Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 124 August 9, 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 / Japanese Academic Association / 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.
- How to submit
- Please send your photos with the information listed below to the following address.
alumni-newsletter at mark jasso.go.jp
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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 August edition of Life in Japan by Photo introduces Memories of Japan (honorific titles are omitted).
Chen Shuqin (China)
Title: Kanagawa University in Spring
Title: Building No. 8 Basks in the Sun
Title: Blooming Cherry Blossoms, Congratulations to Passing Examinees
2. Alumni News
Bringing you news and first-hand stories about international students!
News on International Students
NEWS 1: Enactment of the Law to Require Promotion of Japanese Language Education, which Makes the Government and Corporations Responsible for Teaching Japanese to Foreigners
The Law to Require Promotion of Japanese Language Education was enacted into law after being passed by the Japanese House of Councilors on June 21, 2019. It makes the national and local governments responsible for basic policies and measures for promoting Japanese language education for foreigners living in Japan. Furthermore, the law stipulates that is the corporations’ duty to provide opportunities for Japanese language studies to foreign employees and their families. The law also specifies that the national and local governments, as well as corporations are responsible for providing educational opportunities to the fullest extent to foreigners who wish to study the Japanese language, and that said educational opportunities must be in line with the aspirations and abilities of learners.
NEWS 2: Three out of every four foreign workers are satisfied
In April 2019, the Survey on Labor in Japan was administered to foreign businesspeople who have worked in Japan. The survey results (263 respondents) indicated that 73%, or roughly three out of four, of foreign businesspeople were satisfied with working in Japan. The top reason for satisfaction was “personal growth” at 25%. The top reason for dissatisfaction was “salary” at 32%. Furthermore, 61% of respondents expressed positive opinions regarding the Japanese culture of holding frequent drinking parties for company employees. (Survey conducted by Human Global Talent Co., Ltd.)
NEWS 3: Places of employment for international students expand to include restaurants, manufacturing, etc.
On May 28, 2019, the Ministry of Justice announced the amendment of notifications for the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. This amendment enables international students who have graduated from or completed courses at Japanese universities or graduate schools to engage in an even wider range of work. Based on the condition of utilizing their high-level Japanese language ability obtained from their study abroad experience, international students who have graduated from a Japanese university or graduate school are now able to work in the general services business and manufacturing business. Until now, these types of businesses were not permitted for this status of residence. However, they are now allowed based on the need for using both native language and Japanese language skills at work; for example, providing services to foreign customers and giving work instructions to foreign laborers.
Study Abroad Testimonial
Name: Chen Yiwei
Japan has won the most Nobel Prizes of any country in Asia. Therefore, I believe that Japan conducts top-level scientific research in all fields. Initially, I studied economics at university in China for about two years. During my studies, I realized that the application of mathematics is an essential part of the economy, and began to feel a desire to study mathematics. Unfortunately, students are not allowed to change undergraduate schools in China. After considering the relatively short distance between Shanghai and Japan, as well as my love of Japanese culture, I ultimately decided to study in Japan.
The two years that I spent studying at a Japanese language school were busy but fun. At first, I didn’t even know the Japanese alphabet; however, thanks to my instructors, I improved to the point where I was able to pass the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test N2. I would like to offer advice to younger students who have not yet come in Japan: although you might be bored by your studies, please give your best effort. Always remember the dreams you held upon arriving in Japan and never give up, no matter what happens.
Currently, I am a 1st year student at the Tokyo University of Science. Now that I have entered university, I would like to find time for volunteering and participating in meetings for international students. When I attended university information sessions, older students offered me advice on further studies. In turn, I would like to provide information and advice on academics to younger students.
While living in Japan, I was impressed by the kindness of Japanese people. At 3:00 A.M. one night in July 2017, I forgot my smartphone in a taxi. I didn’t have a receipt for the taxi ride, so I thought there was no chance of ever finding it. However, the police inquired to several taxi companies and were able to find my smart phone. But that’s not all: when I was carrying luggage onto a train, many people offered to help. I was really touched.
After graduating from university, I would like to go on to graduate school. I don’t plan on returning to China. I believe that studying and working abroad will enable me to learn more about Japanese culture. My goal is to find employment at a Japanese corporation using the data analysis which I will study at graduate school.
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
International Center, Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT)
The KIT International Academic Exchange Club (KITEC) was established mainly for international students who have graduated from KIT. The club aims to deepen friendships among members and to contribute to international exchange at KIT. Currently, KITEC has opened liaison offices in China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), Taiwan, Mongolia, and Malaysia. Reunions are held irregularly and are organized mainly by representatives of each liaison office. KITEC also connects with graduates via Facebook to convey current events at KIT.
International Exchange Section, International Affairs Department, Kyoto Institute of Technology
kokusai at mark jim.kit.ac.jp
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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.
Nagaoka University of Technology
University Profile (As of May 1, 2019)
Name: Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT)
Address: 1603-1 Kamitomioka-machi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata Prefecture
Number of Students: 2,362
International Students: 328
1. Overview of University (History, Mission, etc.)
Nagaoka University of Technology aims to establish itself as an indispensable member of global society, a university which creates GIGAKU (Science of Technology) with a proactive approach to societal change, produces engineers with practical, creative capabilities and a spirit of service who will lead society into the future, and places emphasis on graduate-level education.
GIGAKU is a form of science, concerned with technology, which allows us to further refine and develop technological systems and scientific methods by grasping the diverse technical processes and subjects that are a fact of modern life. Through a broad understanding of management, safety, information, and life science rooted in the disciplines of physical science and engineering, GIGAKU creates practical technology with an eye toward future innovation.
2. Overview and Characteristics of Distinctive Faculties and Departments
Nagaoka University of Technology boasts a high-level education environment. In particular, integrated education through the graduate school master’s program, small-group education, and an environment with extensive research facilities, equipment, and funding are effective in cultivating creative and practical engineers and researchers. This environment produces human resources who will lead the next generation. Furthermore, NUT constantly achieves one of the top employment rates in Japan. Countless Japanese and foreign corporations give high praise to NUT as a “university which cultivates human resources who are capable of making immediate contributions.”
3. Support for International Students (Accommodations Support and Tuition Reduction)
Dormitories for international students can accommodate a total of approximately 140 residents. This reduces economic burden and enables international students to spend a fulfilling university life. For international students who have decided to live in an apartment but are unable to find a guarantor, the university serves as a guarantor via the Institutional Guarantee System. Also, international students who are unable to pay entrance fees or tuition due to economic reasons can apply for exemption. Depending on the results of the application screening, students will be exempted from the total amount or half the amount of fees. Moreover, international students paying educational expenses by themselves can apply for scholarships from various private institutions through the university.
4. Other Types of Support for International Students (Employment, International Exchange, etc.)
After entering NUT, international students receive a wide range of support for daily life, university life, employment, health, and other areas. Support is mainly provided by the Center for International Exchange and Education. Based on an analysis of the Japanese language needs and levels of international students, the Japanese Language Education Department offers a variety of Japanese language courses to meet the diverse needs of each student. The Specialized Education Department supports education by providing information on supplementary lectures related to specialized fundamental courses. Also, international students have the opportunity to introduce their native culture every year in September during an International Festival that is held at the same time as the University Festival, and at an International student Exchange Party held in November. At these events, international students are able to interact with Japanese students and local residents.
Information about Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.
Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation
Salary-Type Scholarship for International Students in Japan (Graduate Students)
Every year, the Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation issues a monthly scholarship of 200,000 yen to 12 students. The scholarship is issued based on application and screening of international students who are enrolled in doctoral programs at Japanese graduate schools and who are currently writing their doctoral thesis. The program aims to provide scholarship students with the opportunity to meet and hold discussions with people in different fields. Consequently, the scholarship system provides support while engaging in close communication with students. For example, the monthly scholarship stipend is issued during a face-to-face meeting. The foundation also keeps in touch with students after the end of the scholarship period. It is wonderful how the foundation is gradually building an interpersonal network on a global scale. Furthermore, through its diligent efforts, the Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation hopes that its network will contribute to harmonious growth on a global scale. Therefore, the foundation welcomes research with high potential for contributing to harmonious growth together with humanity, society, or the natural environment.
2. Application Requirements:
(1) Students who are citizens of a country other than Japan, who are enrolled in a doctoral program at a Japanese graduate school or who are projected to receive their PhD by March within the scholarship issuance period (or by September of the following academic year for autumn enrollment). This may include persons who are enrolled at Japanese graduate schools as research students because they have exceeded the limit for years of enrollment as an ordinary student, or because they will receive their PhD from a foreign graduate school.
(2) Students whose affiliated graduate school (or laboratory) and residence are both located in the Kanto area (Tokyo Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture).
(3) Students with a high level of Japanese proficiency (the written application and interview are conducted only in Japanese).
(4) Students who are interested in international understanding and friendship, and who are willing to actively participate in exchange activities held by the foundation.
(5) Students who do not plan to become full-time employees or recipients of a scholarship from other foundations during the period of receiving the Atsumi International Scholarship. (The foundation will not approve scholarships to students who are full-time employees or who receive monthly payments of 50,000 yen or more from other scholarships.)
3. Application Method:
Students interested in the scholarship should contact the international student scholarship departments of their respective university or contact the Secretariat Office at the Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation from July 1, 2019 in order to confirm application requirements and to request application forms. The forms can also be downloaded from the foundation’s website starting from July 1, 2019. Please enter the required information and mail the forms to the Secretariat Office of the foundation by the deadline. (Forms can also be brought in person; however, they will only be accepted during the normal business hours of the Secretariat Office.)
4. Application Deadline:
Between the beginning and the end of September every year (*the deadline differs depending on the academic year)
5. Scholarship Amount:
200,000 yen per month
Atsumi International Scholarship Foundation
3-5-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0014
E-mail: aisf-office at mark aisf.or.jp
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Information about International Symposium
The 23rd International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium 2019 (IBS 2019)
The International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium (IBS) provides a venue for discussing future concepts of biohydrometallurgy from approaches utilizing fields such as bioleaching, bioremediation (environmental remediation using microorganism functions to restore metal pollution), molecular biology related to biosorption as metal recovery technology, (bio) chemical engineering, and surface chemistry.
Date/Time: Sunday, October 20 to Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Location: Acros Fukuoka (1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
- The 23rd International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium 2019 (IBS 2019)
- (English version only)
Japanese Academic Association
You can use the Gakkai Meikan (Academic Association) website to search for major academic groups in Japan.
- Gakkai Meikan
- (Japanese version only)
Japanese Language Tests
- Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
Test Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019
- BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test
- The BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test is administered in two types: individual testing and group testing. For individual testing, please register your account from the official website of the BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test, make a test reservation, and take the test. When making a reservation, you can select your preferred test center and test date. For information on group testing, please contact the applicable group.
- J.TEST (Test of Practical Japanese)
(Japanese version only)
Test Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2019
4. Business News
JASSO provides information about job-search for both current and graduate international students!
Job Hunting Event Information
- Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Offers job information, guidance for job hunting, practice interview, and a private consultation, etc.
- Nagoya Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Offers job information, guidance for job hunting, practice interview (every Tuesday and Thursday), and a private consultation, etc.
- Osaka Employment Service Center for Foreigners
- Offers job information, guidance for job hunting (the third Thursday of every month), and a private consultation, etc.
- Fukuoka Gakusei Shokugyo Center
- (Japanese version only)
- Offers job information, guidance for job hunting, research industry and self-analysis, preparing seminar for job hunting, and a private consultation, etc.
Events for International Students
- Japanese Language and Business Manners Useful for Work
(Japanese version only)
(Japan International Cooperation Center)
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. (other times available; please visit JICE’s website for further information)
Venue: JICE Headquarters
(Odakyu Dai-ichi Seimei Building 16F, 2-7-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Target Group: International students who have received an unofficial offer of employment from a Japanese corporation; foreign employees who graduated from a Japanese school and who have worked at a Japanese corporation for less than one year
Pre-registration: Required (Please register at the URL)
- Job Haku Summer Tokyo 2019
Date & Time: Thursday, August 22, 2019 / 11:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Venue: Job Hub Square (Pasona Group Headquarters)
(2-6-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Target Group: International students who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from a university or graduate school (scheduled graduation in 2020), and international students who graduated from a university in their home countries. *International students who graduated in autumn or spring 2019 are also welcome.
Pre-registration: Required (Please register at the URL)
- Job Fair for International Students (Tokyo)
Date & Time: Saturday, September 7, 2019 / 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Venue: Shinjuku L Tower, 30F (Sunsky Room)
(1-6-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Target Group: International students who are scheduled to graduate from university, graduate school, technical college, or professional training college in spring 2020.
Pre-registration: Required (Please register at the URL)
Useful Websites for International Students
- These websites have search engines for companies recruiting international students.
- Asagaku Navi
(Gakujo Co., Ltd.)
(Japanese version only)
- Diamond Shukatsu Navi
(DIAMOND HUMAN RESOURCE, INC.)
(Japanese version only)
(Japanese version only)
(Recruit Career Co., Ltd.)
(Japanese version only)
Job Hunting Report
Name: Wang Yafu
About 10 years ago, almost everyone in Taiwan could speak English. However, I was looking for the opportunity to learn a language other than English. I asked my father for advice, as he had been working at a Japanese company and I had often heard him speaking Japanese on the telephone. I wanted to be like him, so I started studying Japanese. Still, there was a limit to how much I could improve studying by myself and at cram school, so I talked to my father about studying abroad. After looking up information on foreign studies and life in Japan on Internet, I decided to live in Nagoya because of the relatively low cost of living. Since it was my first time studying abroad, I selected a large professional training college with other departments and instructors who could speak my native language of Taiwanese.
After graduating from the department of Japanese language at a professional training college in Japan, I returned to Taiwan for university. But in order to maintain my Japanese level, I participated in volunteer activities using Japanese and worked part-time as an interpreter. I was touched by the thoughtfulness and hospitality of the Japanese people with whom I worked. I began studying by myself so that I could provide similar outstanding services. I considered many different employment paths, but I ultimately decided to first take on the challenge of working in a foreign country instead of Taiwan. Since I could already more or less get by with my level of Japanese, I was confident that my language skills would increase if I had the opportunity to blend into Japanese society. And so, I started looking for employment in Japan.
I believe that the most important aspect of job hunting is to never give up, even if things are not going well.
The most important point for employment interviews is to always be on time. Other important points are to be confident and to make a good first impression through appropriate clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, and other elements of a well-groomed appearance. Although cosmetics, clothing, and other accessories worn by foreigners are slightly different from those of Japanese people, I always tried to imitate Japanese standards as much as possible. Furthermore, be sure to leave the interviewer with a good impression by using proper greetings and farewells.
Searching for employment in Japan is not easy. However, if you are motivated, I encourage you to give it your best effort. Personally, I was not able to pass my first interview. However, I was able to learn from my mistakes and apply that experience to improving my next interview. A foreigner will never be able to use Japanese more fluently than a native Japanese person. Therefore, you need to find other reasons for a company to choose you as an employee.
My dream is to one day become an aerial yoga instructor.
Job Hunting Information Article
What is self-analysis?
Self-analysis is the process of cultivating a deep knowledge of yourself by reflecting upon and organizing your personal characteristics such experience, interests, and ideas. Self-analysis is necessary during job hunting activities to identify your best qualities. It helps you convey them on entry sheets and during interviews. Also, from a medium- to long-term perspective, self-analysis is helpful for ascertaining your personal aptitude and formulating a career plan.
When filling out an entry sheet or having an interview, you will be asked questions such as “What did you work on during your time at university?” and “What are your strengths?” To answer, you must give explanations by reflecting on your past experience. Self-analysis will enable you to find material for explaining your strengths and to give specific examples of your top qualities.
How to self-analyze
Self-analysis is conducted on the three-time axis of past, future, and present. Also, it is important to incorporate the two elements of “connection with Japan” and “objectivity.” For example, to explain your past, you can create a personal history. Start from elementary school and work up to the present, writing down the efforts and decisions you made at each point of your life. Be sure to write details of the specific actions you took and the reasons why you made certain decisions. This will make it possible to understand your thought process in the past and the criteria upon which you behaved.
Methods for objective self-analysis include personality tests and aptitude tests. However, there is also the possibility that family, friends, and other people around you can see appealing aspects of your personality which you have never noticed. Although it may be slightly embarrassing, asking people to describe your good qualities is helpful in obtaining an objective understanding of yourself. Please try conducting self-analysis and ask for some help from your acquaintances.
5. Visit Japan
Introducing universities and other regions throughout Japan! The August issue features the city of Higashihiroshima in Hiroshima Prefecture.
Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Higashihiroshima is a relatively new city. It was formed in 1974 through the merger of four towns in Hiroshima Prefecture. The merger was spurred by a plan for integration and relocation proposed by Hiroshima University in 1973. In response to the relocation of Hiroshima Prefecture’s only national university, development of the region began as an academic city centered on the university. Afterwards, Higashihiroshima was designated as a Technopolis for urban development based on advanced technological industries through cooperation among industry, academia, and government. Corporations possessing advanced technology began to gather in Higashihiroshima.
As a result, advanced industry entered the city and the Hiroshima Central Science Park was constructed. Various facilities were established in the park, including the Hiroshima Techno Plaza, which leases laboratories and research equipment for use in joint industry-academia research, the Western Region Industrial Research Center of the Hiroshima Prefectural Technology Research Institute, which is an institution for experimental research, and the Chugoku Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Furthermore, from this year, the city of Higashihiroshima has started the “Higashihiroshima City Project to Support the Creation of New Businesses and Settlement by University Students and Young Professional in the First Year of the Reiwa Period.” Mainly by holding related seminars, the project seeks to encourage the creation of new business and the settlement of new residents in surrounding areas.
Furthermore, based on the slogan of “A Future-Oriented International Academic and Research City,” Higashihiroshima has established numerous university-launched venture corporations centered on the university. In some cases, the new products developed through joint research with the university have resulted in dramatic increases in corporate business results.
Higashihiroshima is located in almost the exact center of the Chugoku region in western Japan, to the east of the prefectural capital of Hiroshima. Due to this location, Higashihiroshima has also grown as a commuter town for residents commuting to work in Hiroshima. The shinkansen (bullet train) and Sanyo Expressway pass through the city. Higashihiroshima is about two hours from Osaka and 90 minutes from Hakata by bullet train, providing outstanding access from both cities.
Prices in Hiroshima are slightly lower than in Tokyo. However, rental fees in Hiroshima are only about half of those in Tokyo. In terms of employment, 9,237 out of 12,038 university graduates found employment in Hiroshima Prefecture where the city of Higashihiroshima is located (according to the Report on the FY 2018 School Basic Survey). Also, 241 international students found work in Hiroshima Prefecture after graduating (according to the 2017 Report on Employment of International Students at Japanese Companies by the Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice). In order to support international students and other foreign residents in Higashihiroshima, the information desk at city hall and the Communication Corner distribute guidebooks such as a Living Guide for Foreign Residents (in English, Chinese, Portuguese and Vietnamese) and Child-Rearing for Foreign Residents (English, Chinese, Portuguese and easy-to-understand Japanese). Consultation in Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese is available over the telephone and at city hall. Some international students might be concerned about food, but the city has stores and restaurants selling food that is certified Halal.
Higashihiroshima is famous as one of Japan’s top brewing regions for Japanese sake. Together with the Nada district in the city of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture and the Fushimi district in the city of Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Higashihiroshima is included in Japan’s top three sake regions. Particularly in the Saijo-cho district of the city, Higashihiroshima is home to countless breweries of Japanese sake. The city is also home to Matsuo Shrine, one of the few shrines dedicated to the god of sake. Higashihiroshima is famous for the National Research Institute of Brewing, which is Japan’s only national research center focusing on alcohol. Every autumn, the city holds the Sake Festival, a popular event which attracts 200,000 people from throughout Japan. University students from volunteer clubs and other associations at the city’s three universities participate in the Sake Festival Operation Committee.
6. NIPPON Information
This section introduces information on Japan for international students!
- Guide on Residence Searches for International Students (types of residences; advantages/disadvantages)
A variety of preparations is required before studying overseas. Finding a place to live is always a big concern. This section introduces the types of residences for international students in Japan.
●What kind of residences are available for international students in Japan?
For international students who will be staying in Japan for a long period of time, there are four main types of residences: (1) Apartments/condominiums, (2) university dormitories, (3) share houses, and (4) international student centers. Three-fourths of all international students live in apartments and condominiums.
（1） Apartments/Condominiums: Both of these are essentially the same as apartments in English-speaking countries. Generally speaking, condominiums are usually larger than apartments, and are located in buildings with a greater number of floors. Rental fees vary greatly depending on factors such as the size of rooms, the number of rooms, facilities such as bathtubs and toilets, and the location of the building. You can search for apartments and condominiums on the Internet. However, in order to enter into a rental contract or tour a room, it is generally necessary to go through a professional real estate agency, many of which are located near train stations.
（2） University dormitories: Facilities, room layout, the existence of shared rooms, and other features vary greatly depending on the university. Each university has unique move-in requirements and living rules (for example, curfew times, sharing of responsibilities such as cleaning, obligation to attend dormitory events, etc.). The application period for entering dormitories is different at each university. We recommend contacting each university directly to confirm the application period.
（3） Share houses: Sometimes also referred to as “guesthouses.” Generally speaking, these residences use a system in which multiple housemates reside in the same house. Many companies introducing share houses can assist you in English. We recommend contacting share house companies at an early stage by e-mail or other means, and consulting about your desired lodgings.
（4） International student centers: Sometimes referred to as “international exchange centers,” these facilities are for international students and are operated by organizations such as universities, municipalities, and private corporations. In some facilities, residents include Japanese students and exchange events are held. In many cases, the period of accepting resident applications is irregular, or is held twice a year (usually summer and winter). Please visit the official website of each international student center to confirm details about accommodations and the period of resident applications.
●What are the advantages and disadvantage of each type of residence?
（1） The advantage of apartments and condominiums is that a large number of rooms are available when compared to residences such as university dormitories and international student centers. The disadvantage is that there are many complicated move-in procedures for foreigners: for example, obtaining required documents, providing substantiating documents, and finding a guarantor*. However, these procedures have become easier recently. In most cases, it is necessary to go through a real estate agency in order to search for and tour rooms.
* Guarantor: A person who pays charges in place of the resident if the resident fails to pay the rental fees for apartments or condominiums, or if the resident causes troubles such as damaging room facilities and is unable to pay damage compensation. Some universities will serve as an organization guarantor or introduce private guarantor services. Also, there are some rental rooms for foreigners for which guarantors are not required.
（2） The advantage of university dormitories is that they are relatively inexpensive and provide many opportunities to interact with Japanese students. The disadvantage is a lack of privacy and the possibility of sharing a room with a stranger. However, recent dormitories give more consideration to privacy. The number of private university dormitories is increasing, instead of shared rooms.
（3） The advantages of share houses are that many accept short-term stays of a few months, the rental fees are less expensive than apartments and condominiums, and in many cases a guarantor is not required. The disadvantage is that share houses may not be located near your university, as the majority are only located in downtown areas.
（4） The advantages of international student centers are that most residents are international students, the atmosphere is comfortable, staff members are used to working with international students and guarantors are usually not required. Additionally, some universities take measures such as stationing tutors at centers to provide advice on living issues, and establishing counseling offices. The disadvantage is that the number of residences is extremely limited.
●Do I need to arrange for furniture and home appliances?
Most apartments and condominiums have no furniture or home appliances, so you will need to purchase your own. Some university dormitories, share houses and international student centers are furnished and have home appliances, but it depends on the specific property. We recommend that you confirm furnishings via their websites or other methods prior to moving in. Also, you should check the room at the time of moving in, and then purchase any items which you may require.
●What are the expenses for each type of residence?
(1) The rental fees for apartments and condominiums vary depending on factors such as the location of the building and the size of the rooms. The rental fees in big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka are expensive, and a room of 10 square meters for a single person costs from 50,000 yen to over 70,000 yen. In other regions, you will be able to find rooms starting from 40,000 yen. Rent will also vary depending on factors such as the distance to the nearest train or subway station. Also, other than rental fees, initial costs at the time of moving in (such as deposit and key money*) usually range from 150,000 yen to 300,000 yen. Furthermore, an intermediate fee to the previously mentioned real estate agency is sometimes required. The majority of information on rental fees and related fees on the Internet is written in Japanese. However, there are some real estate agencies who actively transact with foreigners. (Fees are current as of June 2019)
*Deposit and key money: A deposit is mainly used to cover repair costs for returning the room to its original condition at the time of moving out. The deposit may be refunded if repairs to the room are not necessary. Unique to Japan, key money is a customary fee paid as gratitude for being allowed to rent the room and is not refunded.
The Japan Property Management Association publishes the following information on rental residences for foreigners: Guidelines to Help Foreigners Smoothly Move In to Rental Housing (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Nepali) and Room Search Guidebook (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese).
(2) Rental fees for university dormitories vary greatly depending on the university and dormitory. Some inexpensive university dormitories may only cost around 10,000 yen for both rent and utilities. Conversely, other dormitories may cost as much as 50,000 yen. Generally speaking, higher rent fees are also accompanied by a greater range of facilities and services (such as meals). In many cases, living in a dormitory will be less expensive than living in an apartment or condominium in the same region.
(3) Rent for share houses is slightly less expensive than apartments or condominiums. In particular, there is no need to pay an expensive deposit or key money at the time of moving in. Instead, many share houses ask for a small deposit ranging from 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen.
(4) The rental fees of international student centers are generally slightly less expensive than apartments and condominiums.
Each type of residence comes with its own unique appeal and points of compromise. When selecting a residence that best matches your needs, please comprehensively consider the advantages, disadvantages, and costs.
Magazines and Brochures from Japanese Government
Providing public relations materials regarding Japan, including culture and sport.
- International Dissemination of Japanese Culture
- This is the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Official YouTube Channel, which introduces Japan’s traditional culture and customs, such as Kabuki, Rakugo and Tea Ceremony to both inside and outside Japan. The videos are kindly provided by relevant organizations. The information will be updated frequently.
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.
- Study in Japan Fair 2019 (Thailand): Chiang Mai: Saturday, August 24, 2019 / Bangkok: Sunday, August 25, 2019
- See the official website for information on other events.
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
- Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students
- Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students
- Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students by Pre-arrival Admission (University Recommenders)
- Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan)
Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”
- Web Magazine "Ryugakukoryu"
- (Japanese version only)
Please read the August 2019 issue. It will be available on August 9.
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:
Yokohama National University
The University of Tokyo
University of Tsukuba
Nara Women’s 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
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
August is midsummer in Japan, and what better illustrates summer than swimming in the ocean? When I was a child, I never could have imagined a summer without going to the beach. Yet, recently, the number of Japanese people who go swimming in the ocean is decreasing. This trend is particularly prevalent among young people. Still, the beach is the only place where you can enjoy playing and swimming in the water against the background of a blue sky and blue water stretching to the horizon. I will never forget the freshness of the scenery when swimming slightly away from the shore and then looking back from the ocean. It’s definitely worth the time to go swimming in the vast ocean and relive your childhood at least once a year.
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 September 10. Don’t miss it!
- Information in this issue may change without notice. Please visit their websites for the latest information.
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