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What is FACE?

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FACE (Friendship and Cultural Exchange) is a program that brings together international students of the University of Tokyo with Japanese volunteers for "face-to-face" interaction. Any student who desires to interact with Japanese people in Japanese is eligible to participate. (Daily conversational Japanese is necessary to register.) Foreign researchers and the spouses of international students and researchers may also participate.

In Japan there are now about 150,000 international students, and about 3,300 over 100 countries/region at the University of Tokyo alone (as of May 2015). At the University of Tokyo, it is common for international students to study for several years, and some as long as ten years. However, even in that long period of time, many have few chances to have contact with Japanese people and Japanese society. Through FACE, we hope that international students can take advantage of their time here and have direct contact with, and develop deep ties with Japanese people and Japanese society.

Through one-on-one interaction between an international student and Japanese person may involve enhancing mutual understanding, getting advice, or receiving help with your life in Japan. There is also a chance to explain to Japanese people about your home country's culture, customs, or values. It can be very encouraging for you to have a friend available to talk with and ask questions about life in Japan. We hope that this will be a program that helps you with the challenge of adjusting to the different language, culture, and customs of Japan and having a productive research experience here.

 

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