How to move to Japan
By: Peter Head (repost)
Original article can be found on Japanoscope
So you want to live in Japan, where the Sushi-fish rides the train more comfortably than the sardine salaryman on the Tokyo subway? Where the sakura blooms for 364 days a year and the rivers run with Calpis Soda. Where the onsen bubble out of brooks between smooth stones on every rural street corner.
Well, you should! Japan is awesome. Cliches and kusai stuff aside. I’ve had the preasure and plivilege, to live there twice, once on a working-holiday, which is possibly the greatest compound word created in the last 40 years of the English language, and once as a university student, for around four years all up.
I find myself drawn back there every year, like the ball of a kendama that always bounces home on it’s string. The food’s great, the people are great, and it’s an intriguing culture that is deep enough that you can go on learning more about it indefinitely.
So, how do you move to Japan? How can we make this happen? It can be overwhelming trying to crack that nut.
Where to start? The two major major on offer, as with life more generally, are work or study.
Here’s an info graphic I put together that simply spells out my favourite ideas:
Now, let’s put some of these options under the Japanoscope
Get Paid To Study!Psst, let me share with you a secret. There is a system where the Japanese government will actually PAY YOU to live in Japan and study. No, this isn’t some magical, mystical eldorado-like myth. Pinch yourself, this is the real deal. If you are a Japan-fan like me, and are under 35, it’s a no brainer. A no-miso brainer, no less. Is that a scholarship in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Let me introduce to you the…
Monbukagakusho ScholarshipDon’t be intimidated by the gratuitous jumble of syllables long enough to take up a whole line of you’re latest literary Haiku, Monbukagakusho actually translates as “you’d be insane not to pack your quill, parchment and i-device, and jump on the plane, you crazy gaijin”. At least that’s how it comes up in my personal dictionary. It may also translate into the equally snappy “Ministry of Education, CuIture, Sports, Science and Technology”. But call them MEXT. They love that. Why no one in the department has taken up the opportunity to throw a “MEXT TEX-MEX Potluck party” is the subject of a whole other blog post.
Nomenclature aside, the salient facts are that they pay for your travel expenses to get to the country, they give you a living allowance, and you don’t even need to speak any Japanese or nothin’.
I lucked out in my early 20s to spend three years in Kyoto studying. For further information, just look up “life-changing experience” in your English-Japanese e-jisho.
Categories and eligibility for Monbukagakusho Scholarship
To read more click here for the full article on Japanoscope
Japan is one of the largest economies in the world. Despite its reputation as a homogeneous society the country does have a sizeable expatriate population from across the world. With an aging population that most likely will have Japan further seek foreign talent from across the world. See a short top 10 (by population) of the largest expatriates living in Japan.
FUN FACT: Two Latin American countries are on this list and also the USA – can you guess where they rank?
March 2019 – compiled by Young American Expat
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