To make this simulation realistic, we added as many expenses as should be (while remaining reasonable – for example our estimation does not count traveling). For instance, in many cases, students choose accommodations in a walking-distance from their school. Here we took into account public transportation commuting. Likewise, we counted 1,500 Yens for meals every day but when under budget restraints, students can lower this cost.
请记住在日本的生活并不昂贵。 有一些方法可以控制开支, 比如在日本的百元商店购物， (商店只卖100日元的商品).
Below, you will find the case of a student enrolled in a one year program, in Tokyo, with housing in a shared apartment. In this scenario, the foreign student works as a waiter in a restaurant.
周末外出: 8 次/月 x 2,000 日元 = 16,000 日元
工作（每周28小时，每小时1000日元*）：28小时x 4,25周/月x 1,000日元= 119,000日元
This is only a simulation of a budget to study in Japan. Of course, each situation is unique. Some people manage to keep expenses really low. Others may go out a lot and need a higher budget. In any case, what we would like you to remember here is that the Japanese law allows you to work up to 28 hours per week. And job opportunities are there for the taking. So we strongly recommend you to work in Japan. It will help not only your wallet but your experience in Japan, and of course your Japanese language skills.
* Minimum wages vary from prefecture to prefecture, from 677 Yens to 888 Yens in Tokyo (for more information about minimum wages in Japan, click here – page in Japanese only). Of course, wages depend on jobs and required skills. For example, a foreign student who teaches his/her own language may earn 2,000 Yens per hour. For less qualified jobs students earn around 1,000 Yens per hour.
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