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Photo on a CV for a researcher application in Japan?

Is a photo on a CV for a researcher (postdoc or faculty) application to a university in Japan prohibited, optional, or necessary? In the optional case, what are the usual consequences of including/...
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How difficult is it to switch from non-tenure to tenure track in Japan?

There’s an opening for assistant and associate professorship in non-tenure track of maximum of 5 years. I’m currently living in Europe and my Japanese is basic level. I was wondering how difficult it ...
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Is/was there a final university examination where the student was required to write down everything they knew about the subject (e.g. History)?

In about 1990, I heard that in Japan, after completing a History bachelor's degree course of several years duration, the student was required to write down everything they knew about History. It would ...
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Is it possible to "master out" in the Japanese PhD system?

So my son just got accepted for the PhD program in physics at the University of Tokyo. If he decides that for any reason he needs to leave is he able to get just a masters after 2 years or does he ...
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Is it appropriate to cold email professors in search of a postdoc position?

I am a final-year PhD student doing my research in the field of theoretical physics. Soon, I will start applying for postdoc positions in different universities, primarily related to my area of ...
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Can one host professor take multiple JSPS fellows?

Almost 2.5 months ago, I approached a professor in Japan to be my host supervisor for JSPS fellowship. I also sent him my research proposal and he asked me to do some correction. In the mean time, I ...
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How much emphasis is given on past research publications while evaluating postdoctoral grant proposals?

I am writing a project proposal for the JSPS postdoctoral fellowship in Japan. In my PhD I had 3 first author research papers with average impact factors (betwen 2.5 and 5.5) in my field (...
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Asking host to select a project topic for JSPS fellowship

I am going to apply for JSPS postdoctoral fellowship in Japan. I need to fill up the application form which also requires a research proposal. As I have very less knowledge over the matter, I don't ...
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Writing academic letters of reference for Japan

Does anyone know whether Japan is like the US and China in that you must only talk about a great candidate's strengths, or like the UK where letters are dismissed unless you also talk about weaknesses?...
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Professor stopped replying after showing interest in introductory email [duplicate]

I want to do my Master's Degree from Japan, for which I sent an email with my research proposal on 3rd August, 2022. The Professor replied within 2 hours of email, showing interest in my profile and ...
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Can a self-supported finance student in Japan earn schoolarships, other than MEXT?

I've been looking into LLM programs in Japan. As far as I know, an international student can apply for the MEXT scholarship or as a self-supported finance student. I don't believe I can compete with ...
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Going for Masters in Germany after being a Research Student in Japan [closed]

I am enrolled as a Research Student in Japan. I am still in my home-country, planning to come to Japan at the end of May 2022. My Research Studentship will valid till August 2022. On the other hand, I ...
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Do German universities allow work as a Research Assistant in an another foreign country? [closed]

Let say I am enrolled as a master student at X university in Germany. At the same time I am working as an RA at Y university in Japan. Is it allowed by German law?
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What is the timeline for graduate admission in Japanese Universities? When should I apply; when should I contact supervisors?

Can anyone give me a general idea of the timeline for graduate admission application in Japanese Universities? Such as When's the prescreening evaluation starts and how's it evaluated? When's the ...
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Emailing professors in Japan [closed]

I have started sending emails to professors in Tohoku University in japan to pursue my graduate studies in Medical Science. The following is the sample email which I am sending. I am a medical doctor ...
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I'm pursing my Masters Degree in India, how can I apply for Doctors degree in Japan? [closed]

I have pursued my Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from NIT Puducherry. I thought to do my Master degree in Japan, but due to improper planning, I couldn't achieve it. I'm currently pursuing my ...
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Finding Emails for Japanese Professors [duplicate]

I'm an American Student Specializing in history, applying for a Fulbright program to Japan. Part of that Application process is securing a letter of affiliation from a Japanese university, Professor, ...
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How would graduate studies in Japan differ from those in the US, specifically for mathematics?

I have decided to make an academic transition from Electrical and Electronics Engineering into Mathematics after graduation. Although my first degree is from an Asian country it is a well accredited ...
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Are Japanese professors responsible for their students' behavior outside the university?

The question How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab? has an answer by RoboKaren saying: For professors in Japan, taking on students is a tremendous responsibility and ...
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Is it possible to get into a funded master's-level graduate program by applying to labs?

I graduated from a third-tier university majoring in Aviation engineering with a 3.2 GPA. I want to go to graduate school in order to pursue my dream to become a researcher/research engineer. I landed ...
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Should I postpone my MEXT scholarship application process until 2021 due coronavirus outbreak? [closed]

The next month I plan to apply for MEXT scholarship for a PhD study. My study proposal is almost ready and I have my thesis already written in English. But due coronavirus outbreak I was thinking to ...
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One reviewer in the committee rejected my Ph.D. defense but he didn't attend

Update on Feb 27 The extension is confirmed. I can get the different reviewer, but sadly the graduate school will be able to make a replacement for me next semester. My additional advice for others ...
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When is an academic a -sensei and when is he/she a -hakase?

I'm not Japanese, and I've been emailed by someone who is Japanese, in the context of potential academic collaboration. He's in industry, not academia. He used the "-sensei" honorific to refer to me, ...
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I passed JPLT N5 exam with average score, should I be worried about MEXT examinations in Japaneese?

As part of preparation for MEXT scholarship I had given JPLT N5 examinations (I know I will give seperate written examinations in Japanese and English as well for the Mext Scholarships) and I got ...
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How to search for a PhD student opening in Japan? [duplicate]

I noticed that the Japanese universities almost never advertise for open PhD student positions on the websites such as phdportal.com or academicpositions.com or researchgate. I tried to check some ...
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Recommended Level of Japanese for PhD in internet privacy and computer science in Japan

I am in a process of preparation for applying for a MEXT scholarship in order to continue my Master Thesis in end-to-end encryption over chat-rooms. Also in order to be able to communicate I am also ...
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Year abroad in a country with low coursework standards: Am I sabotaging my future career?

I am an Economics student, with an interest in Statistics and Data analysis. I recently started my graduate studies, attending a M.Sc. in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University (Milan). ...
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US Postdoc in Japan not allowed to be first-author due to being foreign. How to proceed?

I am a US postdoc at a lab in Japan doing niche research in computational biology. I recently found out my advisor will not allow me to be first author on papers. He says the datasets (which were my ...
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What is the failure rate of dental students in Japanese universities?

If you pass a dental degree from a Japanese university, you automatically get a licence to practice. Therefore we have have a lot of dentists in Japan. The pertinent basic question of quality of ...
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What is work-life balance like in academia in Japan?

I am a current PhD student, still a couple years off from graduation. I'm still keeping my options open, but I've started to idly consider interesting places to do a postdoc. Fit with a mentor and ...
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How to Ask via email for supervision of professor for Japan Graduate program admission

I would like to apply for graduate programs in Japan, and I have sent email to several professors in Japan (e.g., Todai, Tohoku) using this format (I only change the name of the professor and ...
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How to approach a potential supervisor for "research students" in Japanese universities?

I'm planning to take MEXT scholarship exam. I've got a bachelor's degree and have done extensive research in cognitive science field. From what I gather, it's better to find a supervisor early. I've ...
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Switching to host university during master’s after research internship project?

I am currently a top master’s student at one of the Middle Eastern universities and due to lack of research facilities in my country, I am going to Japan to join a research project this summer for ...
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How much say does an associate professor have in accepting a foreign intern into his lab?

Let's say the professor had a lecture abroad and met a very keen and promising student there. He agreed on giving him a position as a student intern in his research at a university laboratory. It is ...
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suitable omiyage [closed]

I graduated from Japan three years ago. I am now going in a visit, and will meet my professor and previous colleagues at one gathering. What is an appropriate protocol for omiyage in similar situation?...
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Is it OK for a professor to refuse access to individual test marks?

I received a very low grade in one of my Master classes. This is not a failing grade but close to it. Such low scores are highly unusual in this country (Japan), 90/100 or more is the norm and even a ...
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Expectations for a research student at a Japanese university

I have recently decided to enter a grad school in one of the Japanese universities (namely, TiTech). It seems that the general recommendation is to start as a non-degree research student first and ...
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How to get in touch with professors in Japan for research projects/masters education [duplicate]

I have received a Japanese government scholarship for research and masters degree. While I originally thought it would be easy to get in touch with a professor after having received the scholarship, ...
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Translation of academic papers from Japanese?

I am a Japanese translator and (amateur) math autodidact. For practice and learning, I want to start translating Japanese academic papers into English, especially those related to mathematics or ...
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What funding is available for undergraduate research in Japan?

I wish to go to Japan for a semester-long research internship in the field of robotics. I am a Canadian citizen. However, I am having a hard time finding what funding I can actually apply for. I ...
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Is there a negative stigma associated with choosing a university for non-academic reasons?

I am considering a master's degree in Japan. From a purely career oriented POV, I should be aiming for universities in the USA, Germany or Italy as these are the leading countries in my field. ...
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Should I contact professors directly if a visitor's office exists?

I want to visit certain laboratories at Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITECH) when I go to Japan three weeks from now to get a feel for the research they do and if I would be a good Master's ...
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Visiting a research lab as an undergraduate?

Some context: I'm an engineering undergraduate student seriously considering doing a masters degree in a japanese university once I complete my current degree (in two years) In the next month or so, ...
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Will a masters degree from Japan be seen as less valuable?

I'm a canadian engineering undergraduate student in the field of robotics and I'm considering doing a masters degree in Japan when I finish my bachelors. I've talked about this with my internship ...
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What should I prepare for MEXT?

I'm an average CS engg grad who wish to go to Japan. I've got to know, in India applications for MEXT will start from 2nd week of April, and I haven't found any resource online. How and what should I ...
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Dress code in Japanese academia

I've been invited to a workshop in Japan, and I haven't been to an academic event there before. In my field in the UK, it would be normal to attend an event in "smart casual" wear, eg a polo top or ...
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I would like to apply to a masters program in Japan but I have no research experience. Any advice?

I am pursuing a B.S in Math at UCLA, which is in the United States. My academic performance is above the average. My major GPA is 3.73 and my GPA for upper division courses is 3.56. My GRE General is ...
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Difference between Phd degree while remaining a student, and after quitting a Japanese university?

I am currently enrolled at a Japanese university in the doctoral program of Mathematical and Life sciences, and have already been a student for last 4 years. I am waiting for the acceptance of ...
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Are there any professors with PhDs in Humanities from Asian Universities working outside of Asia?

tl;dr: "Are there any professors in Humanities working in North America or Europe who have recieved their PhDs from a University in Asia (Japan in particular)?" (I'm specifically interested in Asian ...
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Recruiting process time for assistant professor position in Japan?

What time scale is typical for the evaluation of applications for an assistant professorship in Japan?
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