Japan Alumni eNews (Vol. 126)
Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 126 October 10, 2019
- 1. Life in Japan by Photo -- October in Japan
- 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 / Get to Know Japan / 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
October in Japan
The October edition of Life in Japan by Photo introduces “October in Japan.”
2. Alumni News
Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!
News on International Students
NEWS 1: The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Comes in 9th in World Research Institute Rankings
The U.K.-based Springer Nature, publisher of the science journal “nature,” released its “Nature Index 2019,” which compiles information on the research results, scientific papers, etc., of the world’s top research institutions. Coming in 9th in the research institute rankings was the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). The new rankings are “adjusted” for the ratio of high-level natural science papers within the institution, as well as the size of the institution itself, and are not solely based on the number of papers presented by the institution. As a result, it seems that even smaller institutions that are conducting high-level research have moved upwards in the rankings. “nature” theorizes that OIST’s new ranking was most supported by their research in the fields of physics and biology.
NEWS 2: MEXT Deploys Japanese Language Instruction Advisors for the Growing Population of Foreign Children
In July, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) began its deployment of Japanese Language Instruction Advisors, in order to provide advice to boards of education, help refine teacher training programs, etc., and thus improve the quality of education for the growing population of foreign children. The advisors are to serve as instructors for educational training and give advice regarding the education of foreign children within municipalities, the establishment and implementation of special educational programs for children requiring language instruction, the training of teachers for foreign students at universities, etc. Nine of these advisors have already been selected, and the costs required to deploy these advisors are to be paid for by MEXT.
Study Abroad Testimonial
Name: Liu Xubin
I completed my undergraduate studies in China in 2017, studied at a Japanese language school in Japan, and in April 2019, entered the Business Administration Course at the Graduate School of Business Administration in Senshu University. Now I do research on the motivation of Chinese employees in Japanese companies in China, under Professor Hiroishi at Senshu University. I’m particularly interested in how miscommunication due to Japanese-Chinese cultural differences affect the motivation of Chinese employees, and have focused on this in my research. I have so much to learn as a researcher, and at this point I’m just going over previous research, but doing this, and getting to hear my professors’ opinions, is very fun and my days are full of new discoveries.
The school has a building specifically for graduate students, which means I can really devote myself to my research. There are computers and printers in the building that you can use for free, as well as a free-to-use LAN network installed across the entire school that you can use at any time. The library also has an enormous array of books and literature, and amazing reference services. For instance, if you can’t find a book you want to read, they’ll borrow it from another university for you.
Even after I complete my master’s degree, I’m planning to stay in Japan and work in a Japanese company. And I want to do my part (however small) in forging a more friendly relationship between Japan and China.
List of Japan Alumni Associations
Introduction of Support for International Students Returning Home
The University of Aizu
The University of Aizu boasts foreign academic personnel and international students from more than a dozen countries, and uses this network to provide continuous support, from employment to networking opportunities even after employment. In the past, alumni who found employment as academic personnel at the China University of Geosciences and the LNBTI in Sri Lanka drove the establishment of inter-university exchange agreements, 3+2 and 2+2 programs, etc. These programs are ongoing, with student exchanges happening every year since. The connections made through these study abroad and joint research experiences have allowed for a system with a positive cycle of academic communication.
Center for Globalization
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.
Kyoto Institute of Technology
University Profile (as of May 2019)
Name: Kyoto Institute of Technology
Matsugasaki Campus: Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, 606-8585 Kyoto
Saga Campus: Saga Ippongi-cho, Ukyo-ku, 616-8354 Kyoto
Fukuchiyama Campus: 3385 Hori, Fukuchiyama, 620-0886 Kyoto
Number of Students: Undergraduate 2,666 / Graduate 1,278
International Students: Undergraduate 78 / Graduate 110
1. Overview of University (History, Mission, etc.)
In pursuing education and research at Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), students develop and maintain both an aesthetic awareness and a scientific perspective. They acquire intercultural awareness and communication skills through overseas internships and training in global-level leadership skills. KIT graduates are human resources capable of leading projects, creating solutions and delivering successful project outcomes. To foster the highly skilled engineers referred to as Tech Leaders, KIT begins at the undergraduate level to implement programs that reliably enhance professional leadership and foreign language ability as “industry competencies.” This training is comprehensive and consistently built into the academic programs up through the doctoral program.
2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments
International Graduate Program (IGP)
This course is specially designed for students who wish to complete their master's and/or doctoral degree in English. In addition to the usual two-year master's course and three-year doctoral course, the IGP offers a four-year combined master’s and doctoral course. Scholarships and other types of assistance, specifically for IGP students, are available for students with excellent academic records.
3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support and Tuition Reduction)
From among those who apply, Kyoto Institute of Technology selects academically high achieving students who can demonstrate financial need, and awards them with a 50% tuition fee or registration fee, or a 100% exemption. Some applicants are granted a tuition fee or registration fee postponement. For more information see the link below, or go to the “Student Support (Seikatsu Shien) / Registration Fee and Tuition Fee Exemption Application” section of the KIT website.
4. Other Types of Support for International Students (Employment, International Exchange, etc.)
Each international student is assigned a peer tutor who provides language, academic and “living in Japan” support to ease student adaptation to life in Japan. In addition, Kyoto Institute of Technology provides opportunities for international students to interact with domestic students through student gatherings, international partner institution workshops, and other student and research exchanges.
In addition to regular employment support, Kyoto Institute of Technology holds seminars and guidance specially targeted to international students, posts notices on international student graduate job fairs in Japan and provides job hunting support in cooperation with Kyoto municipal and prefectural governments. For further information, please see the link below.
Information about Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.
Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan
Scholarship for Self-Financed Chinese International Students
Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan provides scholarships and grants in order to encourage student exchange between Japan and China. It is the foundation’s hope that these scholarships and grants will contribute to the advancement of mutual understanding and friendly relations between the countries of Japan and China.
2. Application Requirements:
Applicants must be self-financed Chinese international students (including students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) who, as of April 1, 2020, are 3rd year undergraduate students or above at a Japanese university, or who are students in or about to enter a Japanese graduate school, and who are deemed to require financial assistance as an international student, physically healthy, and academically distinguished.
3. Application Requirements:
Submit the following documents via postal mail.
(1) Application form
(2) Recommendation letter by an academic advisor (must be sealed by the recommender; Japanese only)
(4) Research proposal
(5) One of the following:
(a) If an undergraduate/graduate school student at time of application: Certificate of enrollment
(b) If entering graduate school in April 2020: Copy of letter of acceptance
(6) Academic transcript
(7) Copy of a residence certificate provided by a municipal office, or a clear and legible copy of your residence card (one or the other)
(8) A copy of your passport
(9) If you have taken the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, Examination for Japanese University Admission, etc.: A copy of a certificate proving your score for the applicable test
(10) A self-addressed envelope
Download documents (1) to (3) on the official Toka Kyoiku Bunka Koryu Zaidan website.
Information about International Symposium
The Reality of Higher Brain Dysfunction and the Role of Psychology (Kanazawa Venue)
The evaluation and treatment of higher brain dysfunction requires the coordination of many specialists and their cooperation as a team. This symposium introduces the current reality of higher brain dysfunction in the medical field, and discusses the role of psychology within this reality.
Date/Time: Sunday, November 10, 2019 / 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. (Venue opens 12:30 P.M.)
Venue: Kanazawa University Satellite Plaza (Kanazawa City Nishicho Educational Training Building, 3-16 Nishicho, Kanazawa-shi)
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: Jiang Quanhong
I graduated from university in China with a degree in Japanese studies. I studied Japanese for two years and knew vocabulary and grammar, but couldn’t speak a word. Right around then, however, I discovered an opportunity to study at a Japanese university through a student exchange program, and applied. I went to study abroad in Japan because after all my studying of Japanese, I wanted to see what Japan was actually like, and also because I wanted to improve my Japanese language skills.
I spent my 3rd and 4th years of university in Japan and grew to like it more and more, because of how good the food was, how nice it was to live here, and many other reasons. I found a job in Japan because I wanted to live in Japan longer, even after graduating.
I was very anxious when I first started the job hunting process, but it went well because of all the support I received from my advisors and from my university’s job hunting instructors. I think the most important thing in job hunting is to prepare for the entry sheet. I personally wrote many versions of my self-introduction, and asked my instructors and professors to revise them many times. I think writing a proper entry sheet is very important at the beginning of the job hunting process. After that, I memorized what I’d written on the entry sheet, and practiced so that I’d be able to discuss it with confidence. I spent a lot of time practicing in front of the mirror at my house. In my opinion, the most important thing when you’re at an interview is to not be nervous. Companies seem most focused on whether you have a grasp of your strengths and interests, and if you are able to explain them properly. The greatest thing would be if my juniors, when they find a job, are able to understand their own strengths and do what they’re interested in.
I also think it’s very important to work a part-time job. Working a part-time job allows you to learn about how people interact in Japan, and will help you improve your Japanese. I don’t know what I’ll do in the future, but this will be my second year working at this company, so for now I just want to work as hard as I can to fulfill the duties of my current job.
Name: Li Huizhong
The Japanese singer Kana Nishino became popular in China when I was a 2nd year at university, and I started studying Japanese because I really wanted to understand the lyrics of her songs. When I was a 4th year, I passed the JLPT N1 and decided to study abroad in Japan.
I like going around hot springs, and while I was a student at Seikei University, I spent my weekends and holidays going to the famous hot spring districts located all over Japan. Along the way, I was impressed and inspired by the level of hospitality that I experienced everywhere in Japan, and decided to work in the tourism industry in order to help provide this omotenashi (Japanese-style hospitality) myself as well.
In August 2016, I did an internship at the Prince Hotels. I learned that the Japanese government is putting a lot of effort into the tourism industry, and that Prince Hotels is always on the path of innovation, and decided to work for the company.
It’s important, of course, to broaden your horizons through your own efforts. However, if you also consider government policy and the management policies of the companies you’re applying for, and select the companies that will let you build on your own abilities, you may discover a future you wouldn’t even have dreamed of. I think if you look beyond salary and benefits and choose the companies you apply to more holistically, you’ll find you’re a natural fit for many of them.
When you fill out your entry sheet, you shouldn’t just write endlessly about your own experiences. Instead, make sure you have a deep understanding of the kind of person the company wants, find something in your history that fits this ideal, and write about the kind of results you achieved and how you felt in this effort, so that the company can get a grasp on who you are as a person. Get past the document screening stage, and the interviews that follow will generally be about confirming who you are as a person, and your interest in the company, so it’ll go well if you practice. I think you could so far as to say that those who receive job offers are those that succeed in their entry sheets.
I’m currently in my second year working as a room clerk at the Tokyo Prince Hotel. I have juniors now, and I teach them about my own work experiences and how to interact with foreign guests, and I am highly motivated with regards to my work. As we move towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, I want to work as hard as I can every day to bring smiles to the faces of all of our customers.
Job Hunting Information Article
Job Hunting for September 2020 and March 2021 Graduates
As summer vacation draws to a close, more and more students will begin their preparations for job hunting. International students thinking of working in Japan should research the job hunting schedule of Japanese university students as the first step in their job hunting process. Japanese companies employ a recruitment method that is used almost nowhere else in the world, providing job offers to students that are expected to graduate (known as “shinsotsu,” or “new graduates”) while they are still in school, and hiring them all at the same time. International students in particular must work to do research and start their efforts earlier than Japanese students if they are to succeed in job hunting in Japan.
Until March 2020: Preparing for Job Hunting
Job hunting officially begins in March. Make sure to complete all your preparations for job hunting by this time. We recommend that you engage in industry/company research, in which you research the industries and companies you’re interested in, conduct self-analysis in order to understand your strengths and weaknesses, and fill in the entry sheets that you’ll need for the document screening process. More and more companies are also offering internships during winter and spring vacation. Be proactive about applying to the companies that interest you.
March 2020: Company Recruitment Efforts Begin
Starting March 1, companies will begin posting new-graduate recruitment information for 3rd years at university (1st year master’s students and 2nd year doctoral students). Company information sessions will also begin, and job hunting will go into full swing. During this time, students will submit their entry sheets, participate in information sessions, take written exams, and more.
June 2020: Company Hiring Process Begins
June 1 is when many companies begin their hiring process. Many companies conduct three interviews for each potential hire, and those that pass all of the interviews will receive a nainaitei (unofficial job offer). A nainaitei means that the company has promised to offer you a naitei (a job offer).
October 2020: Naitei (Job Offers) Handed Out
On October 1, companies will officially hand out their naitei (job offers). Some companies will also hold a naitei ceremony for all of the students whose naitei have been determined. ‘
This is but a brief overview of the usual schedule for new-graduate hires in Japan, and there are companies that take action earlier than this schedule would suggest. International students in particular should look up the job hunting schedule for the industries and companies they are interested in, while in their 3rd year at university (1st year for master’s students and 2nd year for doctoral students).
5. Visit Japan
Introducing universities and other regions throughout Japan! The October issue features the city of Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture.
Study abroad life and the city
Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture
Nishinomiya is a city located in the eastern part of Hyogo Prefecture. It is located right between the famous port town of Kobe and Osaka, the largest city in western Japan, and has prospered as a commuter town for the two cities. Nishinomiya is home to nine universities and junior colleges and is a college town that houses about 36,000 students.
The area around Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station, Hankyu Kobe Main Line in particular has many universities and junior colleges and is popular with students, seeing as it is also home to the Nishonomiya City University Exchange Center (a social hub for universities and junior colleges in the city). The shopping mall next to Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station, Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens, has 260 stores as well as a movie theater and a rooftop garden, and is crowded with families and couples on the weekends. The area is also highly convenient, with public facilities like the city office, city hall, library and the sports center located around the station.
Hop on the train from Nishinomiya, and you can get to Kobe in approximately 30 minutes, and Osaka in approximately 20 minutes. Nishinomiya is easy to get to from foreign countries as well, with non-stop buses that go to and from Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport. It is also very safe, with higher rent relative to the rest of the prefecture due to the city’s popularity as a commuter town for people whose commute to the many companies located in Kobe and Osaka. In many cases, however, you can still limit your rent to somewhere in the range of 50,000 yen if you select a 1R or 1K apartment*.
*1R / 1K: In Japan, the terms 1R, 1K, 1DK, 1LDK, etc., are used to describe the room configuration in apartments/houses. 1R is an abbreviation of “1 Room,” and indicates that the apartment/house has one room. 1K is an abbreviation of “1 Kitchen,” and indicates that the apartment has one room as well as a separate kitchen space. Students living on their own in Japan generally elect to live in 1R or 1K apartments.
Nishinomiya is home to about 6,700 foreigners, including international students at its universities and junior colleges and those who work for companies in Kobe and Osaka. The Nishinomiya City International Association works to support foreign residents in the city, conducting social events, hosting Japanese language classes, and more. Some companies that are headquartered in Nishinomiya even offer internships targeted towards international students. There is also a well-established system to support job hunting amongst international students, with the Consortium of Universities in Hyogo offering internship programs for international students, hosting joint company information sessions, and more.
Nishinomiya is home to the Hanshin Koshien Stadium, which is known as the mecca of baseball, a very popular sport in Japan. The stadium was established in 1924, and has served as the venue for the national baseball tournament held every year in the summer, referred to colloquially as the “Summer Koshien.” The Summer Koshien is a major, iconic event in the Japanese summer, with all matches broadcast live on TV, and a fervent energy surrounding the whole event every year. Nishinomiya was also the setting for the anime series “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” and is listed in the Anime Tourism Association’s “Japanese Anime 88-Spots,” a list of must-visit anime spots in Japan.
6. NIPPON Information
This section introduces information on Japan for international students!
The hanko (personal seal) is a unique element of Japanese culture that evolved as a way to verify people’s identities on official documents. The hanko is a tool used in place of a signature to verify your identity, and is also referred to as an “inkan.” Even today, many processes in Japan require the use of hanko. As such, if you are an international student who will be living in Tokyo for more than a year, it will be much more convenient for you to have one. Hanko was originally used in Europe, China, etc., for identity verification purposes. This practice, however, fell into decline as time passed, with most of the world now using signatures as their go-to method for identity verification. Indeed, Japan may be the only country in the world where hanko is still in day-to-day use.
There are three types of hanko in Japan, each serving different purposes. You are not required to have all three, and can substitute them for each other. The following are the different types of hanko and when you will need them.
(1) Mitome-in (unregistered seal): Receiving packages, verification processes at government offices, etc., contracts (relatively low-importance contracts that do not require a registered seal)
(2) Ginko-in (bank seal): Opening a bank account, withdrawing savings via passbook
(3) Jitsu-in (registered seal): Real estate transactions, automobile transactions, inheritance-related procedures, establishing a company
(1) is also referred to as “sanmonban” (ready-made seal) and is the most commonly used form of hanko in Japan, since most Japanese people can buy cheap, ready-made hanko that are already inscribed with their last names. (2) is a hanko that you register at the bank when you open a bank account. Though you will not need it to withdraw money from ATMs, you will need it when opening additional accounts, withdrawing money via passbook, etc., so make sure not to lose it. It is best to keep this hanko separate from (1), since it deals directly with your finances. (3) is most likely unnecessary for international students, but is used when purchasing real estate, cars, etc., and establishing companies. The jitsu-in (registered seal) is used as a set alongside the “Certificate of Registered Seal” document. If an international student wanted to acquire this certificate, they would have to go to the municipal office in which they are registered a resident, with the jitsu-in they would like to register and their Residence Card, and submit an “Inkan Registration Application.”
Now, how would you create your own hanko? Japanese people use hanko with their last names written on them in Kanji characters, but foreigners tend to use hanko with their last names written in alphabet or in katakana. However, since ready-made hanko are oriented towards Japanese people and you will most likely be unable to find a ready-made hanko with your name on it, you will need to have it custom-made. There are hanko stores in many shopping districts and supermarkets, so it may be good to visit one and ask them what you should do. If you don’t feel like going out and buying one, you can also check out the many online hanko stores, which will let you specify the alphabet/katakana characters you want for your hanko.
Get to Know Japan
In this section, we will introduce topics on culture, technology, lifestyle and much more in Japan. This October edition focuses on Tokyo’s current progress with regards to the Tokyo Olympics (coming up next year) and the cutting-edge technologies utilized in this process.
The Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year will be held on July 24. How is the preparation going, with less than a year left until the Olympics?
There are eight facilities that are to be newly built for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. As of September 2019, five of these are complete. Construction on the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza finished particularly early, in November 2017. The facility is now hosting sports events, concerts, etc., in advance of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Since it is also open to the public, you can see what it’s like to play sports in an Olympic venue, even before the athletes.
The remaining three facilities are still in construction as of August 2019. Many cutting-edge technologies are being used in the construction of the New National Stadium, which is to be the venue for the Opening Ceremony. For instance, the stadium is to have a system that blows air across all of the seats, in order to combat the extreme heat of the Japanese summer, and the structure of the stadium is based on what is called the “soft first story system,” an earthquake-resistant design. Construction on the New National Stadium is to be completed in November 2019, and in December, there is to be an opening event featuring former track athlete Usain Bolt.
There are also various other preparations underway, in addition to the construction of these facilities. For instance, the roads for the marathon course are in the process of being made heat-insulated and water-retentive, in order to combat the heat. Heat insulation paving and water-retentive paving are technologies developed by Japanese companies, and they are expected to bring down the surface temperature of the roads. There are also efforts underway to translate road signs and directions into multiple languages and implement various pictograms, in order to deal with the influx of foreign tourists. Tokyo is using the Olympics as an opportunity to provide an even higher level of omotenashi (Japanese-style hospitality) to foreigners and tourists, across the city as a whole.
Preparation towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is about more than building these facilities and creating a “better” city, however. The registration of volunteers to support the operation of the games is also complete. A total of 200,000 people applied, of which 36% were foreigners. Many foreigners, including international students, are working proactively on Japan’s behalf towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, said in July 2019, “I can really say that I have never seen any Olympic city being so ready with their preparations one year before the Games as Tokyo already is,” speaking highly of the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will mark the first time that a Summer Olympics has been held twice in the same city in Asia. Tokyo is now on its last spring towards the Olympics.
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.
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 October 2019 issue. It will be available on October 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.
New University Listing(s) This Month:
The University of Tokyo
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.
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
A very good example of something that is normal in Japan, but surprises foreigners, is how common it is to find raw eggs in various dishes. Maybe you’ve gone to a gyudon (beef bowl) or soba chain and discovered that raw egg is available as an option for toppings. Eating raw egg is actually very common in Japan. Other than a few countries in Europe, most countries in the world do not have a culture of eating raw eggs. This is because raw eggs are thought to carry significant risk of food poisoning (illness caused by eating contaminated food). So why is it that this practice is so common in Japan? The reason has to do with the very structured and thorough food hygiene management in Japan. Chickens are given hygienically clean food from when they are chicks, and the eggs they lay are put through cleansing, inspection, sorting, etc., with barely any human contact, then packaged and shipped. This is the reason why in Japan, we are able to enjoy raw eggs with our breakfasts every morning. If you look up “tamagokake-gohan” (raw egg on rice) on the Internet, you will discover many different ways to eat this delicious dish, as well as many stores that offer it. The tamagokake-gohan, with its fresh, rich egg on top of steaming hot new rice, simple as it may be, may even be considered the pinnacle of Japanese food by some.
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 November 8. Don’t miss it!
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