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Effects of Coronavirus for Students in Japan | Motivist Japan

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As of March, lots of events have been cancelled due to the spread of Coronavirus. Big theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios and Ghibli Museum are extending their break in order to prevent contamination. 

A medicine is yet to be discovered for the said virus. Because of the lock down, many started panicking and hoarding unnecessary stuff like face masks and toilet rolls and even natto in some areas of Japan. Effective March 9, the government re-enacted the law that will ban the re-sale of masks. Anyone caught reselling masks with marked up prices can get a fine of up to 3 million yen. Learn more about the effects of coronavirus for students in Japan below. 

Most of the Japan schools started canceling their activities including graduation trip and graduation ceremony. There were schools that also opted to conduct the ceremony inside the classroom rather than big event places. Even the entrance ceremony of Universities and Senmon Gakko are now being cancelled for safety reasons. 

With all the cancellations on going,  we would like to remind our students to keep updated with the news and announcements from the government. Always get in touch with your school to know any school updates. Stay at home and avoid crowded places. For students who want to visit their home country, please coordinate with school staff first especially if you are from China or Korea. The government is imposing a 14-day quarantine from people coming from these two countries and you might have trouble coming back.

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Since almost every school is on break, it is easy to lose track of your part time hours. Remember that as a student, you are only allowed to work 28 hours per week except long school break such as summer, winter, autumn and spring break. This “lock down period” is not considered as part of the long school break as this was considered as an emergency situation for the welfare of students.

Students are expected to work 28 hours per week on regular days. Once the school declared the official Spring break, then students will be allowed to do 40 hours of work per week.

Not following the school and Immigration policies can result to:

1. No visa extension – Immigration constantly check the attendance and income earned by student while residing in Japan. It is easier for them to spot who overworked or not. If they see your income is too high, your next visa extension might get rejected.

2. Visa change – If you are thinking of changing your visa from Student to Work visa, again Immigration will review your school grades, attendance as well as income in Japan. If they suspected a sign of working beyond the limit, it might jeopardize your visa change process.

 If you feel like canceling your class and would like to go back to your country, please refer to the guidelines of the school about refunding. Coordinate with school first for proper guidelines. Do not forget to inform your dormitory, share house or apartment staff too. If you have a postpaid line in Japan, contact your service provider and inform them your plan to terminate contract. 

Leave your part time job properly and do not forget to close your bank account. If you cannot bring the money in cash, send them  via money transfer like western union to your local bank account. Your Japan ATM might not work abroad.

For our students who are coming this April, our partner schools are doing their best to take necessary precautions to protect the students.

Right now, most schools are on their break and school are using this time to sanitize and disinfect the classrooms. Schools are also providing masks to students for added protection. School might practice a one seat apart policy to practice social distancing or further delay of the start of the school based on government's advise.

We strongly advise students to wash their hands properly, eat healthy food and take vitamins that will boost your immune system. Avoid shaking hands, bring wipes and alcohol so when you go out so you can disinfect your hands when water and soap is not available. If you have a recurring fever, go to the nearest clinic for consultation.