Please give a short introduction of yourself.

My name is Kaushalendra K. Khadanga. I belong to Bhubaneswar city of Odisha state. I am an Indian Railways Services of Mechanical Engineering (IRSME) officer and was posted as Divisional Mechanical Engineer (DME) in Vizag city of Andhra state before coming to Japan. My hobbies include travelling and watching movies. I love playing tennis, shuttle and cricket.

What is your favorite thing about Kitakyushu City?

The most favorite thing about Kitakyushu is its calm and serene environment. It’s not much of a crowded city. People are very helpful. The city is very clean and neat everywhere. It has an organized and systematic collection of garbage that is very unique.


           In what way has your impression of Kitakyushu or Japan changed since coming here?

           After coming here, I went to big cities like Tokyo and Osaka. The density of people and the crowdness of cities are just mind-blowing.

           But still the city administration has done their best to keep the city clean, neat and tidy with an excellent waste disposal system.

           People are somewhat obsessed with cleanliness. It has become a habit to keep the nature and surroundings clean. Impression of

           Kitakyushu or Japan has not changed much.


What attracted you to choose Waseda University as a place to study?

Waseda University is a global university with a world ranking within top 200. It has many distinguished alumnus which includes many former prime ministers of Japan. Moreover, Waseda University in Kitakyushu is a blessing in disguise for research as the university is located in the Kitakyushu Science and Research Park which houses two more schools.



In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

I did not have to adapt much as I am a great admirer of Japanese culture. I believe in dedication and hard work which is the core of Japanese work culture. Punctuality, cleanliness, professionalism and being helpful are some of the qualities that have been ingrained in me since childhood. After coming to Japan, these qualities were reflected in majority of the population here. So I did not have much of a problem in adapting here.

Please give a message to students or researchers in your home country who may be thinking about studying in Japan?

I would say to set your goals early.  Learn Japanese.