What is the JET Program and what can I do? Established in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) is a Japanese government initiative dedicated to placing university graduates, regardless of their field, in Japanese kindergartens, elementary, junior high, and high schools. Successful applicants take up positions as either Assistant Language Teachers…

Young Australians who spend time in Asia on university exchange are sometimes unsure how to utilise their new cultural and language skills upon returning home. It is easy to be Asia-engaged when an educational institution or other organisation is willing to pay for you to study overseas.  But what about when those opportunities are not…

  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…

    Teaching is a valuable skill to have – communication and interpersonal skills are important attributes for most professional careers – but as a free-lance English teacher in Japan, what started as a skill-building opportunity resulted in a truly excellent life experience. I got to live in the amazing city that is Tokyo and…

  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…

  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…

  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 and…

  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 intentions,…

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…

There is 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 is…

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,…