32, Australia

What is your education level?


What is your current (or most recent) job?


When did you apply to come to Japan originally?

1 – Apr – 2021

Why does studying Japanese in Japan mean so much to you?

This is the first step to rebuilding my life in Japan. This is the first step to be properly integrated into Japanese society and reuniting with my loved one there again. I want to be a bridge between Japan and the rest of the world.

How do you think that as a student in Japan that you will add benefit to Japan society?

I’m not just a student but also someone with active knowledge of the building environment as a registered architect. I come with skills and a fierce determination to pave a new way for myself in Japan. My paternal grandmother is Japanese; I was born overseas but nonetheless, I would like to return to her homeland so as to be a bridge between Japan and the world.

What will it mean to you if there is another delay for students to be able to come to Japan?

I have been living out of my luggage. I have quit my well-paying job and gave my up life in Australia to relocate to Japan. I have no where to live at the moment. I am craving stability to my life. All I would like to do is to attend school in person and get into a daily routine again. I stress over and worry each day I’m apart from my loved ones. Please let us in. There will be a lot more long term benefits in allowing students and new long-term visa holders into the country as compared to the short-term benefits of the Olympics. Any economic pay-offs from the Olympics would have been cancelled out by the pandemic and the decision to ban overseas spectators from attending the games. Students would bring future prosperity and growth to the country.

Chamika, 30, Sri Lanka

I am waiting from April 2020 to get into my university as a self-financed student. April intake was postponed because of the corona situation. Then I was able to register for the September intake. However, because of COE delays, I couldn’t get in during the time Japan was open for students. My research is already on hold since I cannot perform the experiments needed for data acquisition. Because of this uncertainty, I now have to consider a Ph.D. topic change even after spending 8 months into my research. I left my previous job in 2019 January thinking I’ll be able to get in by April. Because I don’t know when Japan will start accepting students, I can’t apply for any other job positions either. There is a minimum contract period that I must complete before quitting all most all of the jobs. So my life is on hold since January of 2019. It is not an easy task to keep going [especially mentally] when you are already 30 and you have to depend on your parents for food and a roof over your head. At this point, I am prepared to accept any conditions imposed by the Japanese government if it means that I can start my research. Even something like quarantining in a paid embassy designated quarantine location in my home country before I come to Japan. So, total of one month quarantining is a possible action for me now at this point. That’s how desperate I am at the moment, and I know it would be same for many students who dreamt of studying in Japan. Another long delay will force me to drop my research dream and focus on a different path for the sake of my mental health alone.

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Giulia, 26, Italy

I have been studying Japanese for seven years. I spent the last year stuck at University, keeping paying taxes even if I finished all the exams in Winter 2020 just waiting for Japan to open and let me in, since I am trying to write my MA thesis regarding women contemporary literature in Japan.

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Lissette, 30, America

It is very important to learn first hand in Japan because it will let me keep pushing forward to learn. There is no better way to learn a language than in the country it comes from.

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John, 30, America

Studying in Japan has always been part of my dream. I wish to pursue not only studying and becoming fluent in Japanese, but to be able to build a life in Japan. I have visited many times and made many Japanese friends. Each visit has had a profound effect on my life, and I wish to be able to communicate fluently, in order to become a contributing member of Japanese society.

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Veronica, 25, Italy

I always dreamed of going to Japan as soon as I graduated in Japanese (which was last October). My goal is to improve the language, as I would like to become a translator in the future.

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Abhishek, 23, India

studying Japanese in Japan is means a lot to me because for me it’s always my dream to live and study in japan and experience their culture while enjoying student life which I always dreamed of.

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