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.
What is your education level?
What is your current (or most recent) job?
When did you apply to come to Japan originally?
16 – March – 2021
Why does studying Japanese in Japan mean so much to you?
When I was in elementary school, an employee of the Japanese embassy visited our school and showed us a documentary about Japan and folded some origami with us. I was so fascinated by this country which seemed so different to Germany and my small hometown. From that day on, I fell in love with Japan and the Japanese culture and I swore to myself, that someday I’ll live in Japan. By studying Japanese and living in Japan, I can finally fulfill my lifelong dream.
How do you think that as a student in Japan that you will add benefit to Japan society?
Japan and Germany have very different cultural backgrounds, but I strongly believe that if we share the best things both our countries and cultures can offer, we will be able to grow stronger together. As mentioned before, I really love Japan and I want to work hard everyday to make Japan a better place for all its citizens and people living there by using my skills I learned before, and with the new skills that I will learn while studying in Japan.
What will it mean to you if there is another delay for students to be able to come to Japan?
I have quit my safe job and moved out of my apartment in anticipation of being able to move to Japan and now I am facing the burden of not having a job. I am living with my parents for now, but they are older and me living there puts a great burden on them. Also, since I don’t know when I can go to Japan, I cannot go looking for a job. This uncertainty also causes issues when dealing with things like health insurance and social security benefits. I will do all I possibly can to prepare for my class in Japan until I can enter again, but it’s becoming more difficult the longer it takes.
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.
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.