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The "Land of the Rising Sun" is a country where the past meets the future.

Japan is a fascinating country of economic and business prowess, rich culture, technical wizardry, spatial conundrums and contradictions. Japan held onto the title of the world’s second largest economy for more than 40 years from 1968 to 2010. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city is the world’s largest metropolitan area, with a population of 32.5 million people.


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Why Choose Study in Japan

Japan is a fascinating country of economic and business prowess, rich culture, technical wizardry, spatial conundrums and contradictions. Japan held onto the title of the world’s second largest economy for more than 40 years from 1968 to 2010. Tokyo, Japan’s capital city is the world’s largest metropolitan area, with a population of 32.5 million people.

You will be part of world-class education. The cutting edge innovation for which Japan is known didn't happen spontaneously. A formidable higher educational system with a commitment to research and development stands behind it. Need more proof? Japan boasts Asia’s highest number of Nobel prize winners thanks to to its extraordinary academic tradition. Earlier this year, Japan fended off challenges from rising higher education powers to hold onto 20 of the top 100 spots -- with ultimate #1 bragging rights going to the University of Tokyo -- in Times Higher Education’s Asian University Rankings. With measures based on everything from teaching and research to knowledge transfer and international outlook, Japan’s dominance as a higher education power is well-known. With approximately 780 universities from which to choose, as well as specialized vocational institutions, the academic options for international students are nearly boundless. Read more about Yokohama National University, the International University of Japan, Waseda Business School, APU Japan, Doshisha Business School, the NUCB Graduate School, Hitotsubashi ICS, Globis University, and Keio Business School.   You will feel welcomed and desired by schools and universities. Japan is increasingly prioritizing education as a means of fostering economic growth, and internationalization leads the charge among higher education reforms. As of May 2012, there were just under 140,000 international students in Japan, and that number is expected to skyrocket over the next 16 years due to the Global 30 initiative. This pledge by a collective of Japanese national universities seeks to attract 300,000 students from all over the world to study in Japan by the year 2020 -- a number which will ultimately account for 10 percent of the country’s entire student body. To that end, universities are pulling out all the stops for international students, beginning with a simplified application process, continuing throughout the study experience and culminating with help on the job trail. Other measures designed to attract global talent include letting students start in September -- as opposed to during Japan’s traditional academic starting month of April; allowing more coursework to be taught in English; recruiting global teaching staff; and encouraging both inbound and outbound international exchange programs. Read more about Bachelor and Master programs available in Japan.
You will be truly valuable on the job market. But international students aren’t just sought after in the classroom. A recent New York Times article discussed a new push by Japanese companies to recruit international talent for a more global business representation. Just how sought after are non-Japanese college graduates? In a survey of more than 800 Japanese companies, nearly 50 percent of them plan to recruit from a non-Japanese pool of college grads. Many even have a 10 percent quota. While non-Japanese workers are at a premium in Japan due to the drive for a more diverse, global workforce, foreign candidates must still undergo the rigorous Japanese job search process, along with the etiquette that goes along with it. Studying abroad offers valuable experience with the customs and behaviors that open doors. Read more about Business degrees in Japan here.   You can both study and save money. While it's true that Japan is an expensive place to live, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a good education at a reasonable price. While living costs may be high, tuition fees are comparatively cheap -- particularly up against those in the United States and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, a tuition fee exemption program for foreign students goes a long way in cushioning the financial blow, as do a multitude of scholarship opportunities from the government, private universities, foundations and corporations designed to support international students of all levels and across all academic disciplines. Read more about Students' Saving Tips.   You will live amazing cultural experiences. If you're hoping for a glimpse into a fascinating and completely different way of life, look no further than Japan. After all, how many other countries can lay claim to being the birthplace of both Pikachu and haiku? Japanese culture intriguingly merges contrasting elements for a harmonious society in which the old and the new seamlessly blend together. From customary to cutting edge, students gain exposure to 2,000 years worth of culture and history in one remarkable place. Japan is home to some of the world's most breathtaking natural terrain -- four seasons out of the year. Haiku verse sprung forth from the nation's stunning seasons, and endures today as a testament to the land’s diverse and extraordinary beauty. And speaking of diverse and extraordinary, no discussion of Japan is complete without mention of its cuisine. From sushi and sashimi to ramen and soba, life in Japan offers an epicurean adventure like no other.

Explore Japan life

While sushi, karaoke and bullet trains may be among the first things that come to mind when you think about Japan, there’s a long list of other reasons why this culturally rich and technologically advanced nation is a desirable destination for international students. Japan is becoming more and more popular among young people. And it has become a great destination for them.

The food is even more adorable than you’ve imagined Cute food - and cute everything, for that matter - is an integral part of the culture here in Japan and something the Japanese wholly embrace as a part of life. Though you may want to delve into the world of Hello Kitty and soft toys, the real masters behind the industry of cute are those in the kitchen. Handily, rice also serves as the perfect material for crafting adorable treats. Eat with your eyes and get your hands on a rice panda, penguin, or polar bear. Cuisine will never be quite the same for you again.   Get weird, get wonderful Embrace your inner love for all things gimmicky. This is a country where, if you like a particular type of furry animal, there’s probably a cafe dedicated to it. In fact, themed eateries are pretty normal here. Whether you’re a Transformers fan or not, the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo is a must, as is getting behind the karaoke phenomenon. If experiencing a state-of-the-art Japanese toilet isn’t already on your bucket list, put it on there and download the Check A Toilet app to ensure the best experience anytime nature calls. And once you’ve tired yourself out, check into a capsule hotel to top it all off. There are even 5-star pods if you’re not quite ready to take on the real deal.
Explore the manicured Japan's garden-filled history is intrinsically linked to the Shinto, Buddhist, and Taoist faiths, a major reason why most people who visit a Japanese garden describe the experience as utterly serene and tranquil. The Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi is the perfect place to start. The gardens there have been described as a "Living Japanese painting," never to be seen twice in quite the same way. For a slightly different kind of horticultural magic, head to Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu. Their wisteria-covered archways will have you convinced that you've entered a fairy wonderland.   Step back into a totally different time Over a period of many centuries, Japan has slowly developed from an ancient civilization into one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. To immerse yourself in that rich and complex history, visit the towering Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place that UNESCO calls, "The finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese architecture." And it's for good reason - Himeji Castle is considered the largest original castle remaining in Japan. After you witness Himeji, dive into geisha culture in Kyoto, the former historical capital of Japan. There are still approximately 300 practicing geisha in Kyoto, so if you're keen to learn more, catch one of their famed performances in Kyoto's Gion Corner.

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