29, Netherlands

What is your education level?

Vocational school

What is your current (or most recent) job?

Doctor’s assistant

When did you apply to come to Japan originally?

5 – Apr – 2020

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

It’s has always been a dream to be able to study in Japan. I wanted to learn the language while being able to use it directly out of school. Japan has a special place in my heart and it feels like a second home. It took me more then 10 years to find the courage and now I’m finally ready.

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

I have a hard working spirit and I’m not afraid to start from the bottom. I love being part of society and will always do my best to help people wherever I can.

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

My life is standing still for over a year now. I have quite my jobs 2 times now. It’s not easy to find work for a short periode. I’m living with my parents because I cannot rent or buy a apartment. My patients and flexibility are stretched to a breaking point. I’m willing to do everything from quarantine to vaccinations but japan has to start giving us something at this point a clear date would be preferred. For now I probably have to look again for a new job… since there I no sight on entering japan any time soon. It makes me really sad and frustrated

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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