留学生インタビュー

Would you please tell me why you studied in Japan?

(Ms. Nawaratjamroon): I majored in Japanese language at university in Thailand. I had been interested in Japanese since my childhood because I was attracted by the Japanese cartoons and animations very much. I applied for Japanese Government Scholarships and enrolled at Nagoya University. (Mr. Furkfon): I found the application for the Japanese Government Scholarships in my university. In Thailand there are a lot of Japanese companies. I decided to study in Japan to contribute to the development of Thailand by bringing advanced technologies from Japan to my country. Because there were fewer students who go to Japan to study, compared with those who go to the US or to the European countries, I rather thought that it would be a change for my future to study in Japan.

Please describe your life and study in Japan.

(Ms. Nawaratjamroon): I lived at the International Residence of Nagoya University. It was the first experience for me to live alone because until then I had been living with my family in my home country. I participated in the home stay programs in Hokkaido and Oita and I was able to learn Japanese way of living and to feel the Japanese four seasons that I had never experienced in Thailand. I tried a Japanese public bath as well. Firstly I felt shy very much because we, Thai women, never take off our clothes in front of other women. But it was a good experience. (Mr. Furkfon): I was living in a dormitory with Japanese students and made a lot of friends at that time. Living with the Japanese, I was able to learn Japanese ways of living and Japanese culture, including taking a bath, Japanese food, TV dramas, music and so on. Especially I was very surprised at seeing Japanese eating rice with a raw egg for breakfast. I also joined in Shorinji club, where firstly everybody was very curious about me, a new foreign member. I enjoyed having a trip with other members of the club to Shikoku island to visit the headquarters of Shorinji.

Have you had any relationships with Japan after coming back to Thailand?

(Ms. Nawaratjamroon): After I came back from Japan and graduated from university, I worked at a Japanese company as a secretary. However, as I was not satisfied with a translation job, I switched my job to a salesperson at a computer company. Now I am working at another Japanese company, and am in charge of planning and developing, of mainly food products and managing our office. In the future, I wish to establish a company by myself. (Mr.Furkfon): Since I came back from Japan, I have worked at the Ministry of Labor and been in charge of vocational training. I make use of my knowledge which I acquired in Japan because the Japanese vocational training system is very helpful for Thailand. I am also an adviser to the Committee on Communications and Telecommunications, in the House of Representatives of the Thailand Parliament. I am in charge of researching the Japanese post office system and advising on making a system of public fee payment at Thai post offices.

Could you please give a message to young students thinking of studying abroad in Japan?

(Ms. Nawaratjamroon): In the Japanese studies course of Japanese government schlorship (Monbukagakusho), so many foreign students majoring in Japanese language participate from all over the world, that you are stimulated by them very much. This experience remains as a precious treasure for me. If you would study in Japan, please try to remember the faces and the names of Japanese with whom you meet, because it is possible that you would see them again in Thailand, where you have a lot of opportunities to meet Japanese people. (Mr. Furkfon): You have to study Japanese language to study in Japan. Although it is very hard to study Japanese, you will be able to get a big chance. Since Japan and Thailand are becoming closer in both political and economic fields, it is important to understand each other. Do your best for yourself, your family, your country and for everyone around you.

Uploaded on 2nd February 2004