Finding Success in Japanese Universities, Startups, and Beyond with Austin Zeng
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In today's episode, I’m sharing a conversation with Austin Zeng, a native of Singapore who first came to Japan on the MEXT scholarship, and is now actively involved in the startup space there. He’s a developer, translator and interpreter, blogger, and even participates in a Japanese think tank. Some topics covered in today's episode include the ways in which the Japanese government is trying (and in some ways failing) to support foreign students who want to work in Japan, the common pitfalls that foreign students face in Japan, as well as thoughts on balancing integration with maintaining the unique value foreign workers have to offer the country.

Today's Japanese:

term: とくてい ぎのう(ビザ)

to-ku-te-i gi-no-u (bi-za)

kanji: 特定 技能(ビザ)

meaning: special/designated skill (visa)

Austin's Links: 



MEXT Scholars Association official website:

MEXT Scholars Association Facebook:

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