INTERNSHIP BENEFITS AND COSTS

INTERNSHIP BENEFITS AND COSTS

The Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation provides internships to participants that prefer to travel to Tokyo, and to online participants located anywhere on the planet.Travel, such as to Tokyo, is never required for participation; however, it is an option.  For such participants arriving from outside Japan, please see https://tokyo-global.co.jp/tokyo-internships/

Depending on whether one prefers to travel can greatly affect cost, and, depending on one’s value judgments, costs may significantly outweigh benefits.  What follows here is a comparison of the benefits and costs of completing such an internship online, versus in Tokyo.

T.G.E.C. ONLINE INTERNSHIP BENEFITS

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Academic credit (optional)

Research experience

First-hand industry knowledge and contacts

Opportunities to achieve personal learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee

For those with language or learning impairments, instant access to accommodating technology

T.G.E.C. TOKYO INTERNSHIP BENEFITS

All of the above benefits of completing an internship online, plus, of course, Tokyo.

Tokyo

is the world’s busiest city

has the world’s best health care

has the world’s lowest crime rate

is the world’s most populous metropolitan area

has the world’s highest postgraduate literacy rate

has the world’s highest concentration of universities and research facilities

has the world’s largest number of top-rated restaurants and entertainment venues

has the world’s largest transportation hubs (largest train station, largest bus station, et cetera)

For more benefits, see

https://www.gotokyo.org/en/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r57k4IULew

T.G.E.C. ONLINE INTERNSHIP COSTS

None, really.  However, participants must have reliable Internet access, which can be costly, depending on participants’ Internet providers.  Computers can be a cost, too; however, it is presumed that, by virtue of reading these words, prospective participants already have access to computers.  But time has cost, too, and, at six months per internship period, the amount of time required can be considerable.

T.G.E.C. TOKYO INTERNSHIP COSTS

The following possible costs are discussed: visa processing, airfare, transportation, insurance, sustenance, and lodging.

VISA PROCESSING

Core nation-states increasingly invent levels of non-citizenship, and Japan is no different.  The Government of Japan requires all non-Japan-citizen non-tourists to apply for a visa before entering Japan.  Depending on the type and duration of visa requested, especially in the event of a sudden change in immigration regulations, the Corporation may ask applicants to provide for such expense.  To the extent that the Government of Japan does not apply a visa fee, the Corporation will not prompt applicants for expense of processing time or delivery.  Presently, there are no such fees.

AIRFARE

Airfare costs vary, and depend most on distance traveled and number of days between date of purchase and date of travel.  One should always contact a licensed, bonded, insured travel agent in physical person before making any travel-related purchase because Web-based travel providers are much less likely to be of assistance in a crisis.

TRANSPORTATION (IN TOKYO)

In no case would anyone temporarily residing in the Tokyo area require regular access to an automobile, except perhaps a taxicab in the event of unexpected heavy rain.  Neither should anyone expect a bicycle to be a realistic means of transportation in the world’s busiest city.  Tokyo’s mass-transit system is the finest on the planet, and costs vary, depending on use.  Discounts are available to students, to persons with medical disabilities, and to persons that use the exact same route to travel to and from a particular destination daily.  Rates are easily computed using Google Maps.

INSURANCE

One can never have enough insurance, and for persons that are not residents of Japan, one cannot purchase insurance policies in Japan, with one exception: Japan national health insurance.  Non-tourists in Tokyo are required by Japan law to visit their nearest branch of Tokyo City Hall shortly after arrival, to register for Japan national health insurance, and to make immediate payment.  Costs vary, but are not expensive.  The result is extremely diminished hospital and pharmacy treatment cost.

All other insurance, such as travel insurance and supplemental insurance, should be purchased from a licensed, bonded (and INSURED)insurance agent in physical person (and in consultation with a travel agent or attorney) outside Japan.  In no case should an insurance policy be purchased fromWeb-based provider.  And, although no TGEC internship participant has ever suffered a major health problem, policies should include clauses as to corpse removal from Japan because national governments are becoming increasingly nitpicky about inclusion of such clauses.

SUSTENANCE

Tokyo has the best food on the planet, and, certainly, the most expensive food on the planet.  However, food in Tokyo can also be cheap, and readily available.

To view prices of Tokyo’s cheaper food:

https://livejapan.com/en/article-a0001306/

To see how expensive and how good it gets:

http://moneyinc.com/five-expensive-restaurants-japan/

Most university students have the opportunity to dine in university cafeterias, and while many do, most prefer to purchase food from convenience stores.  Put simply, the busiest city on the planet doesn’t have time for much else, while also demanding good quality from convenience stores.

For persons that would never eat food from a convenience store, there are plenty of excellent grocery stores in Tokyo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RuBu7WCp-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFM9TrDB7iI

LODGING

Any shared lodging setting should be prefaced with reference checking.

LODGING OPTIONS FOR LEGAL MINORS (UNDER AGE TWENTY IN JAPAN), FROM LEAST EXPENSIVE TO MOST EXPENSIVE:

NOTE: Legal age in Japan decreases to eighteen in April, 2022.

PERSONAL GUEST OF AN AMBASSADOR (EXTREMELY RARE, EXTREMELY UNLIKELY, BUT WORTH MENTIONING)

To a certain extent, all humans are required to pay taxes to at least one national government, and almost every national government on the planet owns and operates official residences in Tokyo, usually on embassy grounds, for embassy employees and their guests.  To the extent that a stellar minor’s sponsor were well-known to a diplomatic corps member, a minor could receive permission to stay at such a government residence as an official guest, perhaps even free of charge.  TGEC has established relationships with dozens of embassies in Tokyo, and would be willing to inquire directly on a prospective applicant’s behalf; however, to the extent that such an applicant is not already both a close, personal acquaintance of a diplomat and also an esteemed junior scholar, such an arrangement is not likely to occur.  Nonetheless, this option is worth mentioning.

“HOST FAMILY”

A “host family” refers to a household that invites someone that is not a member of the same household, typically someone with entirely different national citizenship or an entirely different primary language, to reside in the household temporarily and at no cost.  Whether or not “host families” receive remuneration for hosting a visitor depends on the program in which they are enrolled.  In any case, for persons considering such an option, a travel agent specializing in such programs should be consulted.

YOUTH HOSTEL

Youth hostels provide low-cost, sociable accommodation to legal minors where guests can sleep in a bed, usually a bunk bed, and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen, all in a supervised, secure setting.  Private rooms may be available, depending on the hostel.  In any case, for persons considering such an option, a travel agent specializing in such facilities should be consulted.

GUEST IN A BOARDING SCHOOL OR UNIVERSITY DORMITORY

Tokyo has more universities and boarding schools than any other city on the planet.  Many of these have dormitories, including dormitories that specialize in the needs of students traveling from outside Japan.  Some universities may allow such guests to stay free of charge; others may be charged at the same rate as a school of enrollment.  A transfer agreement between schools would need to be in place before any such arrangement could be made, and TGEC would be pleased to assist in the negotiation of such an agreement.

RESORT HOTEL ENTIRE DURATION

Because legal minors cannot enter into rental agreements (or binding contracts, generally) in Japan, such as for short-term housing, the only other option for legal minors is the most expensive option of all: lodging at a resort hotel.  Costs may or may not be astronomical, depending on the particular resort and season.  However, a need to shop for food or obtain local transportation would be removed, and a management expert skilled in many languages would be always available, anytime, for any need.  With this option, from arrival to departure, every conceivable requirement would be met, which, for anyone in a learning setting, is ideal.

LODGING OPTIONS FOR LEGAL ADULTS (OVER AGE TWENTY IN JAPAN), FROM LEAST EXPENSIVE TO MOST EXPENSIVE:

Adults should review the aforementioned options available to minors.

CAMPGROUND ENTIRE DURATION

Yes, we’re serious.  Violent crime is virtually nonexistent in Tokyo, which is ringed with campgrounds.  Moreover, violent weather is equally rare.  Depending on the season, one could have a lot of fun at any of the campsites listed by the Japan National Tourism Organization, and not pay a lot of money, at all.

HOSTEL

Hostels provide low-cost, sociable accommodation where guests can sleep in a bed, usually a bunk bed, and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen, all in a supervised, secure setting, and not all hostels are “youth” hostels.  Private rooms may be available, depending on the hostel.  In any case, for persons considering such an option, a travel agent specializing in such facilities should be consulted.

DISCOUNT HOTEL ENTIRE DURATION

Tokyo has a unique type of discount hotel, the “capsule” motel.  Capsule motels offer beds in temperature- and sound-controlled pods.  Some hotels are segregated on the basis of biological sex.  In any case, for persons considering such an option, a travel agent specializing in such facilities should be consulted.

APARTMENT RENTAL

Tokyo has more of everything than any other metropolitan area on the planet, and apartments are no exception.  And because of Tokyo’s population density, most Toyko residents reside in apartments.  Prices range from extremely cheap to most expensive on the planet.  Tokyo’s apartment rental culture has unique requirements, and TGEC would be pleased to refer any prospective internship participant to an apartment-finding organization.

RESORT HOTEL ENTIRE DURATION

Like camping, we’re serious about this, too.  Costs may or may not be astronomical, depending on the particular resort and season.  Many resort hotels offer discounts for advance reservations, particularly reservations paid in full well in advance.  Apartments, on the other hand, do not have a wall phone one can use to complain about a lack of Internet connection at three o’clock in the morning, or to request a particular favorite food in a moment’s notice.  Indeed, when staying at Tokyo’s finest accommodations, a need to shop for food or obtain local transportation is removed, and a management expert skilled in many languages is always available, anytime, for any need.  With this option, from arrival to departure, every conceivable requirement is met, which, for anyone in a learning setting, is ideal.

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