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How much Japanese do I need in daily life in Japan? (Guide for Newcomers)

Some students studied Japanese for several years before coming to Japan, some have only studied it for a few months, and some have not studied Japanese at all. This article…

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Alumni Voices: Kenny Song, Solving a Global Problem by Founding a Tech Startup in Japan

Kenny conducted research on adversarial machine learning and related topics at the University of Tokyo as a MEXT scholar after moving to Tokyo from San Francisco two years ago. He…

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Experience After Quarantine

New scholars need to prepare many things before they embark on their journey to make the best out of their first couple of days in Japan. However, after arriving in…

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Volunteering at the Tokyo Olympics Games: a MEXT Alumni’s Experience

Even as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games become history, the contributions of more than 70,000 volunteers who made day-to-day operations of the events happen should not be forgotten….

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Getting Married and Having Kids in Japan: MEXT Scholars Speak!

Marriage and childbirth can be exciting but also stressful times. And the sense of anxiety is particularly palpable when they happen in a foreign country, amid an unfamiliar language and…

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My Quarantine Experience

Hello everyone. I am Arief Anthonius Purnama, from Indonesia. I arrived in Japan in June 2021. I am going to study at Shimane University. I am going to share my…

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Making Study Abroad a Little Less Daunting for Africans

The Study Abroad Research Institute African students remain a rare breed in contemporary Japan, despite the rapid internationalization of the country’s population. Japanese government data show that as of May…

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Going in Cashless in Japan: a Starter’s Guide to Several Options

Despite a large number of banks and other financial services providers pushing people to use electronic payments, Japan remains very much a cash-centered society. As of the second quarter of…

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Three Ways to Travel Cheaply Within Japan

The days of intercity vacations, at least within Japan, appear to be back. The “Go To Travel” campaign, a voucher system under which the government subsidizes up to USD 90…

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Managing Your Money the Local Way: Introduction to Financial Investments in Japan

For foreigners looking to live and work in Japan in the long term, simply finding ways to save money on day-to-day life may not be sufficient to reach certain long-term…