Life Of An Indian lad In Japan
Here we have another inspiring article to be added to the interview magazine. This article is written on the lifestyle of an Indian lad in Japan from the state of Kerala. Hope this article could inspire and foster the endeavours of the engineers hoping to work in Japan. Mr. Allan works for Honda after having moved to Japan in August 2019. He is an Engineering graduate from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, based in Coimbatore. Let's peek into his experiences in Japan as an engineer.
Having graduated in 2018, Allan had a great entry into his career starting with an internship at Mercedes Benz Research and Development in Bangalore. He worked in a project related to Fuso trucks which is a Japanese company owned by Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz. This is the point when he was fascinated by the Japanese stuffs or ways of product management and planning, the way they carry over a project .etc. This sowed the idea of working in Japan for Allan. Then he got selected for a Japanese company on a demand of been asked to attain a certain level of proficiency in Japanese. After passing the requirement through the training provided the company, he flew to Japan in August 2019. As he was brought up in Dubai, he was no reluctant to move to Japan.
During his training period in Tokyo he was even taken to NISSAN's Yokohama plant to study the operations being conducted there. This shows how practical the Japanese training is. He had been involved in an intensive language training before being dispatched to the workplace. After a couple of month of rigorous training, he was able to pass the N2 level which was required the most by many companies in Japan. Upon asking about the hard times during Japanese language, as usual he says Kanji. Kanji needs to be put in a considerable amount of effort to be able to attain a command over it says Allan. The other thing that he emphasizes on is the topic based vocabulary Knowledge. For example, one needs to know all the possible vocabularies that would come out in a conversation related to cooking to be interactive in that conversation. The resolution for this will be exposure says Allan. The greater you are exposed to a variety of situations the greater will be your vocabulary strength.
He got dispatched to the Honda Research and Development in the city of Utsunomiya, the prefectural capital of Tochigi. Asking about work experience, communication is a part where one can't afford to make mistakes says Allan. Getting clarified with unknowns is way better than committing mistake after going on an assumption. He says Japanese colleagues show no reluctance in teaching or clarifying doubts. The thing that he emphasizes is time. One has to stick to his words and promises when done. If a document is said to be submitted by evening, it should be done as said. Time is considered as the most valuable investment when it comes to Japanese. When asked about one of the most exaggerated topics in Japan 残業(zangyou) which means overwork, Allan replied it has nothing to deal with overwork as staying back an hour after work is very normal in Japan. It depends upon the business season or the peak months and above all you are being paid for it. So it was not a very big deal for Allan.
He was very comfortable with the Japanese food and eating with chopsticks contrasting to most other foreigners. He used to eat Japanese foods even before going to Japan. His favourite food being ’curry udon‘. The Japan metro system is his favourite part in Japan. He had all praise for it’s timely and super comfortable operations. He is very happy with the way he is treated as a foreign employee and says Japan is way better than many other western countries. Allan concluded by stating his favourite part of Japanese work culture as exchanging sweets among colleagues after every vacation.