.
Information about Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.
Nitori International Scholarship Foundation
Foreign International Student Scholarship 2020
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:
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, 2020 is “Student,” and who have an address in Japan (including those with plans to reside in an address in Japan). Those whose status of residence is “Permanent Residence” must apply for our Japanese University Student Scholarship.
(2) Year/degree program
Applicants who, as of April 1, 2020, 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).
*Those who have applied before, or who are enrolled in the first semester of a doctoral program or a dual master’s and doctoral program may also apply. Those who are repeating a year of their program and/or are enrolled in a doctoral program may not apply.
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
- The foundation does not allow recipients to receive multiple scholarships. Recipients may, however, receive university-funded tuition exemptions and loan-based scholarships at the same time.
- Recipients who are chosen for this scholarship and another scholarship at the same time must choose which one they will receive.
- If recipients are found to be receiving the scholarship alongside another scholarship, they will immediately lose their status as a scholarship recipient, and will be asked to refund the entire amount of the scholarship for the overlap period.
3. Number of Recipients:
Approximately 100 students
4. Scholarship Amount:
80,000 yen per month
5. Scholarship Duration:
Typically 1 year
*Scholarship provision begins after April 2020
6. Application Method:
Fill out and submit the application form on the Nitori International Scholarship Foundation official website.
7. Application Deadline:
Thursday, October 31, 2019
*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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Information about International Symposium
Salt Science Symposium 2019
The theme of this symposium is “Sea Water, Salt, and Hot Springs.” It will cover the latest research findings in topics like the formation of hot springs with high sodium content, which is intimately connected to the cause of massive earthquakes and the origin of volcanoes; submarine hydrothermal polymetallic ore created by hot springs on the ocean floor, which are gathering attention as Japan’s latest new mineral resource; and the medical effects of chloride springs (salt springs), which will be useful in promoting health. These will be explained in easy-to-understand ways.
*This symposium will be held in Japanese.
Date/Time: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Venue: 1F Small Hall, Kyurian (5-18-1 Higashioi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)
Japanese Academic Association
You can use the Gakkai Meikan (Academic Association) website to search for major academic groups in Japan.
Japanese Language Tests
4. Business News
JASSO provides information about job-search for both current and graduate international students!
Information About Job Hunting Related Events
Job Hunting Event Information
Events for International Students
Useful Websites for International Students
Job Hunting Report
Name: Zhang Jing
I decided to study abroad in Japan because of Japanese movies I watched before I entered university. I was really captivated by the Japan that I saw in films, and wanted to visit. I also thought Japanese itself was a very beautiful language, and chose to study it at university. I went to Japan through a study abroad program when I was a third-year university student. I became interested in the country because Japanese culture and interpersonal relations are so different from China’s, and I wanted to stay in Japan forever, even after the end of my year of study abroad. So, when I graduated from university in China, I decided to study abroad in Japan as a graduate student for two years.
After completing graduate school in Japan, I returned temporarily to Beijing, China, and worked at a travel agency in Beijing for about a year and a half. After that, I began working for a tourism/travel agency that handled trips to Japan. While there, I became involved in a project for trips to the Kyushu area. I’d never been to Kyushu before, so I went to Japan again and traveled in Kyushu. That was when I learned that the Japanese Embassy in Beijing was looking for Chinese people who could speak Japanese and could serve as Coordinators of International Relations. I applied for the job, was accepted, and worked for a year at a city office in Nagasaki Prefecture, from April 2018.
During my training, I learned that there were a lot more Chinese people traveling to Japan in recent years, and that it’s even become somewhat of a craze. Through this, I learned that there was a lot of potential for Japan in terms of the Chinese market. I realized that I, as someone who understands both China and Japan, might grasp things that other people didn’t, and decided to work in the inbound travel industry. I returned to Tokyo and started working at my current company.
In the future, I want to convey to Chinese people what Japan is really like, what’s great about it, and vice versa, deepening the two countries’ understanding of one another, and creating opportunities for people from China and Japan to be friends with each other.
The most important thing in job hunting, for me, was keeping in mind that my own experiences and the challenges that I’ve faced are actually really important. Those experiences are what I draw on even now in my work, and serve as the basis for deciding what jobs you would be good at. In that sense, I think experience is really very important.
For interviews, I don’t think it matters so much if your Japanese isn’t very good, if you’re able to be confident and convey what you want to say and what you can do for the company.
Job Hunting Information Article
Make Use of Your University’s Career Center
Most universities in Japan have what is known as a Career Center, wherein universities provide job hunting support to their students. Though the name of this center may differ depending on the school (Career Center, Employment Department, Employment Division, etc.), their main purpose is the same.
We recommend that you consult your Career Center well before starting job hunting, and not when your job hunting process is already in full swing, since in many cases these centers tend to have job hunting professionals, like career consultants, on hand at all times to give advice. Consulting the Career Center at an early stage can be the key to success for international students in particular, since they tend to be unfamiliar with the highly structured and unusual job hunting process for new graduates in Japan.
Some universities also offer alumni-oriented services that you can use even after you graduate, including private consultations, access to OB/OG* directories, rental of job hunting-related literature, and e-mail newsletters for international students. Contact the Career Center at your school for details.
*OB/OG stand for “Old Boy” and “Old Girl,” and refer to alumni who graduated from your university and now work in companies. In Japan, students in the process of job hunting will often visit these alumni to ask them about what they do at work, their work environment, etc., and use the information to inform their job hunt.
The Career Center’s Role
The Career Center’s role differs depending on the school.
1. Hosting Seminars, Events, etc.
In addition to providing guidance on job hunting and employment, Career Centers often host business Japanese and self-analysis workshops that may come in handy during job hunting, interview workshops, and seminars on Japanese companies, industry research, etc. They may also host events that work to connect job hunting students with alumni, such as alumni lectures, alumni forums, etc.
2. Offering Private Consultations
Career Centers will provide consultation on a variety of employment-related matters. They will offer advice not only for job hunting, but also in terms of your long-term career plans, etc. Some universities may even have staff members with professional certifications (career consultants, career advisors, international student career advisors, etc.) on staff at all times, which means you can receive professional advice.
3. Listing Job Postings
Though more and more students now look for job postings on the Internet themselves, there are still many benefits to browsing your university’s job postings database (job posting system limited by university). These databases allow you to search for exclusive information like locally-oriented jobs, university-specific job postings, etc., that you may not be able to find through general Internet searches, and that often allow you to apply on the spot. Some companies also offer recommendation programs that are limited to specific universities, so we recommend you consult your Career Center for information.
4. Acting as Intermediary for Internships
Career Centers in some universities work with companies to offer internship opportunities for their students. Career Centers may also host internship-oriented company information sessions.
5. Hosting Joint Company Information Sessions
These information sessions, hosted by the university itself, are company information sessions comprised of multiple companies that wish to hire new graduates. These sessions often feature alumni that work at the companies, in addition to the companies’ hiring managers, meaning you can often get a more raw and in-depth look at the companies in question.
6. Offering Reference Rooms
Some Career Centers offer reference rooms stocked with employment-related literature and magazines, newspapers, employment-related information/publications for international students, etc., that in some cases are even available for rental.
Useful tools provided by Career Centers include alumni referral systems for alumni visits, alumni job hunting accounts, job hunting literature created by the center (job hunting handbooks, etc.), job hunting support programs on PC/smartphones, literature on the various industries, and more.
Some Career Centers offer services specifically for international students, including international student daily life help desks, websites that list job hunting information for international students, employment handbooks for international students, job hunting schedules for international students, and more.
5. Visit Japan
In this section, we bring you information about areas that are home to universities and more! The September issue looks at Jimbocho in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Jimbocho in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, sometimes referred to as Kanda-Jimbocho, has long been known as a student town, and a town of books. Jimbocho is one of the largest-scale used book districts in the world. So much so, in fact, that it’s said there isn’t a single book you can’t find in Jimbocho. In addition to used book stores, the area also has stores that sell sports goods, hiking goods, musical instruments, and more. The Jimbocho area is always lively with people, mostly students. It boasts food establishments that are relatively cheap despite being located in central Tokyo, and is known in particular for the intense competition amongst the many Japanese curry restaurant in the area. Compared to the more elevated area known as “Yamanote,” Jimbocho is located in what is called the “Shitamachi,” which was home to the common people and is closer to the ocean and river. Nowadays, the area is known as one of the only places in Tokyo that has retained its “back street culture,” with its narrow alleyways. In the Edo Period (1800s), “back streets” referred to the areas in the Shitamachi even further beyond the alleys that split off from the main road. These areas were home to common people who lived in rented houses, and who filled the atmosphere with the hustle and bustle of daily life.
In the Meiji Period (1880s), there were many schools built in Jimbocho. Since then, the area has naturally grown as a student town. Even the used book district is said to have developed from the tradition of graduating students giving their used textbooks away to the students under them at school. The area is still home to many universities, vocational schools, prep schools, and more. Walk up the hill from Jimbocho towards Ochanomizu station, and you will also come across both a national and private medical school and dentist school. The area has many public facilities as well, with Chiyoda Public Library on the way to Kudanshita Station, and Kando Machikado Library on the way to JR Kanda Station.
There are many kinds of used book stores in the area that specialize in different genres and categories, in addition to those that sell textbooks, research literature, etc. For instance, there are stores that specialize in Western books, as well as topics like subculture, music, vehicles, and manga. Most of these used book stores are built so they face north in order to avoid sunlight, since used books tend to deteriorate quickly under sunlight. Once a year in autumn, the area hosts the Kanda Used Book Festival, where 1 million books are put for sale at discount prices in what is called “Aozora Furuhon City.” The event is also popular for its exhibition and sale of rare used books, as well as their used book auctions.
Jimbocho is also home to the National Institute of Informatics, which conducts research on cutting-edge topics like the foundations of mathematics, artificial intelligence, big data, IoT, and information security. The institute is shared amongst all universities, and houses large-scale equipment, enormous amounts of data, etc. that would be difficult to establish in a single university. It is also provided with literature, analytical methods, etc., by researchers from all over Japan, free of charge.
To get around in this area, you can go to Jimbocho Station, which is on the subway. Jimbocho is also only about a 10-minute subway ride (including transfer) from Tokyo Station, from which you can access most major cities in Japan. Some of the main JR lines in Tokyo are also located nearby. The area is easy to access and get around in general, with many subway stations located within walking distance. Since it is a student town, the crime rate is generally low, even for Tokyo. Because it is located in central Tokyo, however, rent tends to be expensive (100,000 yen or more per month for a room about 20-30m2).
6. NIPPON Information
This section introduces information on Japan for international students!
Saury is the most well-known autumnal food in Japan. Thin and long, with a sharp, pointed head, dark blue back, and silver stomach, they can grow up to 30 centimeters in size. In Japan, they are often salt-grilled whole and eaten as such, along with grated daikon radish, freshly-squeezed citrus juices (sudachi, yuzu, etc.) and soy sauce. Saury caught in autumn tend to have more fat on them, and because they are cheap and delicious, have become a staple food for the general population.
In Japan, people who like saury will eat the whole fish, even the innards. Saury do have a distinct bitterness, since they do not have stomachs and digest their foods in a short period of time, but are still delicious when cooked and eaten whole, innards and all. In recent years there are more and more ways to eat saury in addition to the usual salt-grilling: for instance as sashimi, sushi, and more. Though saury do tend to be easily damaged and rot quickly, advancements in refrigeration technologies have meant they can now be used for a variety of dishes. The tradition of eating saury was previously limited to the far east regions of Japan and Russia. Nowadays, however, the boom in Japanese food in China has led to increased saury consumption there as well.
There are regions all across Japan that boast saury as their local specialty: Nemuro City in Hokkaido, Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture and Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku area, Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture in the Kanto area, and Kumano City, Mie Prefecture in the Chubu area. This is because saury fishing is conducted from August to November, in time with the saury’s arrival to the waters of Japan in the Pacific Ocean, bringing an influx of cheap, fresh saury to Japan. There is also a famous saury festival held every autumn in Meguro-ku, Tokyo. Meguro, however, is not known for its saury. Instead, the event’s origin is based in the Edo Period rakugo (traditional Japanese spoken word show) called “The Autumn Saury of Meguro,” which was set near Meguro.
Magazines and Brochures from Japanese Government
Providing public relations materials regarding Japan, including culture and sport.
7. JASSO News
Information about JASSO Scholarship programs, invitation programs, Study in Japan Fairs, and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).
Study in Japan Fairs in FY 2019
JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) holds Study in Japan Fairs overseas for high school and university students who wish to study in Japan. It also participates in and assists with events and company briefing sessions held by other organizations.
Fiscal Year 2019 International Student Associations in Japan Network Promotion Project
Information about the “Student Guide to Japan”
For all those considering studying in Japan, we recommend you to read the "Student Guide to Japan" first.
In addition to information on the Japanese education system, scholarships, and daily life in Japan, the guidebook also includes stories about international students' experiences in Japan.
You can read the guidebook on the JASSO website, so we encourage not only those who are considering studying in Japan, but also students already studying in Japan to take a look.
You can read it in 14 languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese), Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Myanmar language, Bengali, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, German, Mongolian, and Portuguese.
Official Facebook Pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices
JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices also provide the latest information on studying in Japan on our official Facebook pages. Check them out!
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
JASSO Scholarship Programs
Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”
Please read the September 2019 issue. It will be available on September 10.
Follow-up Research Fellowship (Invitation Program)
This program provides former international students who play active roles in education, research and government in their home countries with an opportunity to conduct short term research at universities in Japan.
Follow-up Research Guidance (Dispatching Research Advisors)
This program provides Japanese academic advisors with an opportunity to visit and to help further research of former international students who are teaching and/or researching at universities or research institutes in their home countries.
New University Listing(s) this Month:
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Job Hunting Guide for International Students
This guidebook provides a great amount of information for international students looking to job hunt in Japan. This covers everything you need to know, from the preparation process to the entry sheets, tests, changes to statuses of residence, and more, categorized by time period, and in an easy to understand language.
8. From the Editor
In Japan, autumn is often referred to as “fruitful autumn.” This refers generally to rice, which is a staple food in Japan. Long ago, Japanese people watched the fruitful growth of the rice plant, whose seeds came to be known as “rice.” They observed the stalks of the rice plant drooping from the weight of the seeds at the end, and complimented its appearance, saying “The more fruitful the harvest, the more its head droops.” They even made analogies as to the appearance of the rice plant, relating it to how human beings should behave, as in the saying, “As humans deepen their virtue and academic knowledge, they become humbler.” The flip side of this saying is, “The narrower the heart and shallower the mind, the more proud and arrogant a human shall behave.”
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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