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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Hokkaido: What's your wish for the world in 2012?


By CHRIS CHAN

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Moral Kaman, 47
Company employee (Bangladeshi)
The economy is bad everywhere, so I'd like to see that rebuilt — and for everyone to be living more peacefully and getting along.

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Jill Fleming, 63
Retired public servant (Australian)
No more disasters would be a great start. Last year seemed to be the year of the natural disaster, so I'd like to move past all that.

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Maiko Otani, 30
Sales assistant (Japanese)
I'm just hoping for a good year where we can put the past 12 months behind us.

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Jeffrey Barry, 60+
English teacher (American)
Tranquility, stability, recovery. The U.S. has brought most of their troubles on themselves, so they really need to look at that as well.

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Teruko Kozu, 32
Executive assistant (Japanese)
Love and peace. And smiles! If everyone is smiling then everything will be good!

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Ray Wills, 33
Retailer (Australian)
A better year than 2011! To simply put things back together again — and a little more calmness than last year would be good.

Interviews were conducted in Sapporo and Kutchan. Interested in gathering views in your neighborhood? Email community@japantimes.co.jp


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