Interview of Students
TOHO GAKUEN Film Techniques Training College
Creative Writing Department
TOHO GAKUEN Sound Technology College
Acoustic Technology Department
PHUAH KER SZE (right side)
TOKYO ANNOUNCE GAKUIN Performing Arts College
Broadcasting Voice Actor Department
Interview of Graduates
In Charge of Recording for 2PM, Wonder Girls, GOT7, TWICE, etc.
JYP Entertainment Corp.
From South Korea／Graduation in March,2011
I work as a recording engineer at a production company in Korea that artists such as 2PM, Wonder Girls, GOT7, and TWICE belong to. I also work as a sound advisor at concert halls, cooperating with PA mixers to set up sound systems at venues. I studied at an academy in Korea, and worked at a PA company, but my work with overseas artists inspired me to further hone my technical skills, and learn to speak more Japanese! This prompted me to leave my job and study abroad in Japan. Life as a newspaper scholarship student was extremely hectic, but I managed to graduate thanks to my supervisors at college who took good care of me. It may be hard paying educational expenses, living expenses, etc., but I think you will find that you will achieve results naturally by staying focused on the goal you envisaged when you entered the college.
I am in charge of “LisAni! LIVE TAIWAN” events such as concerts by artists such as ONE OK ROCK and F.T. Island.
Fun Entertainment Corp
From Taiwan／Graduation in March,2010
I am currently a project manager in Taiwan for concerts featuring prominent Asian artists such as ONE OK ROCK, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, F.T.ISLAND, CNBLUE, and Roy Kim, and events such as “LisAni! LIVE TAIWAN.” Coordinating overseas artists in Taiwan requires balance and mutual trust. It’s a difficult process, so when a concert or event goes well it produces an exhilarating sense of accomplishment. In the future I would like to expand from Japanese music and event programs in Taiwan to those held in Hong Kong and China as well. The music business knowledge and expertise I learned in Japan, as well as my Japanese language communication abilities, have been extremely useful. If you sustain your love for what you’re doing, one day your dream will come true!
Making Full Use of Explanatory Meetings to Gather Information!
CHUN HEON YONG
THE WORKS Co., Ltd.
From South Korea／Graduation in March,2010
Assistant Producer on Japanese Television Programs! The role of an assistant producer is to support the producer, and my work in casting involves choosing the cast, and negotiating with them. I find my work rewarding when a cast member says to me after the recording, “It was fun!” If you are aiming to work in the broadcasting industry, it is important to set yourself a clear goal for the future. My advice is to actively attend explanatory and consultation meetings held at school to seek advice from all kinds of people, and make sure you gather information before taking your first step. You should try to start job hunting before anyone else, and never give up as you take on one job interview after another.
The Business Japanese classes have been truly valuable!
The Far Eastern TV Entertainment, Inc.
From Thailand／Graduation in March,2015
As an assistant director, I am currently involved in the production of popular variety shows such as “Complicated SUMMERS2” (TV Tokyo), as well as overseas content projects. Sometimes I can’t follow the language used in comedies, and I still have a way to go in my study of the Japanese language and culture, but it’s fun to see how my own work capabilities expand. At TOHO GAKUEN you can study television program production using authentic studios and equipment, and there are a rich range of courses for international students, such as Business Japanese, which is helpful when looking for employment. One of the best things about TOHO GAKUEN is that it had the most information for job openings for international students. Learn the knowledge and skills used in the television industry, build bonds with teachers and international students in other faculties, and expand your horizons!
My dream of creating TV programs in Japan has come true!
NGUYEN THU TRANG
Imagine CR, Inc.
From Vietnam／Graduation in March,2016
I entered TOHO GAKUEN because I longed to be part of the Japanese entertainment industry and to create television programs in Japan. I’ve taken my first step to achieving my dream, working as an assistant director on Sahel Rosa’s Ichioshi NIPPON (BS12 TwellV). Planning programs is difficult work and requires research abilities, but it is fun being able to go on location to different sites each episode. The knowledge I learned at TOHO GAKUEN, such as industry terminology, and the studio production practice it provided me with, have been invaluable. I am also very grateful for the job-seeking support provided by the instructors, not just in the form of consultation, but also coming with me when I called on companies. At first I was at a loss, because my way of thinking was so different from that of Japanese people, but that gave me the drive to truly communicate, and made it possible for me to overcome that hurdle. Everyone should persevere, never giving up!
Learn state-of-the-art broadcasting techniques using professional-grade studios and equipment!
turn up Co., Ltd.
From South Korea／Graduation in March,2002
I used my experience and connections as a camera operator to start my own film technology company in 2016. As a “playing manager” in charge of 14 employees, I handle site operations for shows such as “Sakurai & Ariyoshi THE Yakai” (TBS), ”Living Overseas In the Eyes of Japanese Wives” (MBS), and “BPM - BEST PEOPLE’s MUSIC” (Abema TV). Television program production provides people with dreams, hope, laughs, and moving experiences. Even if the equipment used differs, the programs that are produced are created by people working together, so I strive to value communication and achieve the director’s vision. TOHO GAKUEN has widespread industry connections, and alumni and students form strong bonds. Students can learn cutting-edge broadcasting technologies from the exceptional teachers, using the school’s superb facilities, and go on to succeed in the Asian entertainment world.
I’m the video editor for the news program “Hodo Station!”
HUNG SHENG HUI
From Taiwan／Graduation in March,2012
I do video editing for TV Asahi news and information programs such as “Hodo Station” and “Good! Morning.” One of the attractions of this job is that I get to see video material that is never aired on television, but deciding what video to use, and how to combine it, requires close communication with the director. As a foreigner, this is a challenge I face every day. TOHO GAKUEN receives a lot of information about job openings in television and other parts of the entertainment industry, and has a much richer selection of information than general job hunting sites. International students can consult with the teachers in the International Students Support Center regarding Japanese society, worksite conditions, and more, which is very reassuring. My dream is for my name to be credited as a program staff member.
I’m using the skills I learned in commercial art design!
PARK YEA NA
From South Korea／Graduation in March,2015
When I was studying Japanese, I became interested in the artistic sets used in Japanese music programs. That’s why I enrolled in TOHO GAKUEN, where I would be able to study that in depth. I currently work in an art production company as an assistant, helping with art design and film set processes, primarily for commercials. Producing designs under tight time constraints is difficult, but actually producing finished results is fun, and when the commercials we create air I’m filled with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. At TOHO GAKUEN I learned Vectorworks 3D and Illustrator skills, essential for artistic set plan creation. What I learned during the hands-on program production classes about work processes and the division of roles between individual positions has also been extremely useful in the workplace. I would like to continue my involvement in artistic work for as long as I can.
Nationality is irrelevant when it comes to your dreams.
PONYCANYON ENTERPRISE, INC.
From South Korea ／Graduation in March,2014
I currently work as a MA assistant on the music used in television anime such as “Overlord” and “Shonen Hollywood,” as well as overseas productions and games. I've always been interested in recording and the music world, so just being in the industry makes me happy. When I decided to be an international student, my main worry was Japanese. I still find it difficult, but the director of audiography, my career goal, needs to be able to judge the lines and acting of voice actors. The use of an intonation dictionary when studying Japanese, and reading Japanese books, are essential, and effective in improving ones Japanese. I don’t like the mentality of “I’m a foreigner, so I can’t do it.” Keep doing your best, persevering, until your dreams become realities, regardless of your nationality!
At TOHO GAKUEN you can learn about every aspect of anime production!
Anime production assistant
From China／Graduation in March,2016
I am a production assistant on works such as the “Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari” theatrical anime! My main duties consist of schedule management and collection of completed materials from animators, so communication is the most important skill in my work. I’m frequently surprised by cultural differences, but I love seeing the hard work produced by the excellent creators. For a production assistant it is important to have an overall understanding of anime production. Classes taught me widespread knowledge of every aspect of anime production, so I was quickly able to get up to speed after joining the company. I was a little bit nervous about job hunting, but when I enrolled in TOHO GAKUEN I consulted with teachers, set goals, and kept doing my best for two years. In the entertainment industry everything comes down to your actual abilities. It’s important to do all that you can, irrespective of the consequences!
I’m working on the 3D CG in the popular anime “Yuri!!! on ICE!”
3D CG creator
QREAZY Co., Ltd.
From Taiwan／Graduation in March,2015
I love comics and anime, so, thinking it’s better to do what you want, even if you regret it later, than to do nothing at all, I decided to come to Japan as an international student. I’m currently involved in video production for many popular works such as the anime “Yuri!!! on ICE” and the game “Gurumon.” The company I work at is a small one, so immediately after being hired I was put in charge of multiple projects, which made me very happy. The first time I saw my name listed in the end roll of an anime I thought “This is living!” Studying abroad consists not only of learning language and skills, but also about the country’s society and culture. Of course, as an international student, there will be differences, but if you want to work in Japan it’s important that you be ready to accept the culture.
Taking on the challenge of 3DCG characters in a new movie!
3D CG creator
From China／Graduation in March,2016
I am currently doing 3D character CG design and digital video processing for a movie to be released in 2018. The CG applications I’m using are primarily in English, so I’m doing a lot of English study, but the senior colleagues at my company provide patient explanations, and the company has a good atmosphere, so work is always fun. The hands-on computer classes and other hands-on work, such as video production, have proven extremely useful. The job search classes were also very useful, covering a wide range of material, from interviewing skills and how to write resumes to profiles of companies and company briefings. TOHO GAKUEN is very broad-minded, with many international students from a wide range of cultures. Always maintain your initial enthusiasm and do your best to tackle any hurdles you encounter!
Experiencing the Joy of Working On-Site with Music I Love.
Empoint, Co., Ltd.
From South Korea／Graduation in March,2012
I joined the current recording studio in 2016, and I work as an assistant in recording for musicians. My job is fun and rewarding, working on-site, recording music I love, and becoming close with artists in private too. Unlike colleges in Korea, TOHO GAKUEN has a very comprehensive range of audio equipment, with extensive experience in handling international students and a solid system of supporting them. In the way of job hunting, the school offers peace of mind through all the information on career opportunities it can provide. Even if you have the disadvantage of a language barrier, becoming a professional is not easy for anyone. My advice is not to worry, and be positive as you take on challenges.
I make the sounds used in movies and commercials!
Sound effects designer
From South Korea／Graduation in March,2015
I work in a company that produces sound effects for commercials and movies. Sound effects are all of the sounds other than actors' lines and music. It’s an interesting job, because the experiences you have with sounds in everyday life tie directly into your work. I’ve always found the level of Japanese films to be very high, and there are many schools in Japan where you can study video sound effects, so I decided to study in Japan. I am very happy that at TOHO GAKUEN I was able to engage in comprehensive study of three different sound-related job types: MA, PA, and recording. When I was looking for work the teachers in the International Students Support Center provided me with a great deal of advice, which was very encouraging. I’m still an assistant, but in the future I want to become a film audio designer.
Thank you to the teachers in the International Students Support Center!
From China／Graduation in March,2016
I decided to study in Japan because of my love for the Japanese music scene. In the live production class I was able to experience the entire process from planning to artist booking, PR, and operation on the day of the performance. For a music-lover like me it was a wonderful experience. I am filled with gratitude to the teachers in the International Students Support Center. They consulted with me regarding visa renewal procedures, and sometimes even gave me a stern talking to when I wasn’t putting my all into my job hunting efforts. I’m now using what I learned about design at TOHO GAKUEN in an advertising production company. Many of our clients are regular companies, and I still have a lot to learn. I want to use the experience I accrue through my editing design work to one day work in the music field, which I love.