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?
Head of Quality Management for Medical Devices
When did you apply to come to Japan originally?
19 – May – 2020
Why does studying Japanese in Japan mean so much to you?
Since Japan has one of the best health care systems and is a pioneer in using technology for medical purposes, we want to establish a connection to use synergies between our company and the japanese health care system. On the other hand it was a dream of mine to study Japanese language and it’s culture since I was a little boy. We had a teacher in school whose daughter was studying in Japan. As he showed us the pictures of the country and told us some stories, the love for this country was set for me.
How do you think that as a student in Japan that you will add benefit to Japan society?
I discovered, that a lot of Japanese are willing to learn new languages and love to use an opportunity to communicat in order to build up their speaking skills. Since I speak 4 languages at the time beeing (not counting Japanese yet) I’d love to communicate with Japanese people willing to learn new languages and get insights in different cultures.
Also our company is a manufacturer of software (mostly apps) as medical devices. As a representant I want to establish connections to Japanese enterprises to exchange know-how and bring benefit to the Japanese health care systems with our expertise in medical triage. I think especially in the time of the pandemic, it is time, that more health care systems think about how to manage a huge amount of patients and ensure, that everyone is treatet at the right place in time.
What will it mean to you if there is another delay for students to be able to come to Japan?
I’d have to sleep on the couch of a friend from April, since the apartement was given up due to the move to Japan. All my plans for my career and personal goals would be messed up, too. For my company, we will may miss the oportunity to contribute to the Japanese health care system to help managing pandemic problems.
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.