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I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here nearly three years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world.
I am trying to retrain as a designer and you may see the odd example of my work appear here as I progress.
I also indulge in opinionated rambling.
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Japanese bureaucracy: some of the finest in the world
I have a feeling bureaucracy is something I am going to have to get used to; I have already filled in and sent back 3 forms, if I try and book my plane ticket myself then JSPS won’t pay and, before I can apply for my visa, my employers have to obtain and send me a Certificate of Eligibility. I still have one more form to be sent before I leave. After I arrive I must send one within the first week announcing my arrival, a second informing them of my new Japanese banking details and a third to arrange Japanese lessons.
According to the regulations, about the worst crime I can commit (professionally), is to forget to hand in my holiday form. Submitting my holiday form after my holiday instead of before it is a sacking offense.
In other news, apparently people who have had Botox are less likely to be angry. Perhaps I should get some before I go to help me cope with the paperwork?
1. No winging please, if you think British bureaucracy is bad it’s time you got out and experienced some of the others.
2. I have to book through the JSPS’s preferred travel agent (KNT). Yup, that means I am flying out to Japan to start my job at TIT with KNT. Joy.
3. Which required a fourth form and a copy of my passport.
4. Oh God. How many forms will there be for THAT procedure?!
5. Thanks Dan-san, these numbers are a MUCH better idea than all those clumsy asterisks.