guarantor or contact person is often required when submitting an
application for admission to a higher educational institution such
as a Japanese-language institute, specialized training college,
university, etc. The reasons are various, such as to provide a financial
guarantee for the student's academic expenses or to overcome obstacles
concerning any legal procedures on the status of residence after
As for the documents to be submitted, while some schools
require only a letter of guarantee and written pledge, others ask
for the guarantor's residence certificate and certificate of employment.
A recent trend, however, sees an increasing number of schools only
asking for a contact person rather than a guarantor or, as for Japanese
students, only asking for a guarantor at the time of admission.
Inquire directly to the school you wish to apply to for details.
A guarantor is required when seeking accommodation and
part-time work. A guarantor not only provides a financial guarantee
but is morally responsible. Therefore, the student should build
a reliable relationship and take care not to get his or her guarantor