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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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