27, Germany

What is your education level?


What is your current (or most recent) job?

Research assistant

When did you apply to come to Japan originally?

1 – Sep – 2020

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

I’m doing a master’s focusing on EU-Japan relations and politics and law in East Asia. Studying Japanese and going to Japan to complete my Double Master’s Degree at a Japanese university this year is an essential part of advancing my expertise in this area and contributing to the understanding and exchange between the European Union and Japan.

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

After my studies, I wish to seek employment in Japan and contribute with my language skills as well as knowledge about politics and law in the European Union and Japan to academic and economic exchange between the EU and Japan. During my studies, I furthermore plan to contribute with my Master’s thesis to the research field of international relations in East Asia and relations between the EU and Japan. My research focuses on Japan as playing an important role as an international actor to advance liberal values on the global stage and can help the understanding of how to develop this role further, especially in its cooperation with the European Union.

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

The supervision of my Master’s thesis will be made extremely difficult as it won’t be possible to regularly meet with my thesis supervisor and discuss my research in person. Taking my classes online furthermore means that I will often have class at 2 am or 3 am at night which decreases my concentration in the classes I have desperately wanted to attend since last year. Furthermore, not being able to take my Japanese language classes in person and regularly using the Japanese language during daily life will significantly hinder my Japanese learning progress.

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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