Osaka and Nagoya: What are your hopes for the year ahead?

by Danny Gong

Student, 21 (Japanese)
The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) deaf community has trouble finding interpreters who know about LGBT issues. I hope to interpret at LGBT events and help spread interest in Japanese sign language.


Memi Takano
Student, 23 (Japanese)
This summer, I’m hoping that I will have the chance to hike to the summit of Mount Fuji and see the sunrise.


Toshikazu Kikuchi
English professor, 54 (Japanese)
I would like visit every U.S. state and observe at least one elementary school in each one, then publish a book about American elementary schools and teach my findings to my students.


Junichiro Yasu
Student, 23 (Japanese)
I am a member of KARS (the Kansai Anti-Racism Students Front). I hope for peace and an end to discrimination around the world.


Freelancing masseuse, 27 (Japanese)
My job caters to a very niche market. Therefore, my salary is inconsistent. This year, I hope my job will have more business and can offer me a stable income.


Student, 20 (Japanese)
I want to learn more about things that I don’t know. For example, doing new things, joining various clubs and activities. I want my mind to be open to new worlds and to broaden my horizons.

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