For masters degree, I have contacted one of the professor of university of Tokyo. He told me in his 1st email reply that he would not like to have students only for 2 years. He wanted a student for 5 years(MS+Phd). Then I emailed him saying that I am ready to study for longer time. He replied for the 2nd time writing that, he is very happy to hear it, that I want to pursue both MS+Phd. But next he asked me if I have a concrete plan for my financial support as there is no salary paid by the PI or University. In my first email, I didn't mention about any scholarship. What should I write to him now? How should I ask him for University recommend MEXT scholarship?
Dear Professor X,
Thanks for your email. Regarding your question about financial support, I am planning to apply for a MEXT scholarship. If I receive this scholarship, it will provide me with [explain the terms of the scholarship]. Would you be willing to support my application for this scholarship? If so, I would need [explain what you would need from him].
If I do not receive the MEXT scholarship, I would plan to finance my graduate education by [explain your backup plan].
If you are aware of other funding opportunities, I would be glad to hear about them.
What’s wrong with just reply describing your situation:
Dear Sir, In regards to your question on financial support I do not have access to funding now,
Dear Sir, In regards to your question on financial support I already have access to funding for the next xxx years.