Internships in Japan
Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of China, Korea and Russia. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes identified as the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan's capital and largest city is Tokyo. Japan is a country of over three thousand islands extending along the Pacific coast of Asia. Together they are often known as the Japanese Archipelago. It also has the world's tenth largest population, with about 128 million people.
* The People
As an island nation shut off from the rest of the world for a long time, Japan is very homogeneous. Almost 99% of the population is of Japanese ethnicity. The Japanese are well known for their politeness. Many Japanese are thrilled to have visitors to their country and are incredibly helpful to lost and bewildered-looking foreigners. Younger Japanese people are often extremely interested in meeting and becoming friends with foreigners as well. Do not be surprised if a Japanese person (usually of the opposite gender) approaches you in a public place and tries to initiate a conversation with you in somewhat coherent English. On the other hand many are not used to dealing with foreigners and are more reserved and reluctant to communicate. Visibly foreign visitors remain a rarity in much of Japan, and you will likely encounter moments when entering a shop causes the staff to seemingly panic and scurry off into the back. Don't take this as racism: they're just afraid that you'll try to address them in English and they'll be embarrassed because they can't understand or reply. A smile and a Konnichiwa ("Hello") often helps.
* Technologically Advanced
Close government-industry cooperation, a strong work ethic, mastery of high technology, and a comparatively small defence allocation have helped Japan become the second largest economy in the world. Banking, insurance, real estate, retailing, transportation and telecommunications are all major industries. Japan has a large industrial capacity and is home to some of the largest and most technologically advanced producers of motor vehicles, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles and processed foods. It is home to leading multinational corporations and commercial brands in technology and machinery.
An internship abroad is the best experience you can have for your professional as well as for your personal development. Experiencing a foreign culture, and having to get organized in a foreign place, are very good ways to broaden your horizons. And when applying for a job, some experience abroad is often expected.
It goes without saying that personnel departments expect most applicants to have knowledge of English as a foreign language. Having a good knowledge of a second foreign language makes you stand out against competitors and, in most cases, opens the door for an interview.
If you would like to go to Japan to experience the culture and nature whilst improving your Japanese through an internship, we can help. With our extensive network of companies and contacts we are in the perfect position to offer you all the support you need in your application for an internship and/or a language course in Japan.