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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What would you miss most about your homeland if you lived abroad?


By JULIAN PETERS

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Sachiko Yamada
Writer, 33 (Japanese)
I was in the USA from 1997 to 2003, and one thing I missed was the service. In Japan the customer is always right, but in the States the shop staff often take the higher ground with their customers.

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Shintaro Yanase
Employee, 30 (Japanese)
I would definitely miss Japanese food. If I had to make it through every day without eating Japanese food, I think I would find it very stressful. Food for me is a home comfort.

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Emi Chiba
Dental nurse, 30 (Japanese)
I would really miss my friends and family. I could cope with living abroad much more easily if I had people I could be myself with and share things. Friends give us this strength, so I would need to find some.

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Nitzan Kon
CEO (Israeli)
I miss Israeli cuisine, especially shawarma and hummus. I would also miss the beaches — beautiful white sand and clean water. The oceans in Israel are perfect. The sea is not too rough, but not flat either.

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Diane
Intellectual Property Council, 26 (French)
I would miss spontaneity. Although what appealed to me about Japan when I came here was a more functional, convenient and regulated society, I now find myself sometimes missing the opposite of this.

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Yukiko Takemi
Student, 19 (Japanese)
I would miss my family, of course. However, I would also miss the Japanese language. It's very rare to find people in other countries who speak Japanese, so I wouldn't have the chance to speak it.

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