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Welcome to Japan

Japan is an island nation that is both rich in history, and on the leading edge of modern industry and culture. Its 6,000-plus islands, located east of the Sea of Japan and east of China, Russia, and North and South Korea, are home to lush vegetation, a mix of wildlife, snowcapped mountains, and ruins and artifacts of an ancient civilization. Japan’s history has often been one characterized by expansionism. However, after the destruction of World War II, Japan has remade itself into a country that is consistently peaceful and focused on economic and technological advancement.

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

Students visiting Japan will have the opportunity to study an ancient language and culture. Japan is also considered on of the world leaders in technological advancements in consumer electronics and telecommunications. Tokyo, Japan’s capital, is also expected to be one of the leading creators of job opportunities for international business professionals over the next decade.

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There are many scholarships to fund your study abroad experience in Japan. Here is a list of Diversity Abroad scholarships available for study in this country:

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship
Diversity Network Summer Scholarship
Diversity Abroad & CISI Planning Scholarship

For more scholarships, visit http://www.diversityabroad.com/search/scholarships/japan

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Staying Healthy & Safe in Japan

No trip to Japan would be complete without seeing Mt. Fuji. Even if you aren’t an experienced hiker or mountain climber, there are a number of picturesque trails near the base of the mountain. The Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima is a testament to the destruction of World War II and to the commitment of future peace. It has a monument with all the names of the known victims of the bomb and is a must see when visiting Japan.

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If you have studied abroad in Japan, consider creating a profile and sharing your experience. What you have to say could help inspire another student considering studying abroad. You can also submit an article to be considered for publication on our website. Contact us at content@diversitabroad.org for more information!

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Also, here are some links to potential opportunities for students who have studied abroad and graduates interested in
work opportunities in Japan.

Teach Abroad in Japan
Intern Abroad in Japan
Volunteer Abroad in Japan

Diversity Guide to Japan

Note: These tips are intended to serve as an overview and are not exhaustive. Be sure to research your destination thoroughly as your identity can have a significant impact on your experience abroad

  • African-American/Black Travelers

    As an African American or Latino American living and studying in Japan, you will experience some instances of ignorant and racist remarks. There are subcultures of young Japanese people that enjoy black and Latino culture and music, but a general lack of understand about black and Latino or Hispanic people themselves. Also black visitors have stated that Japanese people may randomly touch their hair and skin. Less than 2% of the Japanese population is foreign born, and there is still much controversy concerning immigration.

    Black in Japan Documentary
    A Latino in Japan

    Hear directly from study abroad alumni about how their identities impacted their study abroad experiences:

    Luis on being Latino in Japan
    Michael from RIT talks about his experience in Japan

  • Asian/Pacific Islander Travelers

    Asian students studying abroad in Japan often report being assumed to be Japanese. Also, you will often find that Japanese people will expect you to have fluent Japanese language skills, and will often look to you to be the translator if you are with a diverse group. Japan also has a difficult and complicated history with other Asian countries marked by war and colonization. You may have to navigate awkward political differences, but major issues are unlikely.

    Foreign Asians Living and Studying in Japan

  • Hispanic/Latino Travelers

    Asian students studying abroad in Japan often report being assumed to be Japanese. Also, you will often find that Japanese people will expect you to have fluent Japanese language skills, and will often look to you to be the translator if you are with a diverse group. Japan also has a difficult and complicated history with other Asian countries marked by war and colonization. You may have to navigate awkward political differences, but major issues are unlikely.

    Foreign Asians Living and Studying in Japan

  • Disabilities Travelers

    Physical and mental disabilities used to arouse powerful feelings of shame across Japan. In the past, families would often keep disabled relatives hidden. Students with physical disabilities may experience stares and some disrespectful comments. Major urban areas however, are generally accessible. Due to the smaller amount of space, standard wheelchairs may be too large to navigate some shops and restaurants. There are services that provide smaller electric wheelchairs for travelers and students.

    Disabled Foreigners in Japan
    Fair Treatment of the Disabled

  • LGBTQ Travlers

    Japan is still a very socially conservative culture. So much so, the acronym “LGBTQ” is still not very well known and the first law allow same-sex domestic partnerships was passed in 2015. Younger Japanese tend to be a bit more liberal, but you may still experience harassment and prejudice while in Japan.

    Out in Japan
    I Am My Life: Diversity and Inclusion in Japan
    Youtube series on being gay in Japan

  • Religious Travelers

    The vast majority of Japanese identify as Shinto, an ancient traditional religion, or Buddhist. Many however, do not actively practice, as Japanese culture shuns open displays of faith, especially in a professional or academic setting. There is also a growing number of Protestant Christians. If you practice Islam or other faith, you may encounter individuals that wish to convert you to Christianity. Islamophobia is relatively low, however. So, you should be able to observe your religion without trouble.

  • Women Travelers

    Although women in Japan have equal legal status, the culture is still very much patriarchal. Women in Japan are employed at a higher rate than women in the US, but deal with a wider wage gap. Despite the increase in two-income households, Japanese women are generally more devoted to home life and often leave the workforce to care for children. Much like many Western countries, you may face misogyny, disrespectful comments or harassment. Japan however, is generally safe with one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Have Tips about Study or Travel to Japan?

Have insider tips or advice about study or travel to Japan? If the answer is yes we want to hear from you! We’re always looking for study and travel experts that can share bits of advice or insider tips. Email us at content@diversityabroad.org to pitch your tip or piece of advice.

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