I don't want to end with "unlucky" Students suffering June 3 19:35

"We don't have money. It's bad, but give up going to college." That may be the reason why many young people have no choice but to give up their studies. I know it's not free to go to school. But I don't want to regret without chasing my dreams. Is this a student's selfishness? The new coronavirus has such a serious impact that it can affect the lives of young people who dream.
(Kumamoto station reporter Chuya Sugimoto Ryuta Kimura)

Going to a graduate school aiming for a development job...

"I was barely go troubled much between households and dream, Will it do and so does not immediately give up easily,"

the told me about this is Yuki Ideguchi to attend the National University of Kumamoto Prefecture This is No (22).

Deguchi went on to graduate school this spring with the aim of becoming a development profession for a cosmetics manufacturer.

However, the entrance fee was opposed by parents due to the tuition fee. The cost of a national university is 2.4 million yen for 4 years, and 1.35 million yen for a further 2 years if you go to graduate school. In addition, Mr. Dega from Nagasaki also has living expenses for living alone.

In addition to his father's single assignment, his younger brother entered a private university in Tokyo, so he could not rely on his parents for remittance.

Yukino Deguchi
"You said, "I want you to get a job if you can. It's financially difficult to send you to graduate school."

Still, I didn't want to give up my dream, not only did I receive a scholarship, but I also planned to spend two part-time jobs at a soba store and an izakaya in Kumamoto City to cover my school and living expenses on my own.

A change in the situation with corona

However, the situation changed completely due to the influence of the new coronavirus. The part-time job destination has shortened the time of holidays and business hours, and the income that I had been relying on has been drastically reduced.

During the three months until May, when we expected 100,000 yen a month, we actually earned about 30,000 yen a month. It is said that Mr. Deguchi was worried about the payment of tuition fees in the latter half of the term and thought of quitting graduate school.

According to a questionnaire collected by 1,200 students including university students nationwide in April by a student organization "Free Education for Higher Education Project" this April, "the income of part-time jobs has decreased" or "there is no income due to the spread of virus infection". About 70% answered. In addition, 20.5%, one in five students are actually considering leaving school, and some have already decided to leave.

Support system...

"It's pretty hard to not even apply,"

Mr. Deguchi searched the websites of universities and administration, daily news, and looked for a system that would allow him to receive even a little support.

In the latter half of May, the government decided to provide 100,000 yen to students who had a decrease in part-time job income after January due to the suspension of work, and 200,000 yen to students in households with low income and tax exempt from residence tax. Kumamoto Prefecture has also announced its own support plan to provide 50,000 yen.

However, since Mr. Deguchi's house is not a household exempt from residence tax, it is not subject to the national and prefectural systems, and we cannot expect to apply.

Also, since he was busy with graduation research and graduate examinations in January just before entering graduate school, and he had temporarily reduced his part-time job, he may not be eligible for the national 100,000 yen benefit.

Currently, I am able to keep up with my small income and scholarship, and the remittance from my family who managed to work, but I can continue to pay the school expenses until I graduate, or even if I graduate, about 3.6 million yen borrowed as a scholarship He says he is only worried about whether he will be able to return his debt.

Yukino Deguchi
“I hope to help as many people as possible... I wish it would be great if I could concentrate on my studies without any anxiety, just because I wanted to do my best toward my dream.”

My dream of becoming a hairdresser in Tokyo...

I hear a heartbreaking voice from my job hunters.

“I'm really out of plan. I'm full of jobs, not just job hunting,”

says Momoko Uenishi (20), who lives in Kumamoto. I am a second year student who attends a vocational school aiming to be a hairdresser, and is currently in the middle of job hunting before graduating in March next year.

Mr. Kaminishi, who wants to hone his skills as a hairdresser in Tokyo, the cutting edge of fashion and hair and make-up, started full-scale job hunting from the beginning of the new year. It costs 50,000 yen for accommodation and transportation, etc., but I visited Tokyo every month and visited more than 20 beauty salons. Since each store has a different technology and education system, it is often the case that each person visits each shop and talks with the person in charge individually.

However, when an emergency was announced in April, people could not move across the prefectural border, and job hunting in Tokyo virtually stopped. As a side effect, due to the closure of the izakaya at the part-time job and the shortening of business hours, the part-time job income of at least 100,000 yen per month was reduced to less than half. Mr. Uenishi showed me a bankbook for living expenses, so that I could know about this urgent situation.

The balance is about 170,000 yen. In the next few days, there will be about 70,000 yen deducted from here, including rent, utility bills, and mobile charges, and he will not be able to afford the cost of job hunting.

According to a survey by a private research company "Disco", the average cost for students to find a job last year was about 114,000 yen in "Kanto", while it was about 173,000 yen in "Kyushu/Okinawa". The disparities between rural and urban students are highlighted.

“I'm doing everything I've ever done to this job hunting.” The

ambition was stronger than anyone else, and the reason why he was particular about Tokyo was Mr. Kaminishi's difficult home environment. My parents divorced when I was in elementary school. Although my life was tough, I hired a scholarship to pay for high school tuition. I have already repayed my part-time job income and am now earning a living alone.

"I want to hone my skills in Tokyo and make a living as a full-fledged beautician, and one day I want to open my own shop." With

that in mind, I worked hard in my studies and always kept high grades. It is said that job hunting was a life opportunity that had finally come to my attention.

In late May, a vocational school that had been closed for two and a half months was reopened. While embracing the joy of studying, the summer vacation has been shortened to make up for the delay of 2,000 hours required to obtain the national qualification of a hairdresser. I had no choice but to quit my part-time job, which I had done on a temporary basis while the school was closed, and my schedule went awry. Prospect to accumulate the funds of job hunting is not stand, do not hide their embarrassment.

The beauty industry has become a "narrow gate" under the influence of corona

According to the personnel manager of a major beauty chain that operates beauty salons nationwide based in Tokyo, while there are many local students who want to start work in the center of the trend, Tokyo, job hunting knows the atmosphere of the store, It is common for people to come to the store and give explanations and interviews.

Although there is a growing trend among companies to introduce "online interviews," the beauty salon industry continues to fumble.

In addition, there are cases in which the number of employed hairdressers has decreased compared to the average year and it has become a "narrow gate" due to the effects of consecutive store closures.

I still have to do my best

“I should have had no worries and I should have been able to find a job properly, but when I think I can't go to Tokyo, I have a terrible impatience...”

Still, Mr. Uenishi inspires himself, “I have to do my best”. In my notebook that I always carry around for job hunting, it was written with a strong touch.

I asked him what he thought he was " I want to change my mind and work hard" .

Momoko Uenishi
“I thought I couldn't go on to school because I couldn't even go to high school, but I finally set my dream starting line. I didn't want to lose even though I could see my dream. I don't want to go back.''

In order not to end it as "unlucky"

This time when I started to investigate the impact of the new coronavirus on students, what I gradually saw is the suffering of young people who continue to learn at the last minute while face-to-face with school expenses and living expenses and official support It was a reality that was beyond reach.

Looking at the latest data from the Japan Student Services Organization (2016), now is the time when one in two university students must rely on scholarships. I strongly felt that it is necessary to take measures not only to expand the support system but also to prevent the students from giving up learning in order not to end the situation of the students simply as unlucky.