Q: How do you like being in the program so far?
Ms. Tsai: It’s quite nice. There are many students that are all interested in doing some kind of research related to Japan. My research interests are in studies on Japanese language, but there are students who are doing research in other fields such as literature, politics, education and civil society in Japan. We all get to talk about many different topics, and it is a wonderful experience.
Q: What is the lab (kennkyu-shitsu) like?
Ms. Tsai: We are all friends and the lab has a cozy atmosphere. We often eat lunch or dinner together and talk about our ongoing research projects, as well as other things.
Q: What do you like most about the program?
Ms. Tsai: I am currently the only graduate student in the Advanced Japanese Studies field, so I am getting superb attention and care from all the faculty members in my field. I am receiving a lot of practical advice on my research, and I am also getting hands-on experience as a teaching assistant for their classes.
Q: Is there anything you don’t like about the program so far?
Ms. Tsai: It ‘s still a very new program, so some things are still in development. However we are not too anxious about these things. One thing I would like to see is, to have more students from my field joining this program!
Q: Any recommendations for future applicants to the program?
Ms. Tsai: I would recommend that all applicants have a clear idea of what their research plan is and also have passion towards Japan and their research.