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If someone told me about this in advance, I might have had a change to run away. Who am I kidding? I would still fall in this very pitfall and be happy about it. So, you are a foreigner and you are thinking about doing your grad education in Japan. There are some things you should know before making the final decision. Here’s a three-item list of the things that I would recommend to consider. It takes more money than you imagine Remember this financial item called jyukenryou (受験料 – exam fee) in your exam portfolio? Basically, the school asks you to pay for looking at your application papers. Well, […]

On February 15th JR announced a release of an IC card that targets foreigners in Japan. This commuter card is dedicated to those who use public transport for a short time-period. It’s called “Welcome Suica”, and, apart from its designs that features Japanese sakura, it benefits its users by providing a prepaid public transportation services free of deposit. Normally, you pay a 500 yen deposit to have an IC card issued. But in the case of Welcome Suica foreign guests are welcome to take it as a Japanese souvenir. It covers all the ares that are covered by SUICA and PASMO, including buses, trains and underground. The sales start from […]

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One of my colleagues moved into the new apartment the other day. She said that she had to read the contract together with the owner for an hour. That’s what Japanese apartment contracts are! I should probably mention this more often, but Japan is an incredibly bureaucratic country. Their mind set on putting everything on paper, that’s why there are a lot of manuals and contracts. The bureaucracy has its plusses, once the deal is made you are fully protected by various papers. But there are also minuses, such as no one dares to set off the right path of a manual, for example. The rent contracts are part of […]

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It is entrance exam high time in Japan. Not only future bachelors, but also the future masters are shivering with anticipation. If you think of enrolling into a Japanese university for your master’s degree and consider a two-year master’s programme in Humanities, this is just the right section for you. I won’t write about how to enter a Japanese university, every university provides detailed guidelines to the entrance procedures on their webpages. Instead I will provide information on what career choices await you as a foreign student enrolled in master’s courses in Japan. Not long ago I worked as a one-day assistant during a master’s thesis defence. And although my […]

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Recently I was scouted as a one-day assistant on master’s thesis defence at my university. My job was to guide the master students in and out of the classrooms where their evaluators were waiting for them. Like Vergilius who guided Dante Alighieri through his Divine Comedy. Most of the graduate students in my faculty are foreign students. I took the liberty of talking to them and discussing their dissertations and their career plans. The scientific fields are chosen based on the applicability of their results My argument is solely based on my personal observations, but it seems that there is a trend for choosing a scientific field when it comes […]