International Students of TOHO GAKUEN

Interview of Students

DAIMON
TOHO GAKUEN Film Techniques Training College
Film Production Department
From Sweden
GONZALEZ ALBA JOSE MANUEL
TOHO GAKUEN Film Techniques Training College
Creative Writing Department
From Panama
HAZARIKA HRIDAYADITYA
TOHO GAKUEN Sound Technology College
Acoustic Technology Department
From India
PANG ZHI KANG (left side)
PHUAH KER SZE (right side)
TOKYO ANNOUNCE GAKUIN Performing Arts College
Broadcasting Voice Actor Department
From Malaysia
ESHPAL SINGH MANN
TOKYO ANNOUNCE GAKUIN
Performing Arts College
Broadcasting Voice Actor Department
From Singapore

Interview of Graduates

Currently working as a sound engineer at CJ E&M Corp., after working for JYP Co., Ltd.!

Currently working as a sound engineer at CJ E&M Corp., after working for JYP Co., Ltd.!

KIM YONGWOON
Sound engineer
CJ E&M Corp.
South Korea/Graduated March 2012

After graduating, I began working as a recording engineer at JYP Co., Ltd. where many popular artists are affiliated. I currently make use of this experience in working as a sound engineer for music programs, documentaries and variety programs on “Mnet,” a general entertainment channel at CJ E&M Corp. I acquired recording skills at TOHO GAKUEN using their professional-oriented studio and equipment. Moreover, in practical training classes for program production, I gained experience in producing programs in cooperation with people assigned different roles. As the result of acquiring professional techniques and knowhow while I was still a student, I was able to start working on-site immediately without hesitation. My goal for the future is to become a sound engineer capable of working in even more extensive fields!

Working on the front lines of Japanese anime as a compositor.

Working on the front lines of Japanese anime as a compositor.

LIU HANYING
Compositor (anime filming)/TOEI ANIMATION Co., Ltd.
China/Graduated March 2017

I had always loved animate since I was a child. I wanted to produce anime in Japan, and entered TOHO GAKUEN after graduating university in China, then landed a job at the anime company of my choice. So far, I have worked as a compositor (anime filming) on the movie, “MAZINGER Z: INFINITY (Theater Version),” and the TV anime, “KADO: The Right Answer,” among others. At the school, I produced mainly 2D anime, but recently I have dived into the world of 3D at work, gaining all kinds of new experiences. I was worried about job hunting when I entered the school, but I was able to overcome my difficulties thanks to the warm words of encouragement from my advisers, and a pertinent job-hunting seminar. People can continue growing no matter where they are or how old they are. Only you can be responsible for your own self-development, so my advice to everyone is to be goal-oriented in your work!

Blown away by seeing my own name in the credits roll at the end!

Blown away by seeing my own name in the credits roll at the end!

LEE JUNGWON
MA assistant
PANDASTUDIO.TV INC.
South Korea/Graduated March 2017

As an MA assistant, I am involved mainly in recording and mixing sounds for movies and anime, such as “Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel] (Theater Version)” and “Haikara-san ga Toru.” I felt rewarded when the movies that I had worked on were played in theaters throughout the country, and my name appeared in the credits roll at the end. I felt anxious when I first came to Japan, but above all, I concentrated on studying Japanese at Japanese school, and studying at TOHO GAKUEN to acquire practical skills and qualifications. I got through job hunting too, by never giving up. I felt that the curriculum provided by TOHO GAKUEN was excellent, not only for the practical training they provide using professional equipment, but also for teaching us extensively through rotational seminars on the job of sound engineers, after which they gave seminars allowing us to hone our skills in the profession we were aiming for (recording, MA, PA).

Robust connections with the television industry unique to TOHO GAKUEN!

Robust connections with the television industry unique to TOHO GAKUEN!

JANG KWIRAN
Director
The Zero Station Company & JPN, INC.
South Korea/Graduated March 2012

As a director, I am currently mainly in charge of the entertainment corner of an information program known as “Sukkiri (Nippon Television Network Corporation-affiliated).” I produce VTRs, including interviews of actors and entertainers. I feel a great sense of satisfaction when fans respond through social media after seeing my VTRs. While I was at the school, I felt anxious about finding employment, but an instructor who gave a special lecture was the president of the company where I work, and my job hunting went surprisingly smoothly. My supervisor, the Chief Director, is also an alumnus of TOHO GAKUEN, and it’s really reassuring to know that former students work in all positions in the TV industry from producers to technicians. Everyone feels anxiety at the start, but I think everything will turn out fine if you actually come to Japan, live here and continue studying!

The Business Japanese classes have been truly valuable!

The Business Japanese classes have been truly valuable!

SITTHIKORNROJ KRISANEE
Assistant director
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!

The solid support provided to overseas students is very reassuring.

The solid support provided to overseas students is very reassuring.

WOO SEULKI
Camera assistant
TELETECH Co., Ltd.
South Korea/Graduated March 2017

After graduating, I joined a broadcast technology company, and I am working as an on-site camera assistant during live broadcasts of baseball games, soccer games and concerts. I had always liked to travel, so it’s fun being able to go to all kinds of places to broadcast live games. The practical training classes at TOHO GAKUEN were really useful. It was great to be able to work with professional broadcasting equipment, and I have been able to make use of the skills I acquired during classes. While job hunting too, they supported me in all kinds of ways, for example by introducing me to companies suited to overseas students, and giving me meticulous advice when I had a problem with my visa, allowing me to resolve it. You only live once. Don’t hold back thinking “It’s scary, or it looks difficult,” but believe in yourself. Tell yourself, “Yes, I can,” and take on the challenge.

Making use of language skills to deliver Korean dramas to Japanese viewers.

Making use of language skills to deliver Korean dramas to Japanese viewers.

LEE JUN HYUNG
Video editor
Across Co., Ltd.
South Korea/Graduated March 2012

I became interested in producing Japanese variety shows, and after graduating TOHO GAKUEN, I worked on-site as an assistant director for three years. Since changing jobs, I have been editing Japanese versions of Korean dramas, such as “Jackpot (Tebaku – Unmei no Toki –)The Moment of Destiny (BS Nippon TV),” starring Jang Keun-Suk. I decide which scenes to cut in order to adjust episodes to Japanese broadcasting times, or in the case of DVDs, I am left in charge of editing the bonus footage from scratch, so a part of my job almost involves being like the director of the Japanese version. My language skills are indispensable when checking the subtitles to go with the original version. An advantage of TOHO GAKUEN is that during practical training, you can experience working in an environment similar to working on-site. There are plenty of jobs openings, of course, and I was grateful for all the inside stories I was able to hear on companies I wanted to join from my predecessors working on-site; information which would otherwise have been difficult to obtain as a foreigner.

I’m the video editor for the news program “Hodo Station!”

I’m the video editor for the news program “Hodo Station!”

HUNG SHENG HUI
Video editor
FLEX, Inc.
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.

What’s important is to mingle with Japanese friends.

What’s important is to mingle with Japanese friends.

SEO HYO JEONG
Video editor, designer, interpreter,translator
Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd.
South Korea/Graduated March 2012

After having worked on CGs at a TV production company, I am currently working on editing videos for exhibitions and designing materials for manufacturing equipment at a food equipment manufacturer. I also work as an interpreter and translator supporting salespeople in Korea. I acquired skills in working with video editing tools at TOHO GAKUEN, which I have found to be very useful. It was good to be able to study cross-departmental subjects in order to acquire the skills necessary for producing programs. One of the advantages of TOHO GAKUEN is their huge selection of courses. Other than that, the teamwork skills I acquired during practical training in program production, the relationships based on trust I built with the teachers, who supported me through close counselling after graduation, and everything else I learned at TOHO GAKUEN has helped to get me where I am today. If you plan to work in Japan, you shouldn’t just stick together with other overseas students, but I think you should make the effort to actively mingle with Japanese friends, too.

Nationality is irrelevant when it comes to your dreams.

Nationality is irrelevant when it comes to your dreams.

NAM EUNJI
Anime audio
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!

My dream of bridging the gap between Japan and Taiwan through music has come true.

My dream of bridging the gap between Japan and Taiwan through music has come true.

CHANG YUNNING
Music and live concert sales
MSI JAPAN OSAKA Co., Ltd.
Taiwan/Graduated March 2016

At the moment, I am involved in sales at a concert sound engineering company, while also running a gallery, producing live concerts, and engaging in labeling operations for a group company. The good thing about TOHO GAKUEN is that they invite people from a wide variety of companies to give seminars. We were able to listen to talks given by people from different event companies every time, and it’s been useful to me even in my current job. The classes on the history of Japanese music also gave me an opportunity to learn about the trends and changes in J-POP. I have always wanted to bridge the gap between Japan and Taiwan, even when I was being interviewed for the school or the company. To be honest, I didn’t feel very confident about it, but now I am helping to organize concerts in Taiwan for Japanese artists, and creating opportunities for exchanges, which has made me feel that I have realized my dreams.

I make the sounds used in movies and commercials!

I make the sounds used in movies and commercials!

KIM HYUNJUN
Sound effects designer
ONPa, Ltd.
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.

At TOHO GAKUEN you can learn about every aspect of anime production!

At TOHO GAKUEN you can learn about every aspect of anime production!

CAI WANYI
Anime production assistant
SIGNAL. MD,INC.
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!

In charge of sound, lighting and video engineering work.

In charge of sound, lighting and video engineering work.

YUAN YUNONG
Sound, lighting and video engineer
TECHNICO Co., Ltd.
China/Graduated March 2017

I not only work at parties for major companies, but I also engage in technical work involving sound, lighting and videos at hotel party venues where filming is carried out for TV programs, such as the “FNS Music Festival” (Fuji Television). I originally wanted to be a sound engineer, but my current workplace allows me to experience a variety of other jobs, and I feel that it will be good for my future career. My dream is to run my own recording a studio. I continue to study even now, between work, and I strive never to forget what I learned at TOHO GAKUEN. My advice to people aiming to become engineers is to make sure you grasp the fundamentals of electronics. The teachers at TOHO are all very kind. They may be strict during class, but that’s all for your own good. The meticulous advice they gave me was really helpful.

In charge of producing programs on AT-X, a channel dedicated to anime.

In charge of producing programs on AT-X, a channel dedicated to anime.

KIM HAENG JEONG
Assistant director
Opus Plus Co., Ltd.
South Korea/Graduated March 2017

I am involved mainly in producing programs for AT-X, a channel dedicated to anime, such as “Tokyo Encount 2” and “ShimoGame.” I derive a sense of satisfaction when a program that I was involved in is broadcast, or when I get to work with voice actors on-site. The most difficult thing for me is the language barrier. In my case, I studied Japanese on my own so I don’t have a solid grounding in the language. I had no choice but to study extremely hard while I was at school. I took advantage of the Japanese course provided by the school, and spent a lot of time with Japanese friends, all for the purpose of learning. TOHO GAKUEN has teachers who specialize in taking care of overseas students, and as a school that has fostered so many overseas students in the past, I think they have an advantage when it comes to job hunting, too. If you have a dream that you want to realize, you have to brace yourself and not run away from it. I hope you find lots of things that you like in Japan.

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