U.S.A. MILITARY VETERANS internship in Japan


Love Tokyo?

Love cars?

Honorably discharged?


(…and the VA may even fund it, entirely….)

Introducing the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation Charitable Trust (TGECCT) automotive technology internship program (ATIP), which is:

– a non-profit, public-service corporation

– approved by the Japan Ministry of Justice

– registered with the United States of America’s Defense Logistics Agency

– registered with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

– registered with Dunn and Bradstreet

and benefits orphans on the outskirts of the U.S.A.’s largest forward air base.

What’s the first question on your mind?  (Cost, of course.)

The usual costs (housing, travel, et cetera) are discussed, here, and paid by internship participants, directly.  (Means TGECCT does not handle such funds.)

Tuition is paid to your university (which keeps it), depending on the number of semester hours your university requires.  (Usually full-time enrollment.)

Lab fees, which roughly equal the same as you and some friends renting a shop, hiring a shop manager, and splitting the bill.  Lab fees include used car parts.

Donations are welcome, preferably 25% of internship market price to TGECCT, and 25% of internship market price to the orphanage, directly.

We also ask a ¥5000 donation, to the orphanage, directly, as an application fee.  TGECCT receives none of this money, and this requirement exists only to discourage semi-decided applications.  (If you’re serious enough to go to a bank and wire cash–which banks do not make easy–then, we’re sure you’re serious about applying.  Five-thousand yen is about fifty bucks; however, depending on how much your bank doesn’t like you, transfer fees may be half as much or more, for which we apologize.)

What’s the next question on your mind?  (SoFA status, immigration)

SoFA status is tricky.  The answer to most SoFA questions is “No.”  Unless you’re a spouse of active duty and UMUC Asia (for example) is your sponsor, you’d need to apply through TGECCT, from outside Japan, for a Japan internship visa, which we are more than pleased to accommodate.  Warning: Visa procedures take months; so, start the forms immediately.

Of course, were you to have Japan residency, such as through marriage, this makes everything a lot easier, including driving our works of art.

Next question.  (Can we get you a job?)

Doing this?  No.  And, depending on the type of job you prefer (such as one providing SoFA status), you probably can’t apply from within Japan, anyway.  But we do designate every Wednesday for assisting internship participants with employment and university applications.  (Every internship participant is transitional, anyway, and the best we can do to keep them off their phones while in the automotive lab is to tell them to “save it for Wednesday.”)

Next question.  (How to get the VA to pay?)

Yes…ain’t that the question?  It’s probably easier to lick a postage stamp that’s face down on a floor, while doing a back flip, in a completely dark room, than it is to get the VA to pay for anything, ever.  (At that, F-18 pilots have done more difficult things, so…)

The answer somewhat depends on whether you have a service-connected disability rating, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, because the VA can and does deny education-program applications and tell veterans that they are too disabled to participate in vocational programs.

Probably, the best answer is that everyone’s case is unique, and if you were to be a military veteran and want the VA to fund an internship, you should probably send us an introductory e-mail that contains the following minimum data:

Number of years since discharge

Characterization of discharge

VA claims filed

VA claims granted

VA claims denied

VA education benefits already used

VA regional office name

Military vocation(s)

University education history

Oh, and THAT question.  (Whether or not you get the keys to what you create.)

After it’s finished, and, were you to be the highest bidder at the charity auction, of course.  (Seriously.)  There is a research-and-development phase, during which, of course, there would need to be time on a closed racetrack.  But whether or not street testing (which would mostly be stop and go) would be allowable would depend entirely on licensure.  (Rules may be different, on a closed track.)  Also depends on other factors, such as date of auction, versus date of completion, and date of departure from the local area, where applicable.  On one hand, we would regard it as cruel not to be afforded an opportunity to operate a creation in an appropriate setting; on the other hand, you won’t be handed the keys and told to have it back before the end of the next week.

Again, seriously, if you like Tokyo, and if you like cars, and if your creation is worth maintaining, bid on your project.  The winning bids are nowhere near new prices; so, were you to want to find it a good home, versus treat it like a rental car, make it yours, the right way.  And you’re welcome to repeat the process–indeed, this would be a good way for someone to build a collection of authentic supercars, not replicas or kit cars.

We resurrect cars that died prematurely, cars that should never die.  Come, practice reconstructive surgery in our operating room.

…and, yeah, let’s make the VA pay for “medical school,” while you’re at it….


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