1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
Effective Monday, December 3, Ms Yuka Maejo, Assistant Professor has joined with I-HoP team. She has a long business career and is a certified career counselor. You will see her in our upcoming seminars and events, and will start individual career counseling together with me.
On Saturday, December 15, campus level competition of Hult Prize @ Hokkaido University will be held. We have been able to hold it for four consecutive years, thanks to a seamless transfer of management roles of the student committee whose term is one year. There are two different ways of enjoying the benefit of Hult Prize challenge. The first is to form a team of three or four members and compete as a contestant. This will give you an experience of business planning, market research, solving social issues, etc. The second is to join the executive committee which is a student-driven organization committee to plan, organize and implement the campus level competition. Although the first priority for PhD student is to earn a doctorate, experiencing practical application of your diversified research skills and management expertise through the aforementioned activities is almost as valuable as your lab works. Practical experience includes job hunting such as joining the Akai Ito Kai, job matching event for Hokudai PhD students, or Short-Cut Akai Ito Kai, a special matching program for English-speaking students.
2. Recap on Seminar / Workshops in November
2.1 November 12: Tea Ceremony
We have conducted the Tea Ceremony first time in a Japanese TATAMI room in the Clark Hall. Although sitting on the TATAMI-mat folding your legs on yourself might have given too much burden on your feet, the participants enjoyed authentic tradition of a typical Japanese culture in which rich and inter-related unspoken messages were exchanged between the host and the guest through the selection of flowers, calligraphy on the hanging scroll, naming of the sweets, or even pattern on the Kimono worn by the host. Conjecturing the nonlinguistic messages exchanged between individuals sharing the same cultural background is defined as “High Context Communication” which many Japanese people do among themselves. Joining the Tea Ceremony is quick way of experiencing and understanding this unique way of communication.
2.2 November 15: Career Talk by International Researchers
Five active international business person from four different Japanese companies, most of them having PhD before they join the company, shared their experience in their life in Japanese companies and job hunting in Japan. Although many of them are quite fluent in Japanese now, the level of Japanese proficiency when they joined the company was not necessarily high for some people. A big gap between their research topic during the doctor course and the job they are engaged now was reiterated by all the attendees. This implies that the versatility of PhD holders in coping with unexperienced subjects is one of the strengths that can help you survive and enjoy a wide variety of career options.
2.3 November 19: Let’s learn Japanese
If your career plan includes staying in Japan after graduation, regardless of being in academia or in the industries, Japanese communication skills is essential for finding jobs and working in Japan. Although I-HoP provides Japanese e-learning and oral Japanese communication skills test by using your phone (JSST), they may be a little tough for the beginners of Japanese language learning. The seminar held on November 19 provided information on tools such as free on-line Japanese learning for the beginners. PhD students who are conducting their research activities only with English have no time for joining Japanese classes which are provided during daytime on weekdays. Routine practice such as a few hours on weekends or 30 minutes every morning/evening could be helpful for capturing Japanese language proficiency step-by-step. Please refer to the attached document for further information on the resources.
-- Free Trial of the「Nihongo dojo」Online Japanese Language Course for I-HoP Students—
The Educational Venture Corporation (Yokohama, Basil Tonks, President) will offer the「Nihongo dojo」 Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 5 Course free of charge to 50 eligible students for 1 year beginning on December 21st, 2018.
◇ Eligibility Requirements
① Students must be referred from I-HoP.
② Students must apply on or before December 14th, 2018.
③ Students must complete questionnaires about their past Japanese study and their study experience using「Nihongo dojo」.
◇ Application Procedure
Please submit the following application by e-mail on or before December 14th, 2018. Only 50 applicants will be accepted. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis.
Subject: Nihongo dojo for I-HoP Body:
e-mail address: Department Name:
◇ About「Nihongo dojo」
「Nihongo dojo」is a Japanese language e-learning program designed for international students, technical interns and foreigners living or working in Japan. The Level 5 Course is offered in English. In the Level 5 Course, you will master the basics of the Japanese language through 47 lessons and 3 practice tests. Each lesson includes videos, quizzes and online speaking training. You can complete the lessons at your own pace.
◇ Level 5 Course “Happy Pass” Guarantee
If you complete the Level 5 course but don't pass Level 5 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, we will extend your access to your course free of charge! (Some conditions apply)
Don’t miss this opportunity! Apply Today!
3. Seminar in December – Japanese Business Manner on 12/06
How should I behave during the job interview in Japan?
How to exchange business cards?
What is the proper table manner for a formal Japanese dinner?
You may encounter with these situation if you stay in Japan after graduation. The seminar provides practical hands-on training as well as background information why Japanese people behave that way. There are similar business manner seminars for international students elsewhere, but the one all in English is rare. Come, join and ask questions about unique behavior of Japanese which bothers you but have no opportunity to ask. For registration please refer to the following link: