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Why Japan?


In the shadow of Mt. Fuji, the cultural traditions of emperors, shoguns, geishas, and sumo wrestlers blend with the more modern popularity of nightlife and dining out. The young and the old feast on sushi, teriyaki, sukiyaki, tempura, and sashimi, while they wash down these delicacies with green tea and sake as they take-in trendsetting Tokyo nightlife. Welcome to Japan, where tradition meets modernity!

After its defeat in WWII, Japan recooperated to become a strong economic power as well as an ally of the United States. The country’s economy has seen unprecedented growth over the past few decades, thanks in part to Japanese ideals of a strong work ethic, coupled with a mastery of high technology. In fact, Japan ranks as the second-most technologically-powerful economy after the United States. One thing that makes Japan so unique is that it successfully retains its Eastern culture, but employs Western technology at the same time. Japanese technology is so advanced that the country owns nearly 60% of the world’s robots, and is one of world’s largest and most advanced producers of automobiles.

While Japan is geographically smaller than the state of California, its economy ranks as the third largest in the world after the economies of the United States and China respectively. With the incentive of a guarantee of lifetime employment, a large percentage of laborers in Japan’s economic system have job security. Crop yields, which are among the highest in the world, help to propel Japan’s economic and trade success. In addition, Japan boasts one of world’s largest fishing fleets, which proves capable of catching roughly 15% of the world’s fish. Therefore, any student interested in Pacific Rim trade, international business opportunities, or high technology would greatly benefit from study abroad in Japan. In Japan, students can make the necessary connections for launching their careers, as well as get background knowledge about the business practices and strategies used by Japan’s top companies.

Aside from its economy, Japan is a stable and highly developed country with a parliamentary democracy. Emperor Akihito represents a more modern ruler than in decades past, proving that he’s more akin to the European-style of rulers than he is to a demi-god. Japanese influence is being felt strongly through Asia and Australia, as the nation represents one of the world’s great powers in the international body known as the G8, making it a major player on the world’s stage. A student interested in the politics of Asia, international relations, or world affairs should take advantage of the opportunities that study abroad in a country like Japan provides.

Crime in Japan is well below the U.S. national average. Tourists and travelers alike refer to Japan as one of the safest and cleanest countries in the world, and say that the people are among the most friendly and helpful. Despite its reputation as the most seismically active areas on planet, earthquakes and other natural disasters like typhoons are not a deterrent for citizens or visitors. In fact, they may provide students interested in the sciences a unique experience to explore the natural phenomenon that take place on Japan and in its waters, as well as study the effects these global events have flora, fauna, people, and the world’s climate.

As a cultural presence, Japan has become a very real part of life in the United States and around the world, yet most people know very little about it. Studying in Japan will give you an opportunity to learn more about the meaning and history behind origami, bonsai, bunraku, ikebana, kabuki, poetry, tea and ukiyo-e (traditional paintings). If your interest lies more on the historical side, Japan’s tumultuous history spans the birth and decline of shoguns and samurai, the spread of Buddhism and Shintoism, and the emergence of legends like the Kamikaze (The Divine Wind), Kintaro, and Raiden. Art and culture even extend to food – professional sushi chefs train for years, sometimes ten or more, before they are deemed masters in their craft.

If you’re looking for a place that has made a successful transition from the old to the new, yet maintains a very strong hold to its history and traditions, Japan is the place for you.

Earning while studying in Japan

International students wishing to work in Japan must obtain a permit for extra-status activities from the Immigration Bureau before they start working. However, the permission is given only when it is clear that such activity does not affect his/her primal activity. Part-time job by college students and pre-college students is permitted to be within the scope that will not be a hinder to their study which is their primal activity. For example, college students are permitted to work up to 28 hours a week (occasional students and research students, up to 14 hours a week).

The items you will need to prepare before you leave for Japan are as follows:

  • Passport
  • Student visa (College Student or Pre-college Student visa)
  • I.D. photos (Six to ten copy photos 4.5cm by 3.5cm or 4cm by 3 cm ) Most of the I.D. photos that you will need for various applications and certificates after you arrive in Japan are of the sizes mentioned. We suggest that you bring at least 5 or 6 such photos since there will be many instances when you will need to supply a photograph of yourself. For example, you will need I.D. photos to apply for an alien registration card, to apply or register at your school, and sometimes to apply for accommodations.
  • Medicine
    There is a tendency for foreign students to become easily indisposed when they first arrive in Japan from the stress of living in an unfamiliar environment. Although medicine is of course available at Japanese pharmacies, it may be difficult for you to determine which medicine is most suitable for you. Therefore, we suggest that you bring such items as cold medicine, headache pain relievers and other household medicine with you.
  • Suitable clothing
    Temperatures can vary greatly in Japan depending on the location and season, so you will need to bring some clothing that is suitable for the region where you will be staying. You will especially need to bring warm clothing with you (sweaters, coats, etc.) if you will be arriving in autumn since temperatures begin dropping from around that time.
  • Japanese currency
    The amount of Japanese currency that you will need to bring with you will depend on what type of accommodations you will be staying in. However, we suggest that you bring about ¥200,000 (Japanese yen) with you in addition to your accommodation expense fee so that you will be able to purchase daily necessities and other items for settling in and living in Japan.

1) Registration related

  • Alien registration card
    Under the Alien Registration Law, all foreigners who reside in Japan are obligated to register as an alien. The initial alien registration must be made within 90 days of arrival in Japan at a municipal office in your area of residency. Those living in a city ward should go to the municipal ward office, and those living in a city should go to the municipal city office to apply for alien registration. After your alien registration card is issued to you, you must carry it with you at all times in place of your passport. (For details, please refer to the FAQ page.)
  • National Health Insurance card
    By subscribing to the National Health Insurance, foreign students will only need to pay a small portion of the fee for receiving medical treatment. Therefore, make sure to subscribe to the National Health Insurance. (For details, please refer to the FAQ page).
  • Bank or Postal savings account
    In order to open a bank or postal savings account, you will need your passport or alien registration. Japanese nationals usually affix a seal impression, but foreigners can use their signatures instead.

2) Daily life related

  • Telephone
    In order to get a registered telephone number in Japan, you need to buy a telephone subscription right from NTT. However, this is rather expensive. University co-ops often have a system whereby you can purchase a telephone subscription right on credit such as through a monthly installment plan. Recently, there seem to be an increasing number of students who buy a cellular telephone instead. Choose whichever suits your needs most, depending on the intended use and frequency of use. There are many different companies that offer cellular phone services, and pricing plans vary. Some pricing plans may even offer student discounts. Therefore, we suggest that you visit different cellular phone shops to compare phone and service prices before your subscribe.

  • Public utilities (water, gas, electricity)
    Public utility fees for water, gas and electricity are not included in your rent. Therefore, you will need to subscribe to and pay for the services yourself. If you will be living in an apartment, you can check with your landlord, etc. for contact information.

  • Bedding, kitchen supplies, tableware, etc.
    Japanese accommodations (dormitories and apartments) are generally not furnished. Although some dormitories may supply beds, you will usually have to buy such items as a bed and/or bedding, refrigerator, microwave, television, etc. Prices for such items have become quite inexpensive as compared to the past at discount shops, etc. You can also check the bulletin boards at your university or school for notices regarding sale of inexpensive items.

  • Washing machine, dryer
    Unlike Europe and the United States, apartments in Japan do not have a laundry room equipped with washing machines and dryers. Therefore you will have to either buy your own washing machine or go to a neighborhood coin-operated laundry.
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