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JDS Support

Once accepted as a JDS Fellow, you are entitled to receive following support from the program.

  • Full tuition fees
  • One round-trip air fare
  • Arrival allowance
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Monthly scholarship
  • Subsidiary allowance for purchasing books
  • Subsidiary allowance for shipping
  • Subsidiary allowance for traveling and seminar
  • Overseas travel insurance
  • Supports from the agent
    - Finding accommodation
    - Initial settlement of your life in Japan
    - Emergency situation etc.

To start with, JDS Fellows will be provided with pre-departure orientations, arrival briefing and orientation program to prepare your study in Japan, and with support for initial settling in including immigration related procedures and housing. Although not all the people speak English in Japan, you don't have to worry. Many universities as well as we will assist you smoothly start your academic life in such environment.

Throughout your study in Japan, various supports are also available by us including monitoring meeting and support on emergency situations to assist your smooth academic life at each university. We will conduct regular individual monitoring meeting to see if the Fellows are doing alright and facing any problems or not. This is a good chance to talk about your current situations or concerns of your daily life while you are in Japan. With this support, more than 98 percent of JDS Fellows successfully complete their academic work as scheduled.

Once you successfully complete course work and conferred master's degree, you will return to your country and be a member of alumni. Each fellow is expected to use knowledge, network, and experience gained in Japan for the betterment of your own country.

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Special Trainings and Events

JDS Program provides the following opportunities for JDS Fellows only in addition to research at university.

Asian Government Leaders Networking Event
This special event aims to establish long-term cooperative relationships between JDS Fellows and Japanese government officials by providing opportunities of interaction and mutual learning. JDS Fellows participate in the event and expand their personal networks with Japanese government officials, who would become their counterparts in the future.

Japanese Language Training
All JDS Fellows participate in Japanese language training after their arrival in Japan. This training provides Fellows with the lessons on Japanese characters (hiragana, katakana, and kanji), greetings, and how to introduce themselves. In addition, they deepen their understandings of Japanese culture, lifestyle and manners, and learn the procedures necessary for staying in Japan such as government office, post office, and bank.

JDS Joint Seminar
JDS Joint Seminar is held half a year before returning home, inviting all JDS fellows from each university. During this seminar, the Fellows have opportunities to attend a series of programs, including leadership program and a special lecture given by a prominent scholar. It also helps them build a network with JDS fellows from various countries.

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Life in Japan (General Information)

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Voice from "Sempai" - Message from JDS Fellows

Mr.Sokhom Khoeun [Cambodia] JDS Fellow 2016
Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Graduate School of Agriculture

Q1) Tell us about your work as government officer before coming to Japan.

Before coming to Japan as JDS fellow in 2016, I had worked for MOWRAM in Cambodia for 11 years as a personal assistant to His Excellency Undersecretary of State, Vice-Chief Officer, Administrator and Accountant for Small-scale Irrigation Project under World Bank loan.

Q2) How is your student life in Japan since you came to Japan?

Currently I study and conduct research on the analysis of water allocation among farmer water user groups for sustainable rice production at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Japan has been recognized as a world-class hi-level education country in Asia. I had been longing to study in Japan since I was a high school student. I joined Japanese language class at the school run by an NGO near my house, and also participated in some Japanese activities held by Cambodia Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) to understand Japanese culture.

I enjoy communicating with Japanese people through extra activities such as Home-stay in Japanese families, introducing Cambodian culture (traditional dance, language etc.) to Japanese people. Actually I am an official member of Musashino International Association who promote intercultural communication between Japanese and foreigners and Fuchu International Salon where I learn Japanese language”

Q3) About the future perspective of Cambodia.

We still have many problems and tasks to be solved. Not only political problem but also environmental pollution is  caused by traffic jam in urban areas. The gap between the rich and the poor is another problem, there are people who show off their richness by driving around luxury cars and people who even have no house to live, We can see both of them at one view. Changing the country is a prime task to realize a society where every people can obtain standard life. As one of government officers, I am working on my duties in mind that I do want to make Cambodia better. That is why I want to bring all what I learned and experienced in Japan back to Cambodia.

Q4) Message for Applicants

I chose JDS program though there were many options to study abroad with various international scholarship such as Australia, Korea and China which targeted young government officers like JDS. Because I love Japan personally as I mentioned, I recommend my colleagues especially young government officers to study in Japan as JDS fellows. I can definitely say that Japan, a wonderful country with well-organized and equipped environment for focusing on study is the best destination for study in order to make our country, Cambodia better since I am spending great time here right now.

Ms. Ysabekova Baktygul [the Kyrgyz Republic] JDS Fellow 2016
National Statistical Committee
University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Q1) Tell us about your work as government officer before coming to Japan.

I work in the National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (NSC) in the department of statistics for sustainable development and environmental statistics. I am engaged directly in environmental statistics, which includes accounting for air pollution, water, land and biological resources. Our department is distinguished by the interchangeability of employees; in the absence of an employee, we can replace each other to ensure continuity of the work. However, in recent years I have been involved in research work on the development of System of Environmental-Economic Accounting  (SEEA), this is a standard or in other words accounting for natural capital. After all, stable economic growth is ensured on the basis of natural capital, and we need to know its value. We focused on the pilot resource - the forest. And as a result, the contribution to GDP has increased 25 times. In fact, this work propelled me to consider research idea (thesis).

Q2) Is there any opportunity to interact with Japanese people in daily life?

In all aspects of my life, I try to make myself useful  for the community at large. In fact, student life offers a great opportunity to try different things; to share useful experiences and to meet students from different countries, especially the Japanese. Life in Japan gives an incredibly rich experience. Communicating with people, understanding cultural characteristics, helps develop the horizons and skills of familiarizing with the cultural environment in Japan. It is a great pleasure to learn everything new. I have made many Japanese friends, and they are all empathetic, kind and matured people. I am very interested in learning about Japanese cuisine, culture and so on.

Q3) What is the best thing you learned from Japan/Japanese to develop your country?

There are many things that can be adopted from Japan, for example, the natural conservation system by recycling garbage, use of renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and wind stations, solar collectors. For example, my university has the capacity to supply its own electricity demand. Again, the purification systems of water from the oceans, which is then supplied to consumers is very awesome. In my opinion, Japan is the cleanest country in the world, and the merit goes to the citizens themselves, as everything begins with the consciousness of people. In schools, children clean the room by themselves, cover the table for lunch, thereby instilling respect for each other's work.

Another feature is the educational system. Interactive and demonstration activities in children's schools, schools, universities, museums and even in a variety of enterprises provide training tours, it is very useful and such methods effectively increases the potential of the learner. Accessibility and quality of information changes people's thinking and consciousness.
I cannot fail to note the high level of security and low crime rate, this is what I mostly appreciate. It's safe in the evening, and even at night, you can leave valuable items, and no one will steal, and most of them can be still found on in the place they were left, Great contrast to my country is only in terms of housing, since I'm accustomed to a large space. So long lines formed everywhere in Japan are new to me. That is not at all surprising to so many people in japan. I think that would strengthen the sense of patience and respect others.

Q4) Message for Applicants

Spending time in Japan brings great benefits and opportunities. In Japan, you can discover a lot for yourself. A country with century-old history and culture, survived the innumerable hardships of wars, conflicts, economic downturns, and only having overcome all these difficulties, thanks to the strength of the national spirit and collectivism, Japan has become one of the most attractive and powerful countries in the world. This means that we definitely have something to adopt in order to improve the quality of life of our society.

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