The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Home > Education > Study Abroad - From the world to WASEDA -


Study Abroad - From the world to WASEDA -


Pakpahan Christina Natalia
1st year student at the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies

Enchanted by advanced Japanese technology and Bushido ; the way of the Samurai

I come from Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia is home to many races which possess their own unique culture and language, and I was born into the Batak clan, which boasts an older history then most, in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra.

I loved mathematics as a student and gained an interest in programming at the Telkom Institute of Technology which I entered on my father’s advice. After graduating I was employed by the Indonesian Department of Finance in Jakarta, and after four years of doing database related work, I received a government scholarship with cooperation from JICA in 2012, and came to the Waseda University Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies (GITS) as a research student. That was the moment I fulfilled my dream of studying overseas.

When I hear the name “Japan”, it conjures up images of “Bushido”. It has been nine months since I came to Japan, but I still admire the way that Japanese people, even today, are linked by their striving for simplicity and frugality, values of honour and loyalty, politeness, and strong relations of trust. Also, Japan is a leading country in advanced technology and telecommunications technology. Japan, with that culture and technology, was the perfect place to deepen my knowledge in my field of interest. So now, I am living in the Honjo Dormitory (student dormitory), and I have been able to make friends with people from all over the world there, and have been blessed with the wonderful opportunity to enhance my understanding of many cultures.

At GITS, I am researching recommender systems. In the future, I hope this research will be useful as a policy-making tool at the Department of Finance. I also want to take the wonderful culture and technology I have learned in Japan back home, and make it widely known in order to aid the development of Indonesia.

At the Telkom Institute of Technology where she received her bachelor’s degree

At a party in the Honjo Dormitory. Pakpahan is second from the left in the front row