It seems that the 2000+ character Japanese essay I wrote for our introductory submission to the local government to get the ball rolling is double the length of the character limit for the supporting essay for the official application.

T’was too difficult to pare back so I’ve written a new more focussed one from scratch and the draft is sitting at 1070 characters.. Will probably be reduced a little by my wife’s editing but I’m somewhat surprised at how small the essay requirement is.. given the application form itself only asks for basics like d.o.b. and contact details.. the only other required supporting document is a CV.


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