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?
Why does studying Japanese in Japan mean so much to you?
Since childhood, I have found Japan, the country, the culture and the language fascinating and was a very big fan of it. Was perhaps also because I, since I’m little, anime and manga love and collect. I want to study in Japan to finally fulfill my childhood dream and to be able to go to my dream country. I want to be able to implement and apply what I have learned directly. I also want to fully immerse myself in the culture and language. I can’t describe it exactly, but I feel very connected to the country and it would be just fabulous to finally be there.
How do you think that as a student in Japan that you will add benefit to Japan society?
As a trained PTA, so working in the pharmaceutical field, I can help people on the spot if necessary, no matter what it is, be it medication, blood pressure or first aid. I will help my fellow students wherever I can and support them. I want to be fully involved where I can and help you. I could also help people with German language or English language if they want. I may not be able to contribute as much, but I want to do my best and be a part of life in Japan.
What will it mean to you if there is another delay for students to be able to come to Japan?
The world would mean it for me. By that I mean it would mean another world collapsing for me and I would be devastated again. I wanted to come to Japan last year to study, but thanks to Corona that never happened and I ended up finishing school at home, via online school. I was very sad and devastated when I heard that I could not go to Japan. I had hoped that I would finally be able to enter this year to study there again and had to painfully learn again that it won’t work out. So as I said, it means the world to me when it is postponed again.
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.