Q&A Sessions Vol. 3 – A Foreigner’s Perspective on Japan


TJ and I have known each other for more than 3 years now, after first meeting each other on a night out on the town (in Tokyo). We soon gelled over things like Australia. We also share common topics like living in Japan as a foreigner and even politics among other things (did someone say alcohol?).

When I approached TJ about interviewing him on FAQ, he was more than happy to lend his views and advice. Especially for the benefit of others travelling, studying or living here.

Being born in Japan and now a local of Sumida Prefecture in Tokyo, TJ has a truly unique perspective about Japan. He can also compare his life here to living abroad. For example, he spent most of his elementary school days in Tokyo, but after that lived abroad in places like Thailand and Canada. He also finished the rest of his secondary and tertiary education in Australia. Following that, he was conscripted into the South Korean military for several years as an interpreter.

Watch the video above to gain some valuable insight from TJ’s experience both locally and overseas.

In addition, you may be interested in our second interview of the series with John, or our first interview of the series with Simon.


  1. It was really fascinating to listen to his perspectives on Japan. As he said on the video, there are some obstacles to live in Japan for people coming from other countries. I want to help them if they need it 😄 Thank you for introducing interesting article and video! I’m looking forward to the next one 😃


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