Over the past decades, the trend of choosing Japan as a spot of study abroad had significantly risen. But why? Needless to say, there are more than a few aspects that captivated the young generations to act as
the driving force of this trend. Since Japan is a reputed business center of the world, youngsters will be aspired to study and work in that environment to preserve in the ever-changing world of high technology and
quality of life.
As Economics presents itself with a precise and logical approach to the dissection of human behaviors and society issues, which things seem unrelated are significantly and deeply integrated. A fleeting glimpse of a newspaper headline or one look at the world around us, we can instantly notice its vital role economics plays in every aspect of life and influences nearly everything we do and think. The world has witnessed the tenacious and uncompromising resilient spirit of Japan that had shown in the Japan Economic Miracle. After the devastating World War II, the unbelievable economic growth that happened in Japan evolve it’s nation rapidly and become the world’s second-largest economy at that time. Hence, it is as clear as crystal that Japan is a country that has magnificent economical potential in the future which had shown before in the past. Therefore, Japan is one of the countries that attract a large amount of investment and
educated, intelligent foreigners to work in Japan, and lastly catches the attention of students to study abroad in Japan.
On the other hand, I found that it is really fascinating about the current Economic situation of Japan. The average living standards of citizen in Japan are relatively higher than developing countries, despite the
fact that in the meantime Japan also has massive nation debt. From my point of view, this could be interpreted into two main directions. Firstly, having huge debt wasn’t always means negatively, the same situation happens to United States. They do have gigantic amounts of debt whilst doing well on the Economic aspect. Hence, as long as the future generation have the ability to pay off the debt avoiding the end result of bankruptcy, this debt would not be enough to threaten the current Economic growth. It could be said that investors in Japan are optimistic about the future and trusted the young generation that they will be valuable enough to pay off or reduce the debt in the future. But readers do have to keep in mind that this
theory is based on the future ability to pay off the debt.
Secondly, huge debt also could means budget deficit of government. A long term fiscal deficit was not a good sign of effective governance. Fiscal deficit of a nation will reduce national savings, reduce the supply of loanable fund, increase the crowing out effect eventually slows down the economic growth rate. At present time now, Japan birth rate has stagnant which direct effected the labour force of Japan and needed more elderly health care that usually youngsters would not interested in. This also indicates a higher tension of pressure it’s on the shoulder of young generation now due to aging population society. By this, when I have group discussions with my Japanese classmates in university courses or when I buy groceries, I could feel the pessimistic of youngsters towards the future.
Furthermore, citizens of Japan are well aware of it’s current nation fiscal conditions regardless of the prosperity it shows to the world. I had once heard that students said that GNH, gross national well-being will never be introduce as a indicator in Japan instead of GDP, gross domestic product. The new measurement GNH pays attention not only to the “prosperity” in the economic production and materialist aspects of the society of a certain country, it mainly focusing on the happiness of one’s life and the value, self satisfaction they felt in their life. One of them had said that even though Japan is a developed country, they wasn’t happy and this GNH measurement would not likely to happened or enforced in Japan. After hearing this, I really rethink again about what is the meaning of life, I do hope readers could have some time to think about it too.
Nevertheless, the situation of Japan facing also gives a chance of international talent to work in Japan since they need labour force and new technology to revive and pull Japan out of the Economy stagnation. This
really given the opportunity for foreign workers since Japan government also has officially set up supports and organizations to attract the attention of talents around the world to work in Japan.
In addition, Japan has been rated as one of the safest countries in the world, with Osaka ranking top in the board of safest cities. As the average education level had risen, people are more aware of the responsibilities of raising a child which unprecedentedly implies a lower birth rate. Parents now are more focusing on the safety of their children whilst there is a greater extent of having the only child in a family.
Nevertheless, Japan had done a marvelous job of eliminating the anxiousness about safety. The elementary students could commute by themselves to schools which this situation would not likely happened in my
home country. From this, you could evaluate the safety level of Japan. I do esteem this aspect of Japan and felt safe living and studying in Japan. On the other hand, other than the safety of a country is crucial for
study abroad, it is also equally important for the development of the country and it could promote the tourism culture which would stimulate economic growth. In short, an overview of a country could be implicated thought it’s safety level and Japan undoubtedly did a good job on safety issues.
Moreover, as technology innovation draw out most of the obstacles of globalization, the economy of every country is more integrated and influences each other. All of theses had reformed and advances
globalization and interconnectedness to a next, further level. Hence, we could foresee that learning multiple languages will prove to be very valuable, as globalization has become a daily lifestyle and the world now is
more global and interconnected in economic development. The ability to be able to communicate fluently had always been a crucial aspect in business, it is always beneficial to learn more languages. From a perspective of international students, I felt the importance of Japanese proficiency in Japan is a very crucial life skills to have in order to live in Japan. In conclusion, people are willing to make more efforts on increasing self-value by developing language skills through studying abroad in Japan.
Lastly, Japan is a nation that provides a fascinating combination of modern and ancient. It has the fastest bullet train in the world and the meantime having traditional culture well preserved. The unique atmosphere of Japan successfully catches the eye of the world. But frankly speaking as a view of international students, although the high technology of Japan, residents of Japan walk a lot in daily life maybe this is also why their average lifetime is relatively longer other than due to the reason of advancement in medical technology.
This aspects actually really impacted me because I could sense the huge differences between Japan and my home county. In Malaysia, university students usually drive themselves to university but university students in Japan often takes the train or JR when traveling which is really convenient too. The coexistence of traditionalists and modernists in a country creates an incredible view and landscapes, pushes tourism, and attracts youth generations to have the future prospects to spend long days in this country. Hence, it is also one of the main reasons why students willing to overcome lots of trouble studying abroad in Japan.