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Japan Alumni eNews (Vol.93)

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 93 January 10th, 2017

Japan Alumni eNews Vol. 93

1. Life in Japan by Photo Memories of Japan (Photo from readers)

Learn the life in Japan with photos posted by our readers! We look forward to your submissions of memorable photos of your experiences in Japan, including your student life, exposure to Japanese culture and history, travel, and more.

1 Photo title (15 words or less)
2 Name (katakana and alphabet)
3 Nationality
4 Name of your school in Japan

Landscape of study abroad location

The theme of the January issue is Life in Japan by Photo introduces Memories of Japan.
(Honorific title is omitted.)

A Ginkgo tree is covered with snow
  • ZHOU JUNJIE(China)

3rd year of College of Information Science, University of Tsukuba
Title: A Ginkgo tree is covered with snow.

2. Alumni News

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

1) News on International Students

NEWS 1 : MEXT Considers Launching Support Program for International Student Employment

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and other ministries are considering launching a new support program in 2017 as a measure to increase the number of international students to land a job with a company in Japan. Universities would cooperate with local companies and municipalities to develop a structure of Japanese lessons and career education to design program that would include internships offered by local companies. The said ministry is also looking to provide subsidies and will also consider implementing a system that would make it easier for students who completed the program to switch their visas from a student visa to a working visa.

NEWS 2 : Demonstration Experiment Providing Tourism Solutions Involving Use of Robot Launched

On November 30, NTT WEST, NTT, and the Kansai Economic Federation launched a demonstration experiment aimed at providing tourism solutions targeting foreign visitors to Japan. The experiment combined the use of a robot equipped with artificial intelligence technology and digital signage. Sota, a robot equipped with NTT Group's AI technology corevo and digital signage are being used to gather information such as nationality and length of stay from dialogues between foreign tourists. Based on the information, the robot will suggest sightseeing spots according to the interests of the visitors. The experiment took place at Osaka City Air Terminal, a place where many foreign tourists gather, many of whom have traveled through Kansai International Airport.

2) Introduction of Current International Students

Xiaohe Zhou

Name: Xiaohe Zhou
Nationality: Chinese
University in Japan: Hiroshima Shudo University (Currently enrolled)
Major: Commercial Sciences, Department of Business Administration
Academic Year: 3rd year
Period of Stay in Japan: September 2012 to present
Japanese proficiency level: Equivalent to Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1


I decided to study in Japan because I thought I would be better off financially, since the wages in Japan are higher compared with China. I was also interested in the Japanese style of business management as well as lifetime employment. When I was living in China, I once met some Japanese entrepreneurs who were business acquaintances of my father. They were all kind, and I’ve liked Japanese people ever since. Another reason was that I love Japanese food.

My first impression of Japan was that Japanese people did not dislike Chinese people as much as I had thought. On my flight to Japan, I did not have pen on me when I needed to fill out some forms. But an elderly man who was sitting next to me lent me his pen. Since then, I’ve felt that Japanese people are kind.
I also thought that Japan has a lot of low buildings. My hometown of Qingdao has a lot of tall buildings. The day I arrived in Hiroshima, it was rainy and somewhat gloomy, so I felt as though I had come to the deep countryside. On the flip side, I was surprised by the exceptionally clean bathrooms.

At Hiroshima Shudo University, where I am currently a student, I am taking up International Business Management. I enjoy listening to my teacher explain the news stories in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. In my classes, I am learning about the differences between global and Japanese companies.

My dream is to work for a Japanese company. It would be ideal if the company had a branch or office in my hometown, Qingdao, that way I could also work in China. I would also like to save 1 million yuan by the time I’m 30. Working hard and saving money is a good goal to shoot for.

If you are considering studying in Japan, study the language before you come to Japan. Doing that will make your Japanese that much better.

3) List of Japan Alumni Associations

Introduction of “Support for International Students Returning Home”

Malaysian Chapter of Yamaguchi University Overseas Alumni Association Established

On February 20, 2016, an inaugural ceremony for the Yamaguchi University (YU) Overseas Alumni Association Malaysia Chapter, the university’s eighth overseas alumni association, was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Yamaguchi University has accepted a large number of Malaysian international students through government sponsorships, student dispatch programs run by the Malaysian government, the Twinning Programs, and other programs. Over 150 international students have graduated from the university to date. The alumni have returned to Malaysia and are working for government agencies, institutions of higher education such as universities, and Japanese companies, among other places. Yamaguchi University will engage in continuous efforts to globalize itself by deepening academic exchanges with Malaysia while also working closely with the alumni association, which has been established on this occasion.

(In Japanese Only)

3. Academic News

Introducing scholarships, grants, unique activities at particular universities, and more!

1) Introduction of Faculties/Graduate Schools

Here we introduce you to particular faculties and graduate schools at Japanese universities.

Doshisha University

Doshisha University

University Profile (as of May 1 2016)
Name: Doshisha University
Imadegawa Campus: Karasuma-higashi-iru, Imadegawa-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Kyotanabe Campus: 1-3 Tatara Miyakodani, Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto-fu
Number of students: 27,053 (Undergraduate), 1,604 (Graduate)
Number of international students: 610 (Undergraduate), 438 (Graduate)

1. About Doshisha University

Doshisha University was founded in 1875 as “Doshisha English Academy” by Joseph Hardy Neejima, the first Japanese ever to receive a bachelor’s degree from an American university. Doshisha is one of the oldest universities in Japan with many proud traditions.

Christian principles, liberalism and internationalism lie at the heart of Doshisha’s educational philosophy.

As of 2016, Doshisha offers 14 undergraduate and 16 graduate programs. Of approximately 29,000 students, 1,500 are from other countries; Doshisha continues to expand its scope of international exchange.

2. Outline and Features of Distinctive Courses

The Institute for the Liberal Arts offers a distinct interdisciplinary program across six faculties (Faculties of Letters, Social Studies, Law, Economics, Commerce, and Policy Studies). The program comprises two courses: the Liberal Arts Course for international students and the International Specialization Course for Japanese students. The Liberal Arts Course enables international students to obtain a degree (Bachelor’s Degree in International Liberal Arts) by taking subjects taught entirely in English.

The International Science and Technology course offers interdisciplinary programs through active collaboration between the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (Engineering Information and Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, and Science of Environment and Mathematical Modeling) and the Graduate School of Life and Medical Sciences (Life and Medical Sciences). It is possible for students to obtain a degree by taking courses taught only in English

Faculty of Global Communications have a Japanese course for international students.

3. Scholarships and Living Support for International Student

Doshisha University offers a variety of scholarships to enable international students to concentrate on their studies free from financial concerns. “Doshisha University Merit Scholarships for Self-Funded International Students” offer 20% to full tuition scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional entrance examination results (applicable to those starting in 2017 and onward). Comprehensive guides for the wide range of off-campus scholarships are also available.

Furthermore, Doshisha University has an insurance program in which the university acts as a “joint guarantor” for international students who have difficulty finding a “joint guarantor” by themselves.

4. Career and Other Support for International Students

The Career Center at Doshisha offers career guidance and seminars for international students as well as career counseling in English.

In the Office of International Students, SIED (Student Staff for Intercultural Events at Doshisha) organizes events to promote cultural exchange between local and international students on campus. Past events include welcome events for incoming international students, Japanese cultural events - Kyoto walking tour, Japanese confectionery workshop, and Zen meditation -, and intercultural events where international students introduce their cultures.

2) Application Information for Scholarships, Grants, Invitations, Prizes, etc.

Iizuka Takeshi Scholarship Foundation

Name of Program:
2017 University Scholarship Program

Application requirements:
(1) International students enrolled in a university (four-year course or more) or graduate school in Tochigi prefecture.
(2) Individuals who have high aspirations, show exemplary conduct, have an excellent academic record, are in good health, and who can be expected to serve as global-minded citizens with sound judgement in the future.
(3) Individuals who are recognized as needing financial assistance for studying at a university or graduate school.
(4) Individuals who will be 30 years of age or younger as of April 1, 2017.

The Iizuka Takeshi Scholarship Foundation was established based on the principle of Takeshi Iizuka, who founded Tochigi Keisan Center (now called TKC Corporation). Iizuka believes that “The development of human resources is the ultimate endeavor,” a conclusion he came to base on his experiences as a youth. The foundation carries out human resource development programs through such activities as the provision of scholarships and holding of lectures.

How to apply:
The following forms must be submitted:
1. Forms for submission Please write up or prepare the following forms and submit them to our foundation.
(1) Scholarship program application form (designated form)
(2) Letter of recommendation from the school president (designated form)
(3) Student registration certificate
(4) Acquired credits and academic transcript from your university
(5) Japanese Resident certificate
(6) Copy of passport
(7) A short essay in Japanese
Theme: “The Strong Me and The Weak Me”
Word count requirement: Between 790 and 800 words
Manuscript paper: Please download the designated paper from our website.
For (1), (2), and (7), please download the forms from our website and fill them out.

Application period:
Friday, January 27 to Monday, February 6, 2017 (receipt date)

Scholarship amount:
35,000 yen per month per student, 420,000 yen annually. Only a limited number of students will be selected.

Subsidy period:
Until the recipient reaches the age of 30 for a maximum of 4 years (including years in graduate school).

Iizuka Takeshi Scholarship Foundation
Inside TKC Corporation, 1758 Tsuruta-machi, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 320-8644
Tel: 028-649-2121
Fax: 028-649-1103

(In Japanese Only)

Kobe Student Youth Center

Name of Program:
2017 Rokko Scholarship Fund

Application requirements:
· Individuals from the Asian region studying at a school in Hyogo as of February 1, 2017.
· Individuals who will be a student from April 2017 to March 2018.
· Individuals who are not a recipient of another scholarship.

The Kobe Student Youth Center founded the Rokko Scholarship Fund in an effort to assist international students and pre-college students who were affected by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which occurred on January 17, 1995. Since 1996, the center has awarded around 4 to 10 scholarships to students each year. This fiscal year (as in past years), scholarships will be awarded to 7 international students and pre-college students currently enrolled at a prefectural schools in Hyogo.

Application period / How to Apply:
Application period: Please submit the prescribed application form and letter of recommendation to the Kobe Student Youth Center through your university, graduate school, or other educational institution no later than February 28, 2017.

Scholarship amount:
50,000 yen per month per student. Recipients do not need to pay the money back. Please visit the Kobe Student Youth Center each month to receive your payments in person.

Payment period:
1 year starting April 2017

Kobe Student Youth Center
3-1-1 Yamado-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-0064
Tel: 078-851-2760
Fax: 078-821-5878

(In Japanese Only)

3) Information about International Symposium

The 32nd International Symposium on Okhotsk Sea & Sea Ice

This symposium, which aims to achieve the industrial, economic, and cultural development of the Okhotsk area, has been highly recognized both here and abroad. Numerous research achievements have been presented in the 31 times the symposium has been held to date. The 32nd International Symposium will include research presentations on various fields related to polar oceans as well as workshops for city residents such as “Okhotsk: Sea of Our Home,” “On the Blizzards of the Okhotsk Region,” and “Family Fun Polar Ocean Symposium.” The aim will be to build on the symposium’s past achievements.

Dates: Sunday-Wednesday, Feb. 19-22, 2017
Venue: Monbetsu Citizens’ Hall, Monbetsu Culture Hall, Monbetsu City Museum

4) Academic Societies

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5) Japanese Language Tests

4.Business News

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

1) Job Hunting Event Information

The Program for Advancement of Foreign Human Resources is being launched from 2015, as a collaborative effort of related government ministries and agencies, and other relevant organizations. The Program seeks to increase employment of international students in Japan, and hence increase the number of highly skilled international professionals in the future, following the recent trend in policy that includes the 2014 revision of “Japan Revitalization Strategy – Japan is Back” (approved by the Cabinet on June 24th, 2014). The ultimate aim is to vitalize the Japanese economy further and enhance Japan’s presence in the global economy.
Through seminars, events and other activities, the Program will strengthen the system of connecting international students and other foreign nationals looking for employment in Japan, with companies in Japan looking to recruit international employees.

  • Fukuoka Gakusei Shokugyo Center
  • (In Japanese Only)
  • Offer job information, guidance for job-hunting, Research industry and self-analyze, Preparing seminar for job-hunting, and a private consultation etc.

Events for International Student

  • 3rd Job Interview Meetings for International Students
  • (In Japanese Only)
    Date & time: Wednesday-Friday, January 25-27, 2017
    Venue: 21F Odakyu Dai-Ichi Life Building, 2-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    By: Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners
  • Job & Interview Fair for International students
  • (In Japanese Only)
    Date & time: Friday, January 27, 2017 13:00–17:00
    Place: 18F Hankyu Grand Building
    Who can join: Job-hunting for students who will graduate in March 2017 and graduated within 3 years.
    By: Osaka Employment Service Center for Foreigners
  • 10th Job-hunting Guidance for International Students Self-assessment and Industry & Company Research
  • (In Japanese Only)
    Date & time: Thursday, January 19, 2017 13:30–16:30
    Venue: Quality Of Life Seminar Room (2F Chiyoda Building, 2-2-22 Kandata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
    By: Quality Of Life, Inc.
  • Seminar on job-hunting preparation
  • (In Japanese Only)
    Date & time: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 15:30–17:00
    Venue: Fukuoka Shinsotsu Ouen Hello Work (12F, El Gala Office Building, 1-4-2, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka)
    Who can join: International students who are candidates for March 2018 graduation
    By: Fukuoka Shinsotsu Ouen Hello Work [Fukuoka Gakusei Shokugyou Center]
  • Guidance for International Students on Job-hunting
  • (In Japanese Only)
    Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 15:30–17:30
    Venue: Fukuoka Shinsotsu Ouen Hello Work (12F, El Gala Office Building, 1-4-2, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka)
    Who can join: International students who are candidates for March 2018 graduation
    By: Fukuoka Shinsotsu Ouen Hello Work [Fukuoka Gakusei Shokugyou Center]

Useful Web Site for International Students

  • These web sites has search engine for a company recruiting international students.
  • Asagaku Navi
  • (Gakujo Co., Ltd.)
    (In Japanese Only)
  • Diamond Shukatsu Navi
    (In Japanese Only)
  • (Mynavi Corporation)
    (In Japanese Only)
  • Rikunavi
  • (Recruit Career Co., Ltd.)
    (In Japanese Only)
  • Syusyoku-Japan
  • (The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ Japan Network for International Education/ PRO*SEEDS)
    (In Japanese Only)

2) Job Hunting Report

Nick Tong

Name : Nick Tong
Nationality : Chinese
University in Japan : Yamagata University Graduate School
Major : Management of Technology (MOT)
Period of study in Japan : From October 2008 to September 2010
Name of company : Fujisoft Incorporated
Japanese proficiency level : Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1

I decided to study in Japan after attending a briefing session at Yamagata University and became interested in the Asian Human Resources Fund. The Asian Human Resources Fund is a program in which students take MOT courses at graduate schools as well as learn business Japanese and Japanese business practices in an aim to land a job at a Japanese company. Through the program, I was awarded a scholarship funded by the Japanese government for two years.

After completing my graduate program, I joined Fujisoft Incorporated, which is where I work now. I am currently a manager of the team whose main responsibility is to provide and set up the server which is required in providing our company’s services.
During the job-hunting process, I submitted a pre-entry (a form containing my personal information for submitting to companies in order to receive information on the companies as well as invitations to attending company information sessions) to about 25 companies, and attended company information sessions for about 12 of those companies, which is roughly half of the companies I submitted a pre-entry to. I submitted an entry to 10 companies for which I attended company information sessions and had interviews with five of them.

There are two effective strategies for landing a job. One is to research the companies. In researching the companies, I spoke to alumni who have worked for the companies and went to social gatherings. I also prioritized learning more about examining financial statements.
The other effective strategy is to sell yourself by obtaining qualifications that demonstrate your language skills as well as your professional and technical skills. For the interview, it is a good idea to focus on a single strength or skill to talk about.

To prepare for interviews, you need to decide what your topics in advance and run through it in your mind over and over again to draw the interest of the companies. “Do you have any questions?” is a question that is asked in every interview. You will need to prepare some questions to give off the impression that you are knowledgeable about the company and that you really want to work for them.
The key to landing a job is preparation. If you are prepared, you won't have regrets. Be sure to be well prepared and go into the interview with confidence.

3) Job Hunting Information Article

Strategies for filling out an entry sheet

Once companies begin their recruiting activities in March, they will open submissions of entries via recruitment websites. This will land you many opportunities to attend company information sessions. The first hurdle that international students face is the entry sheet, which is submitted at the time of entry or following company information sessions. The entry sheet is a form that is submitted to companies when applying for a job. It is different from a resume, and the questions will vary depending on the company. Many international students struggle with it because they must fill it out in Japanese.

Typical questions asked on an entry sheet include: “Tell me about yourself.” “What are some activities you participated in as a student?” “What are your reasons for applying?” Many companies ask these questions, so you will need to organize your thoughts on how to answer them in advance. The first thing you need to do is to organize your thoughts and write an answer for each question. Some things to keep in mind when filling out your entry sheet include using the same tone of writing (e.g. “desu” or “de aru”) throughout your answers, avoiding the excessive use of demonstratives such as kore (this) or sore (that), beginning with the main point, and ensuring that your answers can be understood by anyone who reads it. Writing answers to the questions is just the first step to completing the entry sheet. You will need to ask your teachers or other Japanese people you know to check and revise what you wrote. If you did not pass the selection process after submitting your entry sheet, you will need to look over your answers once again and revise them. You must revise your answers over and over again to make your answers complete. Your entry sheet will serve as a draft for the content of your interviews, which the next step in the hiring process. Try to come up with the best answers you can in your entry sheet so you can answer the questions smoothly in your interviews.

5. Visit Japan

Oita Prefecture

Have you been travelling around Japan? In this section, we bring you information about sights, events, and foods from all over the country! The December edition looks at Oita Prefecture.

Kyushu Natural Zoological Park African Safari
  • Kyushu Natural Zoological Park African Safari

This is Japan’s largest safari park. It spreads across a vast grass-covered plain that is approximately 115 square meters. About 1,400 wild animals from 70 different species live within the park. Visitors may ride an animal-shaped jungle buses and directly feed wild animals (such as giraffes and lions).
African Safari is divided into two zones: the “animal zone” and the “petting zone.” In the animal zone, visitors are able to look at the animals while exploring the 6-kilometer safari road within their cars or the animal-shaped jungle buses. In the petting zone, visitors are able to pet small animals (such as rabbits and guinea pigs) as well as kangaroos.

Beppu Jigoku Meguri
  • Beppu Jigoku Meguri

Beppu Onsen is a group of hot springs located in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture. It consists of a variety of hot springs. Beppu jigoku meguri refers to an excursion that involves visiting the 8 fiery “hells” of Beppu in about two hours. The 8 fiery “hells” of Beppu are Chinoike Jigoku (blood pond hell), Umi Jigoku (sea hell), Oniishibozu Jigoku (mud bubble hell), Yama Jigoku (mountain hell) , Kamado Jigoku (cooking pot hell), Tatsumaki Jigoku (spout hell), and Shiraike Jigoku (white pond hell). According to historical records, Beppu jigoku meguri is an old custom that began in the Edo period. Umi Jigoku, which has a cobalt-blue color, is said to have formed 1,200 years ago, when Mount Tsurumi erupted. The source of its cobalt-blue color is iron sulfate.

Nakatsu Karaage
  • Nakatsu Karaage

Due to a government policy that caused an influx of poultry farms, the city of Nakatsu has many eateries that specialize in karaage (fried chicken). In addition to common seasonings such as a soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, each karaage eatery in Nakatsu has its own way of blending spices, creating very distinct flavors. In 2010, in an effort to establish the Nakatsu Karaage brand, 23 eateries in Nakatsu founded the Authentic Nakatsu Karaage Association and began promoting fried chicken as a local delicacy. Aside from the locals of Nakatsu, people from other far locations also travel to enjoy the taste of Nakatsu karaage.

Tenryo Hita Geta
  • Tenryo Hita Geta

Hita has long been known as a source for Japanese cedar and the logging industry has long been prospering from it. Hita geta (a type of traditional Japanese footwear) is one of Hita’s traditional specialty products; Hita’s production of geta has greatly flourished during 1830 and 1844 because the daikan (local governor under the Tokugawa government) has encouraged the manufacturing of geta. Sometime around the Meiji and Taisho periods, the Hita geta has changed its material to wood made out of the trees growing in the Hita basin, such as Japanese cedar and Pine. The Hita geta, made from quality timber grown from the Hita region, is comfortable to wear and it is said that it is good for the health. Hita geta is not only limited to the traditional type, recently a variety of types have been made including colorful geta and modern sandals. Hita is still widely known as one of Japan’s leading production areas for footwear.

Oita Fugu Festa
  • Oita Fugu Festa

The Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon is known throughout Japan as a gateway to success for marathon runners. It is held each year on the first Sunday of February. The Oita Fugu Festa, which is held during the time of the marathon, is an event that is held by the Oita Municipal Government, the Oita City Tourist Association, and Oita Association of Well-known Fugu Eateries. The aim of the event is to promote fugu (pufferfish) from the Bungo Channel in Oita. Eateries that are members of the Oita Association of Well-known Fugu Eateries sell fugu lunches during the time of Oita Fugu Festa and Fugu zosui (rice soup) on the day of the marathon.

6. NIPPON Information

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

1) NIPPON Time Machine

Kagami biraki

Kagami biraki
This is custom where ozoni (soup with mochi rice cakes) or oshiruko (sweet red bean soup) is made with the kagami mochi (rice cake decoration) which would then be offered to Toshigami-sama (god of the New Year). This custom helps bring harmony to families. Kagami biraki generally takes place on January 11th.

It is common practice for Kagami biraki to take place after matsunouchi. Matsunouchi refers to the period of time when a kadomatsu (pine tree decorations) are decorated in front of the home. It is believed that Toshigami-sama comes down from the mountains during this time and enters the home. In the old days, since matsunouchi was held between January 1st and 15th, kagami biraki took place on January 20th. But after Iemitsu Tokugawa died on April 20th, people in the Kanto region began avoiding the practice of holding kagami biraki on January 20th, as the 20th was associated with Iemitsu’s death. As a result, the date for Kagami biraki was changed to from January 20th to the 11th. Nevertheless, there are many places in the Kansai region (where the Tokugawa government had little influence) in which kagami biraki still takes place on January 20th. On a side note, the period of matsunouchi has been shortened to only until January 7th instead of the 15th in the Kanto region. This change was made to make way for the kagami biraki which occurs in January 11th.

It is considered extremely rude to point a knife toward the offerings that were made to Toshigami-sama. For that reason, it had long been the tradition to break the kagami mochi into smaller pieces with a mallet for kagami biraki. Thus, kagami biraki is also called kagamiwari (“Wari” means “to break” in Japanese.).

If you just decorate the kagami mochi, it will be nothing more than an offering to Toshigami-sama. The kagami mochi is believed to be the place where Toshigami-sama is, rather than just a place for placing the offerings. Therefore, by opening the kagami mochi, we are sending Toshigami-sama back to the mountains and we are turning the page to begin a new year.

In addition, by eating the kagami mochi offered to Toshigami-sama, we are taking in its strength and expressing our gratitude to Toshigami-sama or Buddha. This also symbolizes a wish for good health.

2) Lifestyle Information


In Japan, the age of adulthood is 20. Seijinshiki (coming-of-age ceremony) is a ceremony that marks the end of childhood for new adults. In the ceremony, the new adults become aware that they will now live independently and will no longer be under the protection of their parents or other adults and are now joining the society of adults. In recent years, municipalities in Japan have held lecture events or parties for the new adults as well as events in which the new adults are presented with commemorative gifts, words of encouragement, and blessings. In 2000, the second Monday in January was established as a public holiday as seijin no hi (coming of age day), under the Happy Monday System. In the Seijinshiki, which are held by each respective municipality on seijin no hi, the new adults dress up-women in furisode (a kimono with long sleeves) and men in a suit or a haori and hakama (traditional formal attire). The mayor or other local government officials also give a speech to congratulate the new adults. So why did seijin no hi become a public holiday? Here is a theory: After the events of World War II, aside from the shortage of food and commodities, Japan's human resources were also greatly depleted. So, the bureaucrats at the time believed that in order for the nation to be successful, the citizens needed to grow; this day marks the day in which children grow into adults and are introduced to the fact that that they were no longer children and have to function as adults.

7. JASSO News

Information about JASSO Scholarship programs, invitation program, Japan Education Fairs, and the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).

1) Schedule, etc. for 2016 Japan Education Fairs

JASSO holds Japan Education Fairs overseas to provide information to high school students, university students and other individuals who are interested in studying in Japan. We also attend and cooperate to the events and seminars sponsored by other organizations.

2) 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 on experience of international students 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 in 14 languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese), Korean, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Myanmar language and Bengali, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, French, German, Mongolian, and Portuguese.

3) Official Facebook Pages of JASSO and Overseas Representative Offices

We also provide the latest information on studying in Japan on our official Facebook pages. Check them out!

4) Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

5) JASSO Scholarship Programs

6) Web Magazine “Ryugakukoryu”

The January 2016 issue will be published on January 10th. Please make sure to read it!

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 to conduct short term research at universities in Japan.

8) 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.

8. From the Reader

How did you find the December edition of Japan Alumni eNews?
Thank you for your kind information. I admire japan's culture and people. In India, people welcome new year according to their traditions and its quite varied as India has many religions and cultures. Few visit to tempels,churches,mosques,and other holy places while few donate their old clothes to the poor and prefer to wear new ones.
(Natraj Poojary)

Okay, Many thanks and I also congratulate new year to you all and wish coming year brings us prosperity.
(Professor Wakil Ahmad Sarhadi, PhD)

(Honorific title is omitted.)

[From the Editor]
How did you find the January issue of Japan Alumni eNews?
A dream that the first dream we see between January 1st and 2nd is called a hatsuyume. According to a Japanese proverb, there are three things that are said to bring us good fortune if they appear in a hatsuyume: first, Mt. Fuji, second, a falcon, and third, an eggplant. There are various theories on why it is these three things. One is that Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of the Tokugawa government, enjoyed falconry and eating eggplants. Another theory is that the three words- Fuji, taka (falcon), and nasu (eggplant) sound similar to auspicious words: buji (safe), takai (high elevation) and koto wo nasu (getting things done), respectively. What dreams did you all see for your hatsuyume?

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