Gustav van der Meulen

“Would you consider living in Japan permanently?”

Please share your answer to Gustav’s question in the comment area below.

About Gustav:

Born inthe Netherlands
Lived inthe Netherlands
Visited Japan5 x
Lived in Japan-
Speaks Japanese⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪
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  • Facebook User says:

    Definitely. I’m in the US now, and have been for many years, but it’s been going in a bad direction, so I’d be more than happy to live out my life back in the motherland. I’ve not been back since 1964.

  • Ken says:

    Certainly possible. There is nowhere like Japan. If I went back, I wouldn’t and couldn’t live in Tokyo anymore though.

  • Facebook User says:

    I lived there for a bit, and no. I felt too constrained. it’s so lovely to visit though.

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    If my life circumstances were different, possibly. Although, the amount of natural disasters freaks me out.

  • Facebook User says:

    I’ve never lived there, nor can i speak Japanese but I’d certainly consider living there

  • Facebook User says:

    I could … but I doubt my husband would

  • Facebook User says:

    actually …. Back in 2005 I almost left my life in Greece to live in tokyo! I wanted so much to try and live there with my obaachan and my Japanese family and all my hafu friends (back them there was a very dynamic hafu group in Tokyo) but at the last moment I decided to stay in Greece since my job was allowing me to travel to Japan often.. But now I regret not moving…

  • JBSario says:

    I lived in Japan and spoke Japanese fluently the first 9 years of my life. When I was young, my dream was to work in Japan as soon as I finished university. Later, I decided against doing it because I was married by then and decided the move would be too hard on my husband. Even later, I realized that the dream was based on some kind of revenge, to prove that I am a worthy person in spite of being a Haafu. I am much older now, happily living in Ecuador and have no need to prove anything to anybody. I want to write a play about my Japanese mom’s life was like immediately after WWII so I’ll be going back to Japan to do some research someday. I can’t imagine wanting to live there but I’m open to changing my mind once I stay there for a few weeks.

  • Facebook User says:

    Lived there 20 years. Would gladly go back there to live permanently but not sure I want to retire there….maybe in the outback where it’s much cheaper! 🙂

  • Nope, I love California(;*. I would however, like to visit(;*

  • Star says:

    I am currently working in Japan, but I can’t see myself working here permanently because I can’t see myself conforming to the ridiculous work culture.

  • fri says:

    I spent my first 14 years in Japan, then 17 abroad, and have been back for 8. I see myself continuing to work here, but will most likely leave when I’m ready to retire. Maybe because I don’t feel like I have a real “home” here.

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