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I'm a Japanese-language student. I studied the language in my home country (India), but now I want to learn it in Japan. This July I planned to take JLPT N3, but it got canceled. Now I can take it in December only, until then I can't even work because I don't hold an N3 certificate, which is the minimum requirement to work.

I have applied for a Japanese-language course in Fukuoka University and my session will begin in September. If I don't get a visa I don't know what I'm going to do. It's really a depressing situation. Moreover I have paid my university fee. If the university only provides online classes, then it's not beneficial because I have already learned the language in my country. I want to learn by living among Japanese people.

And one more thing, around 60 percent of foreign students are from China and Vietnam. And Japan is planning to ease restrictions for both of these countries. Isn’t that unfair? If people coming to Japan get themselves tested negative for COVID-19 before the day of boarding, then what's the problem? If South Korea can do that, then why not Japan? And it's not only me who's going through this problem. There are many students.

I hope this article helps.

Marina Malik
New Delhi

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