I wouldn't say that Japan and Germany are much different in terms of green economy in particular. Japanese companies have adopted a lot of Western European and American experience. Japan has a lot of related firms to Germany. When we talked with Dinara, we put a lot of emphasis on this: a person who has Russian experience and knows how things work in Germany may gain experience in Japan and then combine these three aspects in his work. That is, I was not originally interested in Japan, exactly as in Japan; it was more like a piece of the puzzle in the overall picture. I was interested in it from the point of view of my specialty, when I started to choose an alternative to Germany. Germans and Japanese themselves say that Japan is Asian Germany and Germany is European Japan. Of course, the cultures are very different, there is nothing to argue about, but there are many common points and parallels.
When I applied, I gave priority to Keio University. They have a rather unconventional approach as they have more emphasis on practice than theory. There are a lot of projects, a lot of field trips, and they work on practical problems. That was my first priority when I applied. And my second priority was Kyoto University. That's what picked me. It's more traditional, they don't have such a narrow focus. They have economics programs and project management that interest me. I am more inclined to the latter, I wanted to develop their master's project is not just a thesis. And I want to realize it. By no means do I want to say that it's bad that Kyoto chose me, it's a very cool old university - it will be necessary to adapt my priorities.
Right now I'm already taking language courses at the university, online for now, but we're expected in Japan by the end of May. I can apply in the fall, or postpone, get my Japanese up to a decent level, I haven't decided yet. The program itself is in English, but since I got the chance to learn Japanese, I'd like to take advantage of it. It gives me more options, I'll be able to take narrower areas, subjects in Japanese, at least as a listener. That way I could get some more contacts and make friends with professors. That would be very helpful.