Why I Chose a Japanese (and not a U.S) University [MY RESEARCH]


Hey guys! I’m Loretta
and welcome back to my channel! The summer is definitely full on now!
It’s HOT! Last week I finished another semester at school here in Japan and it was a big one because I am down to my last semester in school. THE END IS IN SIGHT! Which means unlike before, no more textbooks. It’s all just practical research. The thing is, since I started grad’ school I posted a lot of videos vlogs about school life and story times from my POV but after reading all your comments I realized I never actually talked about WHY I’m going to school in Japan So I want to lay all the cards on the table and tell you WHAT I’m doing at a Japanese school and WHY. The 1st question I always get is:
What school am I going to / What am I studying /
Is it English or Japanese? I go to a Japanese national university, the name of which I can’t tell you quite yet. But I promise I will tell you soon! I study business, I’m getting a Master’s degree in Business Administration it is completely, 100% in Japanese. The thesis I’m writing, the research I’m doing, everything is in Japanese. It’s a full on graduate school experience. Which leads to the next question! #2: WHY am I going to School in Japanese? Why didn’t I just go to
school in Japan, in English? There are American Universities in Japan and schools that teach courses in English. That is true!
So let me be real honest with you: The first, practical reason is because I’m on a scholarship. I’m on a MEXT scholarship from the Japanese government which in most cases on sponsors you to go to Japanese national universities. Some do have English-based programs, like Keio University, etc. But you’re not going to be able to go to a school like Temple U. or even a school like Sophia University is very hard to get into on the MEXT scholarship. MEXT wants true-blue, Japanese colleges and they want foreign talent going into
those schools That’s just the nature of the program in most cases. I wanted to go to grad school back in the states, but the truth of the matter is I just couldn’t justify the price! I’d applied to Colombia’s Japanese pedagogy program I looked into a Japanese Studies program at NYU and after applying and looking at them closely I felt these were just excuses for me to do something more Japanese but the price tag just wasn’t worth it! So I just ever enrolled. But when the MEXT scholarship became an option I realized that this is something that allows me to go to school for free but allows me to pick a degree that is more relevant to my actual career. That leads me into my longer answer, which is basically Universities have brand value. There are Ivy League schools in America that are cool just because they’re Ivy League’s when they’re equally amazing programs at
other non^Ivy League schools. (Go William and Mary!!!) There’s a common narrative, especially
for kids in the liberal arts Where you want to pick a school or degree based on your passions. From your view your thinking I want to learn the thing that makes me passionate and makes my gears turn! That’s amazing! That’s great! However, the point of going
to University is not to learn something. The point of going to university is to
get a certification that precedes you into your career. I’m 100% behind people
learning and studying their passions but learning is a lifelong journey and
Universities more often than not are a disguised price tag that are built to
give you access to a certain social circle, to a certain job circle, to a
certain career or degree path. I’m going to go on a tangent here but certain schools are brand names because the people in that field understand what it is that you probably know and what your personality is probably like before you even sit in an interview. That’s why a certain degree is very powerful. This is something a struggled with when I picked my original undergraduate major because I love languages, culture and people so to me it made the most sense to study
the thing that I care about So I got a degree in linguistics and while you couldn’t minor in it I had enough credits to fulfill a minor in
International Studies and music. I graduated happy and smiley and about six
months later The price tag of that same degree was no longer in deferment. My school loans turned on and it was now time to pay back for all those years
I spent in school. At the same time I was trying to see that same degree to future employers. So getting back to my original point, right about now when you are watching this video It should be about August 4th. Which is a very big day for me because it is in fact, my 30th birthday! Coming to Japan at this point in my life has been a big turning point in my career I’ve worked a good handful of strenuous jobs and I realized that this doesn’t necessarily mean something to everyone! You can learn anything in life and you don’t need to pay tens of thousands of dollars just to do it. This is something I’ve been thinking about recently looking at why I picked my major in Japan and why that’s actually meaningful. In Japan, a liberal arts degree from the College of William Mary is simply a bachelor’s degree a certification to work and get a work visa. There are a lot of brand name schools around the world Harvard, Oxford, in Japan there’s Tokyo University but in my field (business), getting in MBA in English that’s NOT form Harvard, means almost nothing. So getting a MBA from a Japanese university in English Not only is it the wrong country but if I didn’t even do it in Japanese then that looks more confusing. However, getting an MBA in Japan in
Japanese prepares me to do business in Japan. So in a nutshell:
the reason I’m getting my degree in Japan in Japanese Japanese is because:
(A) I received a scholarship making it free (B) Doing it in Japanese prepares me to do business in Japan I have a United States undergraduate and
I’m working now on my Japanese masters which combined, together gives me access
to jobs both In the United States, in Japan and somewhere in between. The point is that in your individual case and career no matter where you’re going, or if you don’t even know Your diploma/resume is nothing more than a paid elevator pitch and the first things that introduces you before you walk into an interview. You make sure that resume says something about why you should be there so you have a chance to really get in there. That’s it. I promise I’m doing preaching. I just felt like I had to get that off my chest! So the next questions is about the Japanese idea of
レジャーランド( lit. “leisureland”) I’m not sure if this is a popular word anymore But it’s a word that describes a very true sense of Japanese education in that, you work REALLY hard to get into schools but once you’re into University, you’re good! Supposedly you just have to graduate at that point. I got a lot of questions asking if my schools the same. Obviously my school is hard for me because it’s in Japanese but it’s not…….*grunts* 😛 I feel like it’s a lot easier to get good grades as long as you do certain things. Your grades are probably going to be okay as long as you don’t skip class and you do the reading. In the States I feel like you could get away with never doing the reading but on your final papers and our tests but on your tests if you don’t have the
exact correct information, you could still fail. You could put in all of your effort and still fail. In Japan, I was so worried because I knew that my best is still going to be below a native Japanese speaker so I worried I’d fail no matter how hard I tried. Your effort seems to be a lot more weighted than your actual content regurgitation at least in grad school for me. I found that as long as you showed you did the work that you at least tried to do it did at least the minimum page requirement and showed up to every class then you will definitely pass and probably do well. So it’s difficult because you have to do all the work but you don’t have to be perfect. So, getting on to the last part I want to tell you WHAT it is that I’m actually studying. Shakai Kagaku-fu Keieigaku Senkou Hakase Katei Zenki
(Graduate School of Social Sciences, Business Major, Pre-PhD) In English the closest thing is probably a Masters in Business Administration, an MBA but because its Hakase-Katei Zenki, the pre-course to the PhD track it’s a lot more thesis/writing heavy and my thesis! I should explain that… In the modern age because of the internet there’s this common belief that you can connect with any person, business, or country easily because of our digital connections. In the business world there is a theory from
Harvard Business School specifically from Pankaj Ghemawat, around this idea of the flat world or globalization. there’s a theory that these concepts have created a bias a lot of businesses, especially internet startups set themselves up for failure because they assume they have access to an infinite market to in customer, in any country, anywhere simply because they put a website on the
Internet in multiple languages. The thing is that this is a bias! For example the case when Google tried to expand into China that did not go over so well because there’s a lot of regulation around what can be put on the internet and what can be shared between people. So coming from America you think everybody uses Google but in China they have their own
in-house services like Baidu, etc. like that the idea that Google and web
searching would be easy in Russia by the context of its language the
language the Russian language is so complex that the way that search
terms and SEO works in English it doesn’t work the same way it does in Russian and it doesn’t lend itself to that type of search. So it was very difficult for these big, giant companies It was harder and it took a lot more money
to actually try to get to these markets so my thesis is looking at that theory
of bias and what does it actually mean to be a business in the global age
specifically in the context of Japan. Japan right now has its own set of
biases specifically around the Olympics and specifically around the ideas of
globalization this idea that there’s an infinite market of foreign people that they can market to if they just speak English With Rakuten and the Englishnization movement there’s this idea that if we can just be more English-ready we can have our hands in markets all across the world! My thesis is that no, that is not necessarily the case! So my research is based on case studies and interviews with Japanese corporate managers asking
does their strategy actually make sense Is their strategy biased? In addition to that narrative I’m matching this with a market survey asking people around the world what they think of Japanese companies How do they interact with companies in Japan that are trying to connect with them? What are the pain points? What is the disconnect between Japanese
companies and the people who love Japanese stuff. So I’m really excited! Like this tiny IC recorder is every precious interview that I’ve been
doing with Japanese companies I feel like this is the golden treasure of everything I’ve built; my life’s work! So that’s kind of what I’ve launched in these past few weeks and what I’ll be doing all year before I (hopefully) graduate! The reason I bring this up also is because I want to invite anyone who’s interested! You can actually help me out an participate! The survey is going for a few more weeks It’s open answer and requires you to
write as little or as much as you want The survey is available in 8 different languages so please pick the language that you are most comfortable with if you’ve never been in Japan that’s fine If you’ve ever like anything Japanaese,
anything whatsoever and you want to help
me out with my research I’ll leave a link below! We’re kind of all over the board today But I’m at a huge turning point right now
and I kind of wanted to share that with you. If you have any questions,
comments, ideas etc leave them in a comment below and I will see you there! Thank you so much for watching today!

100 Replies to “Why I Chose a Japanese (and not a U.S) University [MY RESEARCH]”

  1. I hope this video isn't too far out of left field! 😀 Pretty nervous actually what you all think. In any case, if you're in the mood for something lighter, here's a little vlog from the first interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwxH8DPjbn0&

  2. I think this is a really important video for me, I study International Business in the Netherlands (bachelors in BA as well), and I have so many goals and ambitions that I can’t pinpoint and focus on one thing… Your thesis topic is super interesting, I’m genuinely inspired to change some things, and made up my mind about some big decisions I have to make. Thank you so much for putting this video on the internet and sharing your life and thoughts!

  3. this video keeps getting suggested to me because I've been binge watching expat videos from japan (I really want to travel there but don't speak japanese) – but as someone who went to art school, top tier art schools plural, and see SO many people who think that no degree (in a field that admittedly used to never technically need a degree) or a "studio art" degree from a state school is remotely equivalent to a top tier art school degree is amazing. Not only do they not learn anything remotely close to what's needed to get in the door, but the fact that their degree isn't from a certain few art schools (globally) shows that they don't know how to do their research first. On top of that, exactly like you said, your degree is a certification not just what you learn – so where you go and for what REALLY matters. I really wish this video or one like it would be shown to most high school students in the US regardless of what they want to go for since so many American students are pushed to just immediately go to college anywhere as if all colleges and all programs are equal. (hint: sometimes taking a few years to reapply will make getting into an ivy league or much better school SO much easier, trust me)

  4. I came to you channel because you are friends with Taylor B and Jenny and now I feel 10 times smarter than 12 min ago :))

  5. Hey i just found these videos. I like them a lot. I have lived in Japan for 10 years and have been thinking of doing a masters as of late. Good luck with everything.

  6. 日本語の俺より日本語上手くて感動した(`・∀・´)

  7. I disagree with the purpose of a university being career prep. The commodification of the degree is 90% of the problem with higher education in the US. Job placement is what vocational training is for. A 4 year degree is for becoming a more rounded, educated, and critical individual. Masters and professional degree plans return to focusing that broad based undergraduate into a more specialized role that MAY be necessary for career placement. With doctorate work being its own level of commitment requiring both mastery of material in a similar general sense of undergrad, with the added necessary detail of full proficiency of a specialization. Anyone planning to enter a 4 year for a job is someone that should stay well away from university. Wrong tool for the job.

  8. You are so cool! That topic for your thesis sounds fascinating, and I totally agree with what you said about "Englishization". I've lived in Germany since 2012 and did my undergrad hear and everyone is obsessed here with English, as well… although, people usually do learn other languages as well, being Europe and all, but English is still almost impossible to avoid here, even though I didn't my degree here entirely in German.

  9. this is so perfect, thank you!! I'm almost 25 and I've been stuck for the past two years deciding how to make my way back to Japan. I tried the ESL route as soon as I graduated university, but it never worked out and I'm honestly glad, because I am not teacher material haha but now I don't know whether or not I should attempt a graduate program or just simply attend a language school, but after hearing your honest opinion I think I'm closer to making my decision 🙂 congrats on making it this far!!! your hard work is inspiring.

  10. WOW!! INSPIRED!!! Am a business student,currently doing my second year in Taiwan,am a marketing and logistics management student.Am from Swaziland.I wish to do my masters in a country that is business minded and which offer scholarship….

  11. 楽天の社内英語公用語化は、本当に恥ずべきことだ。
    文豪・夏目漱石は昔このような事を言った。
    「日本人の英語力が低い?そんな事は問題ではない。それは、日本語で十分高度な学習が出来るように、西洋近代文明を受容する中で、英語、フランス語、ドイツ語を、日本語に翻訳してきた先人の目論見通りだ。母国語で高等教育を受けられるようにするという事が、その国の発展の基盤を支えるのだ」

    本当に正しいと思う。「ひらめき」とか「創造」というのは、母国語でしか出来ない。
    ただ単に英語を流暢に喋るという事が目的ならば、それは教育の意味を為していない。
    それは「生活」である。

  12. Though Japanese university was really expensive at first (in Finland its free so…) but I guess when you compare it US it kind of makes sense to go!

  13. hi lady tht s beautiful.hope u best of luck.
    i would like to ask u how can i get scholarship to study ma in japan

  14. Wait. I don't. It's over. Did everything go well – meaning are you now a graduate, perhaps working in your field already? Best wishes, Bonnie

  15. I think the key to Japanese companies jumping into new foreign territory today is food. If you get an Ichiran, CoCo's, or a pepper lunch to move into an area you will likely see a growth or interest of other japanese related goods/companies. So yea, if you talk to Ichiran about their next US location tell them north part of the Dallas area (plano, frisco) and tell them I want in the operation.

  16. You just landed a Huge respect from me❤❤❤
    Brutal truth and bdw I did not even forwarded the video😍😍

  17. Oh Jesus Christ you're writing a Master's thesis in Japanese, just because of that you already had my like. I loved your mindset on university and your channel sounds very interesting, so I subscribed =)
    I'm a translator, I'm learning Japanese and I'm planning to move to Japan close to my 30's as well

  18. I'm American and I'm currently double majoring in computer engineering and Japanese hoping to in the future get a job in Japan, so this was very interesting. Still a freshman so it's a long way off, but my third I will be going to Japan as a study abroad for my major 🙂

    私はアメリカじんです。せんこうはコンピュターエンジニアリングニアとにほんごです。私は日本の会社につとめたい。そして、このビヂオはおもしろかったです。私は一年生ですが二年後に日本へ勉強に行きます。
    edit – hopefully I got that all right, still only in freshman level courses for Japanese XD

  19. If you are interested in studying in Japan, Motivist Japan (motivistjapan.com) is an education agency based in Chiba Japan helping foreign students to study in Japan. Their service is FREE. Send them an email at [email protected] to know more about the process.

  20. I live in Israel. After serving in the army(which is mendatory), the goverment offers to pay for your high education. Morover, there are thousends of scholarships and fair loans. And the cost of the entire degree(four years) is about 10,000 dollars, but if you are having troubles with money, the university usually gives you low price living option(100$ for month) and if asked, also helps with job searching.

  21. It was interesting to hear your story in comparison to my own. I did my masters in Hong Kong and that was probably the most effort I have ever put into anything in my entire life! Although the classes were conducted in English, which is the standard at post-grad level here, some of the important readings were in Chinese. My Chinese is not terrible, but reading entire books of it in academic text in search of the perfect quote to support your thesis theory was soul destroying xD
    Oh and I'm also one of those Liberal Arts students that followed what they were interested in, but ended up working in finance after graduating. That's also a soul destroying industry haha

  22. My dream is to move to japan and live out rest of my life there, but i dont know the best course of action, in my country uni is free so it feels stupid not to go here, and i also know that you need a bachelor to get citizenship in japan. Thinking oppertunity like I know most foreigners get English teaching jobs but it can be hard if you aren't a native English teacher. So I'm deciding whenever I should go 3 years in my homeland and study to become a teacher in English, but I feel that those years might be wasted because you don't really need that degree to teach English in Japan ( I would like to teach in the public school sector) it's either that or psychology (3 years) but I really wanna move to Japan as soon as possible, I was thinking of doing s year of langngue school but I don't know if that is wasted money either. Really why I don't study a masters in psychology and become a psychologist is because I don't wanna stay in my country for that long and it's gonna be hella expensive to do that in Japan and I need to know good level of Japanese to do that. Oof I really don't know what's best

  23. Woah. I’m glad I found this video. Your points about schools and learning and social circles really opened my eyes. I will be going to college soon, and none of my family has experienced college. This is useful and interesting information.

  24. Very insightful. I'm sharing with my daughter who's now on her 3rd year living and studying in Japan (advance Animation). She had the same reasons for choosing to study there when she could have had an easier path had she chosen other Animation schools in English-speaking countries like Australia, US, London or even nearby Singapore. My sense is that you'll not only pass but will graduate with Honors.

  25. Just by traveling and watching global news, one can tell the world is not as open and connected as one would think. However, people tend to not know what is happening worldwide so that helps to limit ones knowledge.

  26. So, your first degree didn't have much to do with your Grad research. Would you say it's easy to get into a master's program in Japan if your bachelor degree is not related to what you now want to study?

  27. How about how it's impossible to legally purchase and download an .mp3 from Amazon.jp? I've read in forums that Japanese publishers don't want to deal with international copyright laws so they prefer to sell only physical media. So you end up paying $40 for a CD with international shipping when there's only one song you wanted. Booo!

  28. What's your opinion on doing grad school in Japan for Nanotechnology or other hard sciences? Like have you heard if students get lots of lab experience? Right now, my major is Nanoscience (BSc) and I am doing my schooling in Canada.

  29. I’m 13 and black like you and learning Japanese, it’s very fun and also very hard for many reasons. The thing is I can’t really memorize the characters!! I watch you to help me memorize Japanese which is amazing!! Thank you so much!!! You may not see this but a t least I put this out there

  30. Hey thank you for sharing, I want to get my masters in obesity and weight management or sth related to that in Japan, I really love to learn the language but idk if I can do it or not

  31. Hey im trying to go to art school to better my art. And fill in gaps. But i dont want to go to liberal enforced schools…

  32. I know I'm a little late, but your view on university is soo different from what I experience in Germany.
    As education is free here (except for ~300 euro per semester), alot of people really do study what they are passionate about and as a Computer Science Bachelor student I really think about university as a place to learn. They have so much stuff that I wouldn't have access to without the University (Robots for example :P).
    And actually, you could even get a decently payed job in the computer science field without studying here, but it IS true, that you have to get a bachelors degree and preferably a masters degree to make alot of money.
    I even know people that studied things just for fun and then worked something completely different. I really like that here. 😀 Maybe I'll also study something else while working later in life, who knows. It's possible.

    Just wanted to leave that here. ^.^
    (But yes, I also know many people here who view it like you do)

    Oh and another thing. For alot of degrees here it is really easy to get into the university (atleast in the MINT field), but the first two semesters are often there to filter out all the "not so competent" students with really hard (often math) courses.

  33. You should take the course on jumpcut.com. They really show you how to make a business from making content…I've learned alot so far.

  34. this was soo helpful. so to conclude: The name of your school is the turning point and the way for you to easily go up or down in the job opportunity path.

  35. I really want to know that aside from Japanese and English, is there any language you used to learn before? If there is, what is it? Just curious 🙂

  36. I believe that in other countries besides America the students have a higher level in knowledge and that it shows because as example in china lets say 5th grade math is math you do in high school….now common we start earlier in age with school but they need to start teaching us more stuff at a young age i live in america and i started doing 5th grade, 6th grade math in the third this shows cause i know people in the 6th who didnt know how to divide or even do 3 digit times 2 digit multiplication common you americans

  37. Hi Loretta! I recently came across your channel and I just want to say WOW, your videos are so interesting, informative, and fun to watch!! I’m planning to move to Japan next year and you’ve become such an inspiration! ❤️ Your thesis sounds really interesting! I accidentally read the date as 2019 so I thought you were still in school haha but I’m happy to see that you’ve graduated!! Congrats!

  38. ロレッタちゃん、この動画を作って投稿して、本当にありがとうございました!

    来年は大学生になりますので、このビデオがとても便利だと思いました。

  39. Hi miss my name is Srinivas I'm from India. I'm going apply in a university but they asked me that "do you have attendence certificate from a Japanese language school" so does that mean I have to study in a Japanese language school for year and then apply for a university ?

  40. I subbed once I realized you didn’t do this straight out of high school. My friend and I are 25 and this year we are researching international schools.

  41. Dear KemushiChan, I do enjoy every single video experience you have shared with us though your channel and overall the passionate and true way you spread your thoughts and energy to the world. ありがとう ! Saludos desde Mexico!

  42. So do you live in japan permanently? Are there social media groups of English speaking people in japan? I really want to move to japan for many reasons and I’m trying to find where I’ll fit/be productive but I have limitations
    Would you be interested in messaging me and giving me advice?

  43. i have the opportunity to study abroad in Japan but all the classes would be in Japanese and the essays also in Japanese so I'm scared. how hard was it to do?

  44. I have been thinking about the possibilities of getting an MBA as I’m a Japanese major but I kinda want to add something else on there to beef up my resume 🤔

  45. I’m still in year 10, and i’ve always dreamed to study in Japan. I have psychological state from school, so i thought studying in japan would help solving it. So i have two questions if you can aswer the m for me plz. Is it hard? Is ot worth it? ( i know you said them in the video but my english is bad) sorry for wasting your time. 💞

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