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[Update] Preferential Immigration Treatment for Highly-Skilled Professionals in Japan

While this policy has been around since May 2012, a recent bill passed in the Diet (June 2014) has added further immigration provisions to foreign […]


Filling up registration forms in Japan

Whether you are living in Japan, buying Japanese products online or travelling in Japan, you may sometimes face the prospect of having to fill up […]


FAQ: Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship

I’ve answered quite a number of questions over the years on this particular scholarship and it remains elusive to many. Part of the issue lies […]


Guide: Entering a Postgrad Program in a Japanese University

So you are thinking about doing a Master’s degree or a doctorate at a Japanese University. Doing a postgrad in itself is challenging but to […]


Choice of Field of Study in Japan

Before I begin, let me first say that opinions in this post are based on my own experiences and way of thinking. As much as […]

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Japanese Scholarships for International Students

Japan is one of the countries that offers the most scholarships for foreign students per year. However, from the point of view of students, one […]


Studying in Japan

I’m not gonna reveal too much (give me some time to warm up) so I’m just gonna say that I have quite a bit of […]