Having chatted with AustCham Korea’s Executive Director (ED), Rowan Petz, in Seoul, it was terrific to sit down with the ED of the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCCJ), Emily Hallams in Tokyo during a recent visit! Although new to her role at the Chamber, Emily has an impressive array of study and work experience in Japan,…

This post suggests three techniques to maximize your input hours and how to keep your language learning on track over the long-term. Skype Classes I struggle in a classroom environment. My mind wanders constantly, and like a lot of people, I don’t have the mental stamina to push through 2-3 hours of class time. While most…

  Summer school is probably not on top of most young people’s mind when they think of summer, but trust us, summer school in Asia is something you’ve got to do! Imagine yourself in July next year knocking back an Asahi or Korean Soju with classmates, feasting on amazing local food, or exploring the local surroundings on weekends in…

  What is the National Parliamentary Fellowships Program The National Parliamentary Fellowships Program (NPFP) is offered by the Australian National University (ANU) in conjunction with Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) that allows up to two fellows to participate in a three month foreign policy- focused research stay in Tokyo, Japan.   What does the fellowship involve Fellows…

Australians are blessed with a wide variety of scholarships to study in Asia and Victorians, in particular, are spoilt with both the Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship and the Water Mangold Language Scholarship (WMLS) programs. Whereas the Hamer Scholarship is aimed more at young and mid-career professionals, the Walter Mangold offers undergraduate students an equally generous amount of…

  Working 9-6 every day in Beijing and the 40-minute commute to and from work, alongside half a dozen other weekly commitments doesn’t augur well for language study. After leaving Seoul six months ago, my Korean language skills have dropped off dramatically now I’m back in China. However, inspired by a neat book called Daily Rituals: How Artists…

‘A good craftsman never blames their tools’ It goes without saying. But let’s be honest: when it comes to study, your tools are really important. And with Japanese textbooks, you are spoilt for choice. But not all are created equal. With the next JLPT test fast approaching, your hefty time invested in learning a language demands the…

Living in the world’s most populous metropolitan city, Tokyo, I was lucky enough to interview Clarence Ma, a fourth-year undergraduate Law/International Relations student from UNSW, who is currently studying at the University of Tokyo (Tōdai). Last year, he was one of the fortunate few to receive the New Colombo Plan Scholarship to Japan, each worth up to a…

  Ladies and gentlemen, we have just landed in Narita Airport… The time is now 8PM. Coming off a 9-hour flight, sleep was the last thing on my mind as I touched down in Tokyo. I couldn’t even care about the language barriers and cultural challenges that awaited me. I was here, crossing the airstrip…

  Studying the Japanese language since the age of eight while hearing my grandmother’s stories of working in Japan during the ‘60s and ‘70s had well and truly given me a taste for all things involving the Land of the Rising Sun. Teamed with my tertiary-level studies in politics and international relations, I became increasingly…

  So you’ve come back to Melbourne from a year overseas in Asia. By the end of the trip you were conversing, laughing and living in a foreign language – or at least giving it a good go! Now, for whatever reason, you’re back ‘home’ and you’re looking at ways to keep up your hard-won…

  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…

  Whether you are applying for a scholarship, mobility funding or a leadership opportunity: never underestimate the importance of the application process. If you’re like most people then you’re probably dreading to sit down and start your application. Filling out application forms can of course be time-consuming and monotonous, but it’s important to be strategic…

  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…