The reason for choosing Japan to conduct research
There were two main reasons. First, just before commencement of my fellowship the Japanese space agency launched a satellite that was observing the type of data I am interested in. Second, Tokyo was one of the few places where my spouse could also found a post-doc position.
Due to the high quality of the analysed data, I was able to publish three papers as a first author and there are other papers in press where I am a second author. The results were also presented at international meetings in Europe and USA. I established a lot of useful contacts amongst Japanese researchers and I hope to continue to collaborate with them in the future.
Advice to new fellows
Do not forget to live in Japan. It is a unique opportunity to explore this beautiful country. Try to experience the completely different Japanese culture. I recommend you travel a lot and visit as many natural sights and historical places as possible.