After Participating in the Program

East Asia

I thought Japan is far beyond my expectations. By looking at Japan with my own eyes, I noticed with surprise that there are many differences between China and Japan. I would like to learn more about Japanese culture and the Japanese education system. I think I have broadened my horizons by participating in the program.
(China, 20, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

Some Japanese schools certainly outperform Chinese schools, and their learning environment and curriculum are wonderful. Besides, the cost of studying in Japan is small compared to studying abroad in Europe or the United States.
(China, 16, High school student, High School Program 2018)

I understand more about Japanese culture and the Japanese education system. I think I broadened my horizons by interacting with students of my age from different countries. I was lucky to be able to catch a glimpse of Japanese advanced science and technology.
(China, 17, High school student, High School Program 2018)

I learned that the courtesy of Japan is very sensible, the society is developing very well, and ergonomics is well adopted in any facility.
(China, 17, High school student, High School Program 2018)

It was wonderful to learn the methods of experimentation and application of the tools used in experiments in the program. People are very caring and friendly, and have a strong sense of responsibility. Before I participated in this program, I had no idea what molecular biology was, but now I understand what is going on in the laboratory. The landscape in Japan is also wonderful and I would like to visit Japan again sometime in the future.
(Korea, 26, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

I wanted to study in the US, but I changed my mind and decided to study at a Japanese university in the future after visiting Japan by participating in the SAKURA SCIENCE Exchange Program. I love Japan now.
(Mongolia, 17, High school student, Open Application Program 2017)

In Taiwan, dysphagia is not recognized as a problem yet. But I learned about its prevention and care while I was in Japan. I think I will be able to offer better care to the patients who suffer from dysphagia in the future.
(Taiwan, 28, Researcher, Open Application Program 2017)

Southeast Asia

What I learned in this program is that if you really want to succeed in a certain field, you must work hard and with passion. It is important to get to know experts and people who are interested in that field, and work together with them. I also had a sense of the reality of the importance of leadership and teamwork.
(Brunei, 17, High school student, High School Program 2018)

The scenery I saw in Hokkaido was just the same as the scenery I saw on YouTube. It is really beautiful and I was surprised at the high standard of living in Japan. I would like to learn about my specialty field of mining, and I would like to be able to propose solutions to the environmental problems in my home country in the future.
(Cambodia, 21, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

Solutions to the issues of the aging society must be addressed on a global level, but in Japan, they have already established specific measures especially in the field of nutrition. As a person aiming to be a nutritionist in the future, I am determined to learn a lot from Japan.
(Indonesia, 20, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

I have admired Japan since I was little, and I finally stepped on to Japanese soil. This expereince drove me to have passion for Japanese spirituality and the landscapes of Japan. I was also impressed by the fact that the people here are so conscientious about everything and handle situations in such a sincere manner.
(Malaysia, 21, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

Sakura SCIENCE Exchange Program is very popular in Myanmar, and everyone wants to participate in it. Because I was one of them, I was so happy that my dream of participating in the program had come true. I was amazed by the advanced technology, the culture, and the nature of the people. I will definitely recommend this program to my friends when I return back home.
(Myanmar, 30, Graduate school student, Open Application Program 2017)

I think the education level of Japanese universities is the best, and Japan is certainly the best place to pursue professional and technical goals.
(The Philippines,17, High school student, High School Program 2018)

We were able to perform experiments using equipment which is not available at our college back home. I am glad that I learned a new skill. Despite the fact that Japan is an advanced country, there is no air polution, but rather it is clean and beautiful wherever we go.
(Laos, 20, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

Participating in the program was very pleasant and helpful. I was dreaming of seeing Japan, and finally my dream came true. I was happy to learn about Japanese culture, and the Japanese lifestyle as well. I observed the unique Japanese point of view and I think I can make good use of that knowledge in the future.
(Singapore, 19, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

If possible, I would like to participate in a Japanese high school class again. I want to learn more about the science that the Japanese students are learning.
(Thailand, 17, High school student, High School Program 2018)

What most impressed me is that the subway is very fast and convenient. I want to return to Japan sometime in the future, so I decided to start studying Japanese.
(Vietnam, 21, College student, High School Program 2017)

I saw how Japanese learn things and how they work. I am going to ask the Japanese government to invite more young people from my country to study in Japan.
(East Timor, 19, High school student, Open Application Program 2017)

Southwest Asia

I was convinced that science exists for all human beings. I also realized that it is important for the people in the world to work together in order to advance science.
(Bangladesh, 15, High school student, High School Program 2018)

I had the opportunity to experience the latest technology in Japan, which is one of the advanced countries. I felt like I was visiting a fantasy world.
(Bhutan, 22, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

I learned that how Japanese think about things is simple, and they are nice to others. Tokyo is a much more orderly city compared to the cities in India with half the population of Tokyo. I think we have a lot to learn from Japan in how to conduct business-academia collaboration. Despite the fact that Japan is a developed country, people there are surprisingly polite and helpful. I was never lonely and never got lost during my stay.
(India, 20, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

I learned that there are excellent universities in the field of science, which stimulates my desire to learn in Japan. At the same time, I felt that the Japanese education system is well balanced in that it does not just pursue theory.
(Maldives, 17, High school student, High School Program 2017)

I saw with my own eyes what I only saw in textbooks before and gained experience through SAKURA SCIENCE Exchange Program. The lectures, facility tours, and experiments, etc., provided through this program, were wonderful.
(Nepal, 26, Graduate school student, Open Application Program 2017)

These were the best days in my life. The program was full of exciting events, and I was so interested in learning about Japanese culture, which is quite different from ours.
(Pakistan, 19, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

I know that the people in Sri Lanka, my home country, have a wonderful nature and wisdom, but I came to realize that, when I saw Japan, they are not quite able to take advantage of that in real life.
(Sri Lanka, 23, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

Central Asia

I am motivated to learn AI in a master’s program of the University of Tokyo after participating in SAKURA SCIENCE Exchange Program. Robots used to exist in a dream world for me and I saw the real thing with my own eyes at close range. A sense of responsibility grew in me to show the children in my home country how to operate robots.
(Kazakhstan, 20, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

I have never seen one Japanese who did not pay respect to others. This is the most important thing and that is the very reason why I would like to visit Japan again and work.
(Tajikistan, 18, High school student, High School Program 2018)

Participating in SAKURA SCIENCE Exchange Program stimulated my interest in science and technology. I want to be a part of it, because the development of science and technology will help to improve people’s lives.
(Turkmenistan, 25, Supervisor, High School Program 2018)

The Pacific Ocean

I learned that Japanese people work in an organized fashion, respect others, and are full of love. Everywhere we went, it was wonderful.
(Solomon Islands, 18, High school student, High School Program 2018)

I never heard of the occupation called Industrial doctor till I visited Japan. We do not have such an occupation in my home country, but I strongly felt the needs of industrial doctors to protect the health and safety of workers and to increase productivity as well.
(Tonga, 40, College student, Open Application Program 2017)

Others

I think that education is valued very much in Japan and it is wonderful that there is a big investment in research and innovation.
(Brazil, 17, High school student, High School Program 2018)

I learned that it is very important to have a vision for the future, that is, to think about the future of the world as well as the present.
(Mexico, 17, High school student, High School Program 2018)

I saw that Japan is neat, rich in culture, and I learned that Japan is the best place to learn science.
(Peru, 16, High school student, High School Program 2018)

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