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From Turkey to Waseda

Mr. Jans Urash Deniz
2nd year Student in the Master Program of the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies (GITS)

Turkey sees the Japanese as a "race of inventors"

Mr. Deniz studied Japanese and education at Ankara University in Turkey. Even after beginning to work, he never relinquished his dream of studying abroad in Japan. "In Turkey, the Japanese are deeply respected for the advanced technology and systems that they have developed." According to Mr. Deniz, Turkey sees the Japanese as a "race of inventors" due their developments in areas such as automobiles and IT technology. "In order to prepare for studying abroad, I left the company where I was working and focused solely on preparation. Even so, I twice failed the examination for Turkey's government-sponsored foreign study program. However, I never gave up my dream." These tribulations only served to further increases Mr. Deniz's interest in Japan. His dream came true in 2007 and he came to Japan as a government sponsored foreign student. Furthermore, just before beginning his foreign study, Mr. Deniz married a Japanese woman that he had met in Turkey.

First time to learn the value of time management

In November of 2007, Mr. Deniz entered the Master's Program at the Waseda University GITS. He chose this course of study because of his strong desire to study IT capable of changing social systems. However, Mr. Deniz reflects that "When I first came to Japan, differences in organizational and group consciousness made it difficult for me to adjust to the atmosphere of the faculty office." There were times when he even had negative feelings towards his research. During such times, seminar leader Professor Toshiharu Kitamura was strict when dealing with Mr. Deniz. "Professor Kitamura adopted a strict attitude in order to make me notice the need for me to take initiative towards my studies. Professor Kitamura gave me two books to read. The first was a 900 page book on the economy, while the second was a book on grammatical rules for writing a thesis in Japanese. The Professor told me to read the two books in a month and submit a report." This was the start of a period in which Mr. Deniz read at least two books a month and wrote over 20 reports and theses in a year.
"To be honest, my research is quite difficult. However, I also feel that engaging in such research benefits me greatly. Thanks to my busy schedule, I have learned to manage my own time by clearly dividing my schedule into study time and relax time." Mr. Deniz was also able to overcome his initial dislike of writing by continuing to write on a daily basis. "As time passed, I grew to like Professor Kitamura, and I am now proud to conduct research under his guidance," says Mr. Deniz with great emphasis.

A desire to transmit "the Japanese way" to Turkey

"Currently, I am interested in the theme of how IT has changed the tourist industry." Last year, Mr. Deniz participated in an academic exchange between universities faculties that was held at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, and his activities are expanding globally. "In Japan, I learned many things not only from studying but also from the environment and customs of the country. To begin, I hope to study the spirit and tranquility of the Japanese, the manners of the Japanese, and the social and economic systems of Japan. I would then like to transmit information regarding these items in my own words to Turkey." Mr. Deniz's words clearly express his unwavering desire to improve Turkish society.

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)