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Seiunkai Scholarship
(Sponsored by the School of Law Alumni Association)
Seiunnkai, the School of Law alumni association, awards one scholarship each year to an international student who shows outstanding academic performance. This scholarship may not be used in conjunction with other grants and awards 600,000 Japanese yen annually. The 2009 recipient, Zhang Shiao from China, provides insight into his experience at the School of Law below.

Zhang Shiao
Frankly speaking, I had never thought about coming to Japan before I went into my senior school where 80% of the students would come to Japan and finish their education at universities. I knew something about this country and her people only from newspapers and internet media. I didn’t believe mass media actually, so, basically it was a mystery country for me.

If life was a novel, then living and studying here in Japan would be a chapter of mine. The first section is about Kyoto. I, together with my schoolmates, got beautiful memories in at least six months there. I met my Japanese teachers; they were nice, suitable to the culture of Kyoto. That was the first image of Japanese for me. Not from media, that image is a kind of things that you can see, you can touch, you can hear and you can even smell, truly and actually.

Kyoto was my favorite place, until I came to Osaka and started the second section of my life here in Japan. Osaka is a totally different city from Kyoto. More modernized, noisier and more crowded, seems similar to my hometown in China. I met many students here, I met many professors here and I even met many staffs here. They were passionate. I also did part-time job in a convenience store, I met my boss and my partners.

Until today, I have passed my three year time here in Osaka. I usually think of my first years: poor Japanese ability, poor communication, loneliness, inconvenience to the life styles here, worrying about tests and so on. And then coming back to reality, I find myself enjoying my life now. I am really thankful to my professors and all my friends for their help, uncountable, and will never forget them.

I always believe that studying abroad is just a path which is approaching to change our opinion of our life and to make communication between different cultures and civilizations. By this kind of communication we find out what we have in common and what we want differently. Not to a individual person but even between countries, ethnics, cultures or civilizations, we find out our common wealth, then we know that this common wealth dose not only exist between individual persons or countries, it exists in every member of mankind, that is humanity. And that is what we people who study laws must save and secure. We are lucky to get this chance to take the responsibility for saving our common wealth of humanity, so that we can make the world better.

One day, I asked my partners of the part-time job: “Even if one day we both quit the part-time job and start our own lives, we will still be friends, shall we?” “Absolutely yes,” they said.

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