- Atsumi & Sakai
Date of birth: July 16, 1974
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 2 (as of August 2019)
My first encounter was when in May 2013 I came for my engagement. I visited Tokyo and my in-laws place in Kitakyushu. I was comfortable with the place and therefore came back again and again. In later trips, I had a few commercial matters that only added to the pleasure.
My motto or objective is to excel in whatever I do. I am a lawyer engaged in corporate, as well as merger and acquisition, transactions. I try to get the best deal for my clients. Privately, I try to be a good husband and father, shouldering home responsibilities. Publicly, I try to be a good citizen and earn the respect of neighbors in a foreign country.
Rather than being proud, I would say I am happy because of something. As I said earlier, being able to live my motto or objective is what I am happy about. Also, I am happy that I am able to enjoy my stay in Japan and make friends locally.
I have modest goals. I want to explore Hokkaido more and more. I just cannot stop enjoying that place. If possible, I would like to buy my own house in Tokyo and stay. And sometime (depending on parking) I would like to bicycle to my office from my home.
If you want to enjoy Japan you have to learn to adjust to the simple and predictable lifestyle here. Outside, the world is different; Japan is different. Learn a bit of Japanese to be able to communicate locally. Lastly, do enjoy the local cuisine that is one of the best in the world.