2020 国際助成プログラム International Grant Program      
(Grant Number)
(Project Title)
Visual Ethnography of International Students’ Migration to Japan- Deepening a Mutual Understanding and Cultivating Empathy Towards a Creation of an Inclusive Society
Dipesh Kharel
Dipesh Kharel
The University of Tokyo
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


The number of international students in Japan reached 345,791 in 2019, an increase of 165,300 from the end of 2012. However, the migration is challenging due to the lack of adequate migration policies, social infrastructures, and information gaps between the countries of origin and Japan. This project focuses on student migration from Vietnam, Nepal and Myanmar to Japan, considering the rapidly growing students from these countries. One aim of this project is to fill the information gap and deepening mutual understanding between Japan and these countries through collaborative fieldwork, data recording, exchange meeting, video screening, and interaction among partners. After coming to Japan, student immigrants work in convenience stores, restaurants, and other industries that form the backbone of daily life in Japan. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed over 70 % of international students’ part-time jobs that help fund their school fees and living expenses and pay off the debt for coming to Japan. Now, their plans to complete study and find a job in Japanese companies are looking insecure. Another aim of the project is to contribute towards a more inclusive society by obtaining a new perspective on foreign students in the “new normal” of the post-corona Japanese society.

ホームページへのリンク ◆トヨタ財団WEBサイト内関連記事