Sannenzaka Correspondence

Editors’ Diary 20/08/2023

My brother Shohei is exacerbating an already dire situation, and upon sharing news of my acceptance to a UK graduate institute, he started sending foolishly mournful messages. I want to convey that this isn’t acceptable. Although he’s an authorized faculty member at Osaka University’s School of Science, he’s somewhat better compared to other difficult nuts individuals such as Mr. Yamaki and so on, but it’s still not justified.

I’m juggling preparations for CUNY graduate school and working on my European thesis simultaneously. The UCLA program, to which I was granted participation several months ago, proved to be exceedingly captivating; however, due to the exigencies of my overall schedule, I intend to reevaluate the opportunity.

As I remain deeply engrossed in the paperwork pertaining to my graduate studies, my fervent focus is to expeditiously return to the realm of journalism, where my true vocation lies. In Japan, a deeply ingrained tradition persists, one that altogether neglects the valuation of academic erudition, aptitude, and experience. It is evident that this practice has contributed to a decline in the influx of distinguished foreign scholars and international students to Japan. Regrettably, the intricacies of the overarching framework perpetuating this condition are intricately interwoven with vested interests within university administration. Consequently, the prospects for reform remain formidable in the times ahead. The implementation of systems inspired by noteworthy precedents, such as the ECTS, within the APAC region, seems an unlikely prospect in my estimation.

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