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Views from Tokyo: Would you like to retire in Japan?

by Mark Buckton

Travis Gasaway
Teacher, 28 (American)
I don’t think I would want to retire in Tokyo. When I retire, I want to own a home with a lot of space, so I think other cities, like Hiroshima or Sapporo, would be nicer to live in at that time.

Takuichiro Omi
Novelist, 50 (Japanese)
The work environment is not so sophisticated and there is a lot of unpaid overtime for managers here, but I’d like not to spend much more time working. I want to retire here because we can enjoy lots of food from around the world and life is comfortable.

Elliot Clark
Children’s entertainer, 26 (English)
It depends on my circumstances, but I wouldn’t have a problem retiring in Japan. If nothing leads me to move countries in the meantime, I’d be happy to spend the rest of my life in Japan, but probably in a smaller city.

Kayin
Instructor, 47 (Canadian)
I really have no idea. I’m so indecisive. I know what I’m doing for the next two weeks, but in the long term my future is undecided. As for a time frame, several years down the line I still don’t really want to be sure. I welcome surprises.

Junya Seki
Lab director, 41 (Japanese)
No. I lived in Goa in India and in Sydney, Australia, when I was in kindergarten and elementary school, so after retiring I would like to return to Sydney, and spend my retirement in Australia. The lifestyle is slower than Japan and I like the environment.

Yukino Sakurai
Lecturer, 45 (Japanese)
Probably not, as I don’t feel I fit in here. From the age of 14 I’ve been in and out of Japan so much that I have now spent over half my life abroad. I’m not sure if I might change my mind when I am 70, but this is the sort of question I have avoided asking myself.

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