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Experiences of Myanmar students studying at the University of Tsukuba

Living in Japan for the second time

Myanmar , Culture / By Takahashi Mitsuko

I was the first international student to live in Japan from 2012 to 2015. Because it was my first time, I was often confused and troubled by different cultures, different languages, and different lives, but I think I got used to life in Japan in about the second year. But living in Japan was lonely and alone, so I returned home after graduation.

I had good things like the way Japanese people work and the custom of keeping time. When I returned to Japan and worked for a company in Myanmar, my business habits in Japan were much better than in Myanmar, and I wanted to go to Japan and work if I had the opportunity. Finally, in January 2021, life in Japan started for the second time. Japan has changed in the five years between the first and second times. As a foreigner, I would like to introduce what I thought had changed.

1. Technology

Overseas, we all believe that Japan’s technological progress is the earliest in the world. When I was in Myanmar, I heard that Japan invented new robots and machines to automate a lot of work, but I really thought it was impossible for machines to do all the work on behalf of humans. This time, when I came to Japan for the first time in five years and shopted, I started paying money by machine in some places. I think that if you get mechanized too much, you don’t have to hire people. Japan is able to do various things on the Internet. You can also open a bank account online. Technological advances are a good thing, but I’m worried that there will be fewer jobs.

2. Subway

I will be working in Tokyo on this visit. When I was an international student, I lived in Tsukuba city and used buses and bicycles a lot. When I was an international student, I rarely used the subway. This time, when I first went to work in My Second Life in Japan, I took the subway. After living in Japan for three years, I didn’t think I’d be troubled by traffic, but I was really in trouble. I went while looking at the arrow indicating the transfer, but I was lost. I wondered how the Japanese understood such a complex and difficult underpass and why they did not get lost. There are a lot of subway lines, there are a lot of exits, and where do you get out of that exit? I think that other foreigners should feel like me how the Japanese understand it. Thanks to my first subway adventure, I was completely less confident that I would be able to go anywhere alone. Shinjuku Station, where many lines are available, was particularly difficult. I went while looking at the arrows, but I wandered around the underpass for about 30 minutes. I’m sure that if you get used to it, such a problem will disappear. However, transportation in Japan is really convenient. Buses and taxis are the main means of transportation in Myanmar, but buses are usually very dirty, so I don’t think foreigners get there. Transportation in Japan is convenient and clean. If it wasn’t difficult, it would have been better.

3. Japanese on the train

Japanese people don’t talk much on the train, they don’t do it, they read books quietly and look at their cell phones. I think this is a Japanese custom. When I ask Japanese people why they keep quiet on the train, they will teach them to be quiet in front of people from the time they were children. I think it’s good to be able to be tying other people not to bother you. I think it would be good to teach the children about it in Myanmar. In Myanmar, when there is a seat 4 on the bus, I will tell the person standing, “There is a seat 4”. When that seat is vacant, and this seat is vacant, it is said to the person who stands, and I thought that the Japanese was cold when seeing that nobody taught even if there was a seat in Japan.

4. Summary

Japanese technology has many good things for human beings, but I think it is not good to have fewer human jobs if we make too much progress. Because of the high level of building technology, there are many underpasses at Japanese stations, and we have made a lot of exits. I think Japanese people are like moles. But I think the underpass will protect everyone when the weather is bad.

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