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…

Volunteering at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are commencing their search for 80,000 volunteers in September, 2018. Volunteers are needed for the preparations and activities immediately before, during and after the Games. Volunteers will be directly involved in ensuring the Games are an exciting and successful event for all. If you want to…

  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…

  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. But keep in mind that…

  Seeking a career in the United Nations, but not sure how to get there? Well, the United Nations University (UNU) Office of the Rector is seeking highly qualified candidates to take part in their United Nations University fellowships programme, located in Tokyo, which offers a very exciting and culturally historic backdrop to this great opportunity. This…

    Australian artist, James Tapscott, founder and creative director of Globelight Inc., was invited to exhibit his work at this year’s Japan Arts Alp Festival in Shinano Omachi. James’ work, Arc ZERO, a ring of mist by day and an illuminated halo by night, framed the bridge to a temple so his experiences even included…

The following is a comprehensive guide I have created to help you understand the nitty-gritty details of job interviews in Japan. It covers details of the all-important handwritten resume, how you should look, as well as the ‘unspoken’ rules of Japanese interviews with regards to manners and expectations. Please bear in mind that the application process and level of…

‘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…