Interested in Japan? If so, how much would you jump at the chance to: Visit the factories of some of Japan’s famous manufacturers, like Toyota? Discuss the business of one of Japan’s largest trading houses at their Tokyo headquarters? Receive a briefing on bilateral relations from the Australian Ambassador to Japan? Attend an international relations…

Discovering Japan I still remember the moment that I first became interested in Japan. I was about nine years old, in a bookshop where I discovered a Japanese phrasebook. The words seemed so strange and the idea of speaking another language fascinated me – konnichiwa! My parents bought me the book and I still have it to…

  You’ve probably heard about Model UN Conferences, more often known as MUNs. At MUNs, participants (typically university students) role play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Sounds geeky? You betcha. But it’s also a lot of fun. MUNs have been growing in popularity for a number of years. They are held…

  If you’re interested in studying in Japan, it pays (literally) to look at the Monbukagakusho scholarship. The Monbukagakusho scholarship is usually referred to as the Monbusho scholarship, although you also might hear it called the Monkasho scholarship or the MEXT scholarship. No matter the name, this is a very generous scholarship. For Australian undergraduates…

  When it comes to being an exchange student in Japan, I would be the first to admit that I am a repeat offender. My first experience was as a Year 11 high school student, with the Iwasaki Sangyo Japanese Bursary program. I spent two months at Rokko Island High School, Kobe, attending day-to-day classes…

  I moved to Tokyo in January 2014 to take up a 12 month long role as a Foreign Legal Trainee with one of the “big four” law firms in Japan.  I confess that, prior to moving, I hadn’t properly thought about what to expect, both of Japan generally or at work. Despite my best…

For those looking for an internship in Japan and with an interest in international relations, there’s no going past this internship opportunity! As one of the very few overseas Australian postings offering a formal internship program, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Japan offer a great internship opportunity. DFAT Japan welcomes applications from high…

Language learning is a long process. I have been learning Japanese on and off for about ten years. Over this period I have been to Japan four times, spending eight months there in total. I was last in the country over three years ago. It is difficult to maintain language skills when you’re not living…

    “Ever wondered why you just can’t get a song out of your head? The term earworms or catchy tunes refers to those songs which you hear a few times and then just can’t get out of your head. Now, Earworms Rapid Languages uses this phenomenon to put the essential words and phrases you…

  Australians are blessed with a wide variety of scholarships to study in Asia and Victorians in particular are spoilt by both the Hamer Scholarship and Water Mangold Trust Study Abroad Scholarship programs. Unlike the Hamer Scholarship which is geared more towards young professionals, the Walter Mangold offers undergraduate students an equally generous amount of funding…

  There are no shortage of funding opportunities in relationship to Japan and Australian students can look no further than our own capital city for the following opportunity. The National Library of Australia in Canberra offers a Japan Study Grants for the use of Japanese collections for research.   Scholarship Description The purpose of the grants…

<font-size=”2″>Photo courtesy of Bong Grit   The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), in association with the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Research Council, offers postdoctoral fellowships annually for Australian researchers to work in institutes affiliated with JSPS. The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities for Australian postdoctoral…

Photo courtesy of Julien Mailler Scholarship Description Each year the Asialink Arts Residency Program sends Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. Since its inception in 1991 the program has sent more than 600 people to hosts in 19 countries. The grant of up to $12,000 goes towards travel,…