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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How did you end up in Japan?


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Paul Tronsgard
Teacher, 26
My coming and living here was basically an accident. I was living in Hong Kong and thinking about moving on. I was debating where to go to next and my friends said, "Come to Tokyo" so I did and I've been here almost a year now.

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Shannon Devine
Teacher, 26
I'm from Montreal and I wanted to do something different. I'd already lived in Paris for 6 months and I like big cities. Also, I was really interested in the homeless situation here -- people living in communities, not on the street as much.

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Francis Michel
Engineer, 29
I came as a student and did an exchange 6 years ago for 1 year. I returned four years ago. The food was one thing that made me come back for sure -- sushi, yaki niku, nabe in the winter. I love the country and to relax in onsen.

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Charles Pflanz
Sportswear, 32
My father was stationed here in the 1970s for the Canadian Embassy, so that was my first time, from when I was 4-7. I was 20 when I came back with the JET program when it was just starting. Japan is a good way to escape Ottowa winters.

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Robin Wedd
Physicist, 28
I came to Japan to do research. I research fundamental particle physics, so I'm essentially a data monkey. My work involves looking at and studying rare particle decay to investigate particles for the Big Bang theory.

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Elaine Miles
Teacher, 23
To get perspective on life and figure out what I want to do with the rest of it -- study or work. I've drawn the conclusion that English teaching is not the job for me and I want to further my studies in physics or art conservation.



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