Architect, 26 (Indian)
Without any doubt it’s the language. Indians can easily learn Japanese with a little effort. But for those people who come here not knowing Japanese it’s a daily struggle.
Suraj Thapa (Indian)
Restaurant owner, 34
The Indian community in Japan is successful, from restaurants to software and IT, so they can be very proud. Here there are more opportunities than problems.
Consultant, 27 (Kerala)
The difficulties involved in overcoming social stigma and proscriptions on food and drink can hold Indians back from socializing and being part of Japanese society.
Teacher, 25 (Australian)
I think the biggest challenge facing those of Indian heritage is the hyper-scrutiny we receive from police and security forces on the street, in airports, pubs and onsen.
Chef, 40 (Indian)
We have challenges finding work and dealing with the language problem, but for me, as a chef in an Indian restaurant, the language problem is not so big.
ALT, 28 (Canadian)
The main challenge has been trying to reconcile my heritage. Here, where I’m defined by my otherness, I’m forced to ask: Which is the defining other — the Canadian or the Indian?