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Ing. Jan Růžička, University of West Bohemia, ročník 5

Faculty Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Field of study Commercial Electrical Engineering
Field of internship Engineering, Other
Specialization of InternshipManufacturing Engineering
Internship period (from - to) 1.7.2019 - 30.8.2019
Internship duration (weeks) 9
Transport (means, price) Airplane - from Prague with transfer in Frankfurt - 20 000 CZK
Insurance/Insurance company Česká Spořitelna - 5 000 CZK
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa 0
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Japan, Furukawa, Osaki City
Internship reference number JP-2019-03

About the country

Location of the place

Osaki City (sometimes Furukawa) is located in Tohoku region approximately 400 km north of Tokyo.

City

Osaki City is quite small city for Japan with approximately 130 000 inhabitants. There are many shops, restaurants, bars and supemarkets, but unfortunately there are not so many others things like sights or culture stuffs. The city is situated in the middle of rice fields, it is nice for running.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

In the city is situated shinkansen and local train station. The local train is good choice for one day trips, favourite destinations are Naruko Onsen, Matshushima bay and Sendai, which is the closest big city. It is also possible to take the train and make some hiking in the mountains.

Employer

Employer

Alps Alpine Co. is an international company based in Tokyo. It produces parts for automotive and electronic devices such a switches, sensors...
In Osaki-city are produced and developed automotive parts.

Work description

I worked in process design department, where I learned about the whole design process from customers requirements to mass production. I had the opportunity to spend some time the assembly area (SMT, Molding, Printing, Final Assembly) and finally I tried to find some possible improvements on one assembly line.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

Salary was 80 000 JPY (around 16 000 CZK). It is enough to survive, but if you want to try local food and travel around then you need to bring more money. Especially if you want to make a bigger trip and use shinkansen, you will need lot of more money.

Language requirements

Just normal "czech" english was enough, because lot of japanese don't speak or don't want to speak english. But the bosses mainly speak english and in the company are also some foreigners. I would recommend to learn some japanese phrases and words, it helps.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

Accomodation was paid and arranged by company, it was a small flat with kitchen, bathroom, washing machine and wifi. It was 5 minutes of walk to the company and to the supermarket.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)

Unfortunately I met IAESTE members only in Tokyo before the internship. They wrote me how to get from the airport to the accomodation and next day they brought me to the Alps Alpine Headquarters.
I saw on the internet, that there were many events in Tokyo, but the shinkansen was too expensive to go there.

Meeting other foreign students

In the company was another IAESTE Czech trainee, we met before the internship in Tokyo. Plus there were many foreign employees (mainly from Czech Republic).

Sport and culture

I was running, cycling and sometimes hiking in the mountains. You can also go to the gym or swimming-pool, but I didn't try. It is not so easy to do some outdoor sport, because during summer was really hot and dark quite early.
There were lot of summer festivals in cities around and also in Osaki City. If you want to visit a typical japanese city with big shopping mall and penny arcades go to Sendai.

Food, local specialties

Japanese food was perfect, if you don't have any other reason why to go to Japan, food is the reason.
Most typical food is ramen, curry, soba, udon, sushi, rice bowls....There are many restaurant where you have to prepare your food on your own. Typical is okonomiyaki and yakiniku.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Free wifi at the apartment, so skype or whatever. I didn't buy a japanese sim-card, free wifi is almost everywhere (stations, convenience stores..).

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Buy a japan rail pass for the summer holidays. It is expensive, but you can use every JR train and bus, so it is worth it.
You can rent a bike in the company for free, but not so many people know about it, so just ask around.
Don't bring any formal clothes, you will get an uniform.

What not to forget with you

Comfortable shoes and clothes for hiking.
Lot of T-shirts, you don't need anything else.

Benefits of the internship

Work experience - learning about processes in automotive, learning about process design.
The main benefit was the opportunity to get to know the japanese culture and lifestyle, travelling around Japan and trying lot of amazing food. I also met lot of interesting people, I hope that I'll see some of them in the future.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

There was no problem, unfortunately I was quite far from Tokyo.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Everything was fine, no problem with communication at all.

Student's website

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Employer's webiste

https://www.alps.com/e/

Other useful links

https://www.japan-guide.com/

Other comments

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Partneři IAESTE Czech Republic

Generální partner
ŠKODA AUTO a.s.
Partneři Plus
Procter & Gamble - Rakona, s.r.o.
ČEZ a.s.
Konplan s.r.o.
Plzeňský Prazdroj, a. s.
Ricardo Prague s.r.o.
VALEO VÝMĚNÍKY TEPLA k.s.
Robert Bosch, spol. s r.o. České Budějovice
ŠKODA  Transportation
Accenture Central Europe B.V., organizační složka
ZF Engineering Plzeň s.r.o.
Partneři Standard
ČEPS, a.s.
ABB s.r.o.
Porsche Engineering Services, s.r.o.
Akka Technologies
Continental Automotive Czech Republic s.r.o.
CGI IT Czech Republic s.r.o.
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