Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 136 August 7, 2020

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 136

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

August in Japan

The August edition of Life in Japan by Photo introduces “August in Japan.”

Somen (Cold Japanese Wheat Noodles)

Somen (Cold Japanese Wheat Noodles)

Fireworks

Fireworks

Uchiwa (Japanese Paper Fans)

Uchiwa (Japanese Paper Fans)

Kakigori (Japanese Shaved Ice Dessert)

Kakigori (Japanese Shaved Ice Dessert)

2. Alumni News

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

News on International Students

NEWS 1: Universities that Offer Proactive Career Education Have Higher International Student Employment Rates

In March 2020, the Japan International Cooperation Center released the result of their “Awareness Report on Career Development Programs for International Students, and Survey on Results.” The survey, conducted from January to February 2020, targeted 889 national, public, and private universities and junior colleges, as well as 3,000 companies. It found that universities with high international student employment rates and employment numbers tend to offer more employment education about self-analysis/entry sheets and the types of people that are in demand at companies. The survey also found that international student employment rates tend to be higher at universities that work frequently to match international students with internships.

NEWS 2: Local Governments Establish Programs to Provide International Students with Financial Support

There has been an influx of local government programs to support international students who are struggling financially due to the effects of the novel coronavirus. These programs hire international students as volunteers and part-time workers, and offer financial support through compensation, etc. In May, Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture hired international students as temporary workers to install a “living green wall” in their city hall. Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture provided compensation, including meal and transportation fees, to international students who volunteered in the city, inspecting signage on hiking trails, etc. Nagasaki Prefecture has provided international students compensation for giving sightseeing tours and promoting information about the prefecture. And in Fukuoka Prefecture, the Fukuoka International Student Support Center has expanded the range of people eligible for their part-time work matching program.

NEWS 3: Program That Aims to Drive Emergent Research Amongst Young Researchers Calls for Research Topics

The selection process for the “Emergent Research Support Program” began in August. The program, hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, calls for ambitious and varied research topics from young researchers working at university research institutions, etc., who have become independent or who are aiming to become independent. The program will provide support for emergent research (topic unspecified) for seven years, or a maximum of 10 years. The target group is young researchers, who, for example, received their doctoral degree 15 or fewer years ago. The maximum research fees provided will generally be 50 million yen over the course of the seven years. This will be the first iteration of this open submissions program, with further iterations planned for 2021 and 2022.

Study Abroad Testimonial

Anggi Mellrose Angraeni Prasetyo

Name: Anggi Mellrose Angraeni Prasetyo
Nationality: Indonesia
University: Nanzan University
Major: Department of Global Liberal Studies, Faculty of Global Liberal Studies
Period of Study: Kokusai Kotoba Gakuin: April 2017 to March 2019 / Nanzan University: April 2019 to present
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N1

It’s already been three years since I came to Japan. The first two years, I went to a Japanese language school in Shizuoka Prefecture. I was blessed with wonderful teachers, and was able to pass the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test at the N1 Level. I came to Japan right after I graduated high school in Indonesia, so I then decided to look for a university in Japan. I found a Catholic university called Nanzan University on the Internet, and went to their Open Campus. At the mock lecture I went to, the professor said, “The purpose of studying at university is to serve others,” which I thought was really inspiring. That was when I decided I wanted to go to this university. And so, after graduating Japanese language school, I enrolled at Nanzan University.

I went into the Faculty of Global Liberal Studies at the university, because I wanted to learn global studies and sustainability studies in English. My life at the university is full and varied. My faculty has a lot of active learning-style classes with small class sizes. The students and even the professors all debate together, and it’s a lot of fun every day. I’m working on my English, while at the same time learning about the world’s various cultures, issues, etc., in classes like multicultural theory, and learning about ways to create a sustainable society. Right now, I’m gradually looking into the topics I want to research.

The university also has a lot of clubs and teams. I personally love the Sengoku Period of Japanese history, which was from the end of the 1400s to the 1500s, and so I decided to join a club called the Castle Research Association. We went to so many historical spots in Aichi Prefecture even just last year, like the famous Nagoya Castle, the Kiyosu Castle, and Inuyama Castle. In the summer, we even went to Hiroshima, where we explored places like Hiroshima Castle and Itsukushima Shrine.

Life in Japan can sometimes be difficult, but living here is an experience I wouldn’t change for the world. When I graduate, I want to find a job here, learn more about the great knowledge in Japan, both past and present, and use all of this as a stepping stone for my future.

List of Japan Alumni Associations

Support for International Students Job Hunting in Japan and/or Returning Home

Program for the Cultivation of High-Quality Foreign-National Talent by Ehime’s Universities and Companies

Over the past 11 years, Ehime University has provided employment support for international students, helping many find work in companies both inside and outside of Japan. The efforts for this specific program are as follows.
- Beginner-level Japanese language classes for international students in STEM fields
- Workshop-based classes where international students can learn alongside Japanese students, company employees, etc.
- Japanese-international paired internships
- Social events with former international students
- Joint company information sessions for international students
- Support from counselors/consultants that specialize in international students
- Eligibility for special scholarships
Contact the office for more details.

Career Development Program for International Students Promotion Office, Institute for International Relations, Ehime University
3 Bunkyocho, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime 790-8577
Tel: 089-927-8309
E-mail: ryupro “at mark” stu.ehime-u.ac.jp
*Please convert “at mark” to “@” when you send an e-mail.

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.

Kanazawa University

Campus scenery at Kanazawa University’s Kakuma Campus

University Profile (As of May 1, 2020)
Name: Kanazawa University
Kakuma Campus: Kakumamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
Takaramachi-Tsuyuma Campus: 13-1 Takaramachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa / 5-11-80 Kodatsuno, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
Number of Students: Undergraduate: 7,802 / Graduate School: 2,248 / Professional School: 57 / Other Programs: 32
International Students: 666

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

Kanazawa University is a university with more than 150-year history. It is located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, a city of tradition and innovation. The university aims to be a “research university dedicated to education, while opening up its doors to both local and global society,” and defines the abilities that students will acquire at the university as the “Kanazawa University Global Standard (KUGS),” through which they cultivate leaders of global society. The university also engages in a wide variety of research, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and life sciences, and are working to bolster their research ability to create global research hubs, apply their research to society, etc.

2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Graduate Schools

The university transitioned from the traditional faculty-department model of a university to a college-school model in April 2008, in order to implement a more wide-ranging and flexible system of schooling. In April 2018, the colleges and schools were reorganized in response to changing times and a changing society, with the university now comprised of 3 colleges and 17 schools, and offering a more varied education. The college-school model of schooling includes a major system, where students learn the foundations of various subjects and choose their specialization at a later time, and a minor system, which provides them a wider range of academic opportunities as well as more control over their academic journey. The university also offers seven graduate schools, where students can engage in more specialized, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive research.

3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support, Scholarships, Tuition Reduction, etc.)

The university offers international students a wide variety of support in terms of accommodation, scholarships, etc. The school offers the sharehouse-style dorms Sakigake and Hokumei on the Kakuma Campus, where Japanese and international students live together in each unit (non co-ed). Sakigake in particular has Japanese students who act as resident advisors, providing day-to-day support for international students.

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

Japanese students and international students socializing on Kanazawa University’s Kakuma Campus

- “Shine and Connect (Kagayaki-Tsunagu)” Employment Promotion Program for International Students:
This program, which operates as a part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Career Development Programs for International Students, is run jointly by Kanazawa University and Shinshu University. It offers an educational curriculum centered on business Japanese education, career education, and internships for international students who are thinking of working in Japan.

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

Japan Study Support

Project Name
Japan Study Support Scholarships
1. Objective:
Japan Study Support is a website for international students, operated jointly by Asia Bunka Kaikan and Benesse Corporation, that posts information about studying abroad in Japan. The website lists information as to the approximately 1,300 universities, graduate schools, junior colleges, and professional training colleges that accept international students, as well as information on scholarships and day-to-day life in Japan, in eight languages (Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian). It is the largest-scale informational website for international students in Japan, with approximately 40,000 users per month.
The website has a Scout function that allows educational institutions to contact users directly, and scholarships are available for students who receive an offer and are granted enrollment into a university using this function.
2. Eligibility:
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
- Applicants who have created a profile on the Japan Study Support website (hereafter “JPSS”), operated jointly by Asia Bunka Kaikan and Benesse Corporation, and who have then received an offer from a Japanese university or graduate school, passed the entrance examination for that university/graduate school, and been enrolled in that university/graduate school (does not include special programs and short-term programs)
- Applicants who can engage in interviews in Japanese and/or English
- Applicants who have a Japanese bank account in their name (does not include online-only banks) at the time of application
- Applicants with a nationality other than Japanese
- If the applicant is a minor, the applicant’s guardian must be a fluent speaker of Japanese and/or English
3. Application Method:
Prepare the following materials, and apply through “My Page” on the JPSS website.
Documents for Submission
(a) Application form (Basic information)
(b) Short essay on “Motivation to Study in Japan & Future Goals” (No more than 800 characters in Japanese, or 350 words in English)
(c) Self-introduction video (No more than 30 seconds in length)
4. Application Submission Period:
From Friday, August 21, 2020 / 10:00 A.M. to Wednesday, September 30, 2020 / 5:00 P.M.
Applications will not be accepted before or after this period.
5. Scholarship Amount:
1,000,000 yen (1 recipient), 500,000 yen (2 recipients), 100,000 yen (3 recipients)
(Total number of recipients for the Spring/Fall periods).
6. Scholarship Duration:
Fall Period (For applicants enrolling in September to November 2020)
7. Contact:
E-mail: global_edu “at mark” mail.benesse.co.jp
*Please convert “at mark” to “@” when you send an email.

Inter-University Seminar House

Project Name
International Student Paper Contest 2020
1. Objective:
The Inter-University Seminar House has established a program in order to advance academics and research in higher education institutions, drive information exchange amongst higher education institutions, and contribute to the development of a knowledge-based society. To that end, the organization has established (1) a training program for the operation and maintenance of overnight training facilities, (2) a joint seminar program where universities work together to deepen mutual understanding, and (3) a program that provides support for the operation and maintenance of international student dorms and education for international students as a whole. The International Student Essay Contest is held every year as a part of the organization’s efforts to support international students in Japan.
2. Eligibility:
International students in an undergraduate or graduate school program at a Japanese university
3. Theme:
Thoughts on Global Issues
4. Application Deadline:
Thursday, October 15, 2020
5. Paper Requirements:
(1) Must be an original, unpublished paper.
(2) Must not exceed 4,000 characters of Japanese (excluding references/bibliography), and must be presented in A4 format (40 characters x 30 lines).
(3) Must be in electronic format (either a Word document or other text format).
(4) The title of the paper must be “Thoughts on Global Issues,” with an original subtitle.
(5) The essay must be divided into chapters (background, argument, summary, etc.) with a clear four-part structure (introduction, development, turn, and conclusion). Must also clearly display annotations and bibliography.
(6) Reference documents only when absolutely necessary.
6. Awards:
Gold Prize (1 essay): Award certificate and 100,000 yen
Silver Prize (2 essays): Award certificate and 50,000 yen
Bronze Prize (3 essays): Award certificate and 30,000 yen
Participation Prize (50 essays): 1,000 yen book voucher
Papers that do not fulfill a certain level of quality will not be considered for the Participation Prize. The winners of the contest will have their name and university published on the Inter-University Seminar House official website, as well as the “International Student Newspaper.”
7. Contact:
Seminar Division
Inter-University Seminar House
1987-1 Shimoyugi, Hachioji-shi, 192-0372 Tokyo
Tel: 042-676-8512 (Direct)
Fax: 042-676-1220
E-mail: seminar at mark seminarhouse.or.jp
*Please convert “at mark” to “@” when you send an e-mail.

The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the World (FALIA)

Project Name:
FALIA ESSAY COMPETITION 2020
1. Objective:
The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the world is holding an essay competition for international students in areas where life insurance systems are developing.
2. Theme:
Any topic that is relevant to life insurance.
3. Application Deadline:
Thursday, September 10, 2020 / 1:00 P.M.
4. Prize Amount:
1st Prize: 500,000 yen (1 recipient), amongst other awards
5. Contact:
Essay Competition Group, The Foundation for the Advancement of Life & Insurance Around the World (FALIA)
E-mail: essay “at mark” falia.jp
*Please convert “at mark” to “@” when you send an e-mail.

Introducing Academic Societies

Name: The Japanese Society of Swine Science (Agriculture)
Location: Within Kanagawa Swine Association, 3678 Hongo, Ebina-shi, Kanagawa
Number of Members: Individual Members: 326 / Supporting Members: 41

1. Overview of Academic Society (History, Mission, etc.)
The Japanese Society of Swine Science was established in 1964 as a research association, and was reorganized in 1987 as an academic society. The mission of the society is to drive academic research in swine science in general, and to promote findings from this research to advance the swine industry in Japan.
2. Publications:
Title: The Japanese Journal of Swine Science
Frequency: Quarterly (March, June, September, December)
3. Academic Conference:
Presentation Method: Presentations will take place in one venue, with all subject matters in support of the swine industry.
Dates: Twice a year, in the Tokyo metropolitan area in spring (March) and in a rural area in fall (between October and November)
Additional Information: Students can participate for free
4. Efforts in Relation to International Students, Foreign Researchers, etc.
The society has engaged in exchange with the Taiwan Swine Research Association, the China Swine Science Society, etc., and is currently working with the China Swine Science Society to send and invite speakers from desired fields, in order to exchange skills and information.

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

Events for International Students

Useful Websites for International Students

Job Hunting Report

Hu Panpan

Name: Hu Panpan
Nationality: China
University: University of Tsukuba Graduate School
Major: Japanese Language Education Research, Pre-Doctoral Program in International Area Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Period of Study in Japan : October 2012 to March 2016
Current Workplace: Isetan Mitsukoshi Business Support Ltd.
Japanese Proficiency Level: Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N1

There were two main reasons why I decided to study abroad in Japan. I majored in Japanese at my university, so I’d always wanted to see what life was actually like in Japan. The other reason was that I’d joined a Japan-China cultural exchange association as a third-year undergraduate student. As I got to know more Japanese people, I really felt how different the culture was. And so I became more and more interested in Japan, and decided ultimately that I wanted to try living there.

I thought about working in Japan because I wanted to be able to use my Japanese language skills and build a career that went beyond those language skills. Currently, I work in hiring/education at my company. As someone who works in hiring, I think the most important parts of job hunting are the self-analysis and company analysis. There’s a famous quote from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Basically, self-analysis is knowing yourself, and company analysis is knowing the enemy. So, I recommend you go into interviews with a good understanding of both yourself and the company.

There are also two main points I want to emphasize in terms of interviews. The first is that you don’t just memorize what you wrote on your entry sheet. If you just memorize the whole thing, you can get nervous and forget it all. To prevent this, make sure you have a good grasp of the main points in each of your stories/anecdotes, and just focus on your conversation with the interviewer. That way, they’ll see that you’re really thinking your words through, and they’ll have a better impression of you. The second point is to look into the interviewer’s eyes when you speak. And if you can, it’d be even better if you could adjust what you’re talking about, and how long you talk, based on the real-time reaction of the interviewer.

Finally, it’s important in job hunting that you’re always getting new information. They do say that job hunting is about who has the best information, so I recommend you make it a habit to look for job hunting information.

Job Hunting Information Article

Internships

Internships are a great opportunity to get to know Japanese corporate culture and work customs, and a good way to envision yourself working at the company. Different companies offer internships at different times, and some companies only offer them during certain periods, like during summer vacation. This year, many companies are postponing or cancelling their internships due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, some have pivoted to offering remote internships. Responsibilities vary depending on the company, and include taking seminars online and doing work that can be done online. Get in the habit of checking for internships in the companies and industries you want to work for, and make sure to apply if the opportunity arises.

The “Job Hunting Guide for International Students 2021,” published by the Japan Student Services Organization, goes into detail about the reasons you should do an internship, the types of internships and how to apply, the format of different internships, and more. Japanese and other language versions (English, Chinese, and Korean) of this guidebook can be downloaded in PDF form from the link below. We encourage you all to use it, as it covers all kinds of information about job hunting, in addition to internships.

5. Visit Japan

Introducing regions in Japan with universities, and more! The August issue looks at Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture.

Introducing Cities and Daily Life As a Study Abroad Student

Bird’s-eye view of Hirakata City

Hirakata City is a leading industrial city in Osaka Prefecture, located a 30-minute train ride away from Osaka Station, with a population of approximately 400,000. The city is known for its many industry-government-academia collaborations, and the business complexes in the city are home to cutting-edge research, product development, and more.

Entrance to Hirakata Park

One of the famous attractions in Hirakata City is Hirakata Park, Japan’s oldest amusement park, which opened in 1910. The park is known for its comical TV commercials featuring famous celebrities, and is seeing more tourists not just from Japan, but from the rest of Asia and all over the world.

Hirakata City is home to five universities and one junior college, as well as a variety of educational/research efforts in the fields of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, language studies, engineering, etc. The city has established an organization called the Hirakata Academic City Promotion Council, and makes efforts towards industry-government-academia collaboration by hosting forums, etc. As part of their effort to become an “academic city,” the city is also constructing the Hirakata City Integrated Culture & Arts Center (set to open in 2021), a facility where residents can enjoy music, theater, dance, and more. The city houses seven business complexes, with many factories, in industries that include furniture, men’s clothing, and ironwork painting. The newest complex, Tsuda Science Hills, is comprised of over 20 companies and universities, with research, product development, etc., underway for a wide variety of fields, including medicine and food science.

The area around Hirakatashi Station is home to several large-scale universities, and is always filled with students. The area is equipped with shops for daily necessities, from supermarkets to convenience stores, as well as the kind of businesses that young people like to frequent, like izakaya and karaoke. Hirakata T-Site, a commercial facility that just opened in 2016, has also served as a great new shopping spot for residents. The average rent for an apartment in Hirakata City is around 40,000 yen for the kind of 1R or 1K one-room apartments suited for living on your own, though the rent does tend to get a bit more expensive in the area around Hirakatashi Station (as of 2020).

There are approximately 400 international students studying at the five universities in Hirakata City. Each university has a division for international exchange, through which they provide day-to-day support for international students. The Hirakata Foundation for Culture and International Exchange also provides support to international students by hosting Japanese language classes, daily life consultations, cultural exchange events, etc., and making the Hirakata Daily Life Guide available in a variety of languages.

6. NIPPON Information

This section introduces information on Japan for international students!

Lifestyle Information

Commuting Methods in Japan
Many students in Japan commute to school on public transportation (trains, etc.) or on bikes, with cars more common for university students in rural areas. Commuting methods differ from urban to rural areas, and by different areas in general. We recommend, just for reference, that you go on some university websites and check how to get to their campuses.

People waiting on a train station platform for a train

In Japan, most students commute to school using public transportation, like trains and buses. Trains in particular are very convenient for commuting, as they are almost always on time, and in some urban areas, especially in the morning commuting hours, arrive once every couple of minutes. You can also purchase a “teikiken,” or commuter pass, for a designated stretch of railway (usually the station near your home to the station near your school), that allows you to use the train as much as you want within that stretch. Depending on the type of school you’re commuting to, you could be eligible for a student discount, which would allow you to purchase the teikiken at a discounted rate. Teikiken can be purchased at station ticket counters, but be sure to check with your school first to see if you can get a student discount. Many students also use buses to commute to school (generally, when there isn’t a station located near their school campus). Some universities operate free school buses that run from the nearest station to their campuses.

Person commuting to school on their bike

Students who live near their university often commute to campus on their bikes. Some universities require students to submit certain documents, etc., if they commute on their bikes, so make sure to contact your university if this might be the case. In Japan, you’re also obligated to register your name and address as part of a process called “bohan toroku” (crime prevention registration), whenever you purchase a new bike, get a used one from an acquaintance, etc. Some areas also require bikers to register for insurance, so make sure to check any rules that exist in your area when you purchase your bike. Commuting by bike is cheap and easy, but you have to make sure you follow the rules, especially as there’s been an increase in bike-related troubles in recent years.

Person driving a car

In Japan, students tend to use cars to commute to universities, etc., in more rural areas. Not many people use cars to get around in urban areas, what with all of the public transportation, and the fact that there are very few parking lots where students can park. In some cases, students may have to request permission from their university to commute by car. Rules for motorcycle use also differ by university, so we recommend you contact your university if you are uncertain about the rules. Make sure to get a driver’s license if you want to drive a car, motorcycle, etc., in Japan, and always follow the rules for everything from designated parking lot spaces to car insurance to traffic rules.

Get to Know Japan

In this section, we will introduce topics on culture, technology, lifestyle, and more in Japan.
The August issue looks at some of Japan’s local food specialties.

Local Delicacies in Japan
When people hear Japanese food, they tend to think of foods like sushi and ramen that are popular all over the world. But one of the greatest things food-wise about Japan is the cheap, incredible food you can get in the more rural areas of the country. Called “gotochi gurume,” or local delicacies, they tend to be featured in Japanese TV shows and in special food events. The August issue looks at some of Japan’s amazing local delicacies.

Fujinomiya yakisoba

One famous local delicacy is the Fujinomiya yakisoba, from Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Yakisoba is a common noodle dish eaten throughout Japan. What makes Fujinomiya yakisoba special is the more chewy texture of the noodles, and the use of sardine flakes. Different restaurants also use different sauces, so you can also enjoy different flavors depending on where you go.

Hachinohe senbei soup

Another famous local delicacy is Hachinohe senbei soup, from Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture. Hachinohe senbei soup is a dish made by stewing meat/fish, vegetables, mushrooms, etc., to create a broth, then adding hard Japanese rice crackers called “senbei,” and stewing them in the broth. Stewing the senbei (which are usually eaten plain, as snacks) releases flavor into the broth, and gives the senbei themselves a distinctive, soft but chewy texture. The Tohoku region had historically cultivated and harvested wheat in years where the rice harvest was poor. There are approximately 190 places in Hachinohe City where you can eat Hachinohe senbei soup, so it can be fun just to go around looking for your favorite spot.

Katsuura tantanmen

Katsuura tantanmen is another popular local delicacy, from Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture. Katsuura tantanmen is a very spicy noodle dish, made with a soy sauce-based soup, to which you add chopped onions, ground meat, and Chinese noodles, and a huge amount of chili oil. The dish was created as a way for ama divers (Japanese divers, mainly women, who collect seafood and pearls) and fishermen to warm themselves up after work. There are now approximately 40 shops that serve Katsuura tantanmen in Japan, mostly in Katsuura City, with home-cooking sets, instant noodles, and more also available in online stores, etc.

These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the local delicacies that Japan has to offer. We recommend you visit the various areas of Japan and see what local delicacies you can discover as well.

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 2020

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.

Important notice:
The Study in Japan Fair 2020 will be canceled due to the spread of the new coronavirus. We are working on an inspiring virtual alternative instead of the conventional face-to-face event. Details will be announced as soon as it is decided.

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.

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 August 2020 issue. It will be available on August 7.

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):
Kyoto Institute of Technology
Kyoto University
Tottori University
Nagoya University
Osaka University
Chubu University
Kagoshima 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.

Job Hunting Guide for International Students

New Japanese versions

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 Japanese version of the “Job Hunting Guide 2021” is now complete, with distribution underway. The Japanese version, along with the other language versions (English, Chinese, and Korean) can be downloaded in PDF form from the following website.

8. From the Editor

In this month’s “Get to Know Japan,” we covered “Local Delicacies in Japan.” If you want to try Fujinomiya yakisoba, you can get steamed noodle and sauce sets for cheap at a lot of supermarkets. One of my favorite things to eat, in fact, is the yakisoba I make with this noodle set, with the addition of some cheap bean sprouts and meat. Many of the more famous local delicacies have been made into instant/frozen products, so you can get them fairly easily online as well. Because it’s online shopping, you may have to buy large quantities (a 10-pack set, for example), but, at least for me, this has actually been a godsend in terms of our current coronavirus, stay-at-home lifestyle.

The Japan Alumni eNews Editorial Desk is looking for people who can share their job hunting experiences. We also welcome pictures from your life abroad as an international student, and your comments for our e-mail magazine. Our next issue of Japan Alumni eNews will be released on September 10, 2020. Don’t miss it!

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Contact

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