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Sweden Japan

– What is Japan?

With a population of 126 million, Japans economy is the third largest in the world measured in nominal GDP. These last two decades the economigc growth has been low, especially comparing to strong neighbouring countries in Asia. The Japanese government is now prioritizing the inflow of FDI. An example of this are the trade agreements currently being negotiated.

– This is why I like Japan

I’ve now lived in Japan for more than two years and can clearly tell that it’s a fascinating country with a lot of contradictions. The consumers are very demanding in terms of service and if you can succeed in Japan, the rewards are very fruitful! Japan, being a highly developed industrial country is a good gateway towards the rest of east Asia as well. If you are thinking about studying in Japan as an exchange- or regular student, take a look at my story and my school – Doshisha University.

– Why should you study in Japan?

I have found three appealing reasons why studies in Japan is beneficial.
  • There’s an advanced learning environment. You can learn and study the latest technology and phenomenon’s in various fields. Get to know what enabled Japan’s amazing economic growth period. There are excellent research, computer and library facilities. Japan have several Nobel prize winners.
  • Low tuition fees as well as generous scholarships. Compared to fees in other developed countries, Japanese universities are relatively inexpensive. There are also many government sponsored scholarships as well as scholarships from the universities themselves. In addition to that, there are many private scholarships in Japan, and I’m sure there are several grants towards research in Japan in your own home country too.
  • A fascinating culture and high technology. Living in the Kansai area has given me a feeling of both the old and new Japan. There is a good mix of the East and West where most things really co-exists in harmony.

The “Global 30” Project is a Japanese government project aiming on inviting 300,000 international students annually to Japan by 2020. In 2013, the number of students was only about 135 000, this means that the aim is very high and Japan makes a lot of effort for you to come here! 13 universities has been selected to be members for now. There is no Japanese proficiency required at the time of admission and you can take the entrance examinations from your own country. If you get accepted into one of these degree programs, you can count on getting the best knowledge of Japanese language and culture.  The doors are wide open!

– How do you become successful in Japan?

I’ve gathered a few tips you should keep in mind if you want to become big in Japan. Also take a look at the Useful links section.
  • You need to learn Japanese!
  • You must have a good knowledge of and respect the culture.
  • Go and study in Japan! Become an exchange student and get a taste of Japan yourself! You can also try to find a specific study or research theme connected to Japan at graduate/undergraduate level.
  • If you are aiming to work in Japan, keep in mind that many companies wants you as a part of their diversity strategy for human resources. Or because they need people that understands foreign languages and culture that has an impact in their business.
  • Find some other activities connected to Japan to cultivate yourself. Could be manga or anime, ikebana or bonsai, aikido or kendo!
  • At least – Get a Bachelor degree. This will simplify things a lot, in particular the working visa part!

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