Member Spotlight

Finding the Inner Entrepreneur in Japan

June 3, 2019
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This article is a part of the photo essay series Women of FEW, introducing FEW Members to one another and beyond. For more personal stories from expat women, click here. by Tanja Kinnen Before moving to Japan with my husband, I was working as a marketing manager in Luxembourg, my home country. I probably would…

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The Struggles of an Accidental Housewife

April 1, 2019
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This article is a part of the photo essay series Women of FEW, introducing FEW Members to one another and beyond. For more personal stories from expat women, click here. by Liz Noh When people ask me what I do, I say, “Not much. Actually, I’m a former journalist, turned accidental housewife”. I’m embarrassed about…

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How I got Here: Kirsten O’Connor

August 27, 2018
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I decided at age 7, quite resolutely that I wanted to be a teacher. All my decisions thereafter created the path to a teaching qualification, a first teaching post in London, a promotion and then the biggest decision of all – to apply for a teaching job overseas. In Japan no less. Accepting a job…

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How I got here : Alexandra Morrow

July 3, 2018
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Growing up with itchy feet in a tiny village in eastern Germany I always hoped I will travel the world and live in lots of different places. My international journey started when I decided to move to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 23 to learn English. Fast forward 20 years and I have added…

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How I Got Here: Armanda Smit

June 5, 2018
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When I was younger and had to choose a university, all I knew was that I had to learn ‘something international.’ So, I went to an Institute for International Studies, learned about doing business across different cultures, and lived in France and Cuba. Afterwards, I worked in several international companies and became a Sustainability Consultant.…

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How I Got Here: Mari Kiyota

April 4, 2018

I came to Tokyo in 2016, after university graduation and working as an immigration assistant in the Washington, D.C. area of the U.S. I initially planned to stay for a year, study some Japanese and travel – I never imagined I’d fall in love with my life here so much. I knew early on that…

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How I Got Here: Johanna Nousiainen

February 28, 2018
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I first came to Japan as a study abroad exchange student. That year changed my life, even though at first I didn’t know it would. I was supposed to become a journalist in Finland, since that was what I loved to do – looking for information, interviewing people, writing articles about unique encounters you have.…

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How I Got Here: Jodi Harris

January 31, 2018
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Despite growing up in a small town in Texas, I always knew I would live overseas. I was the kid staring at maps, spinning globes and looking out at the field behind my house wondering what would happen if I just started walking into the horizon. My husband and I first lived in Japan during…

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How I Got Here: Victoria Close

January 1, 2018
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Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I respond to the question, “So, how long have you lived in Japan?” Twenty years sounds like a long time. A VERY long time. But actually it feels like the blink of an eye, even though in those two decades I got married, gave birth to two children,…

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How I Got Here: Alicia Narusé

November 30, 2017
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After leaving my home town of Taipei, Taiwan, to study aboard in the United States at age 10, I received an American education from middle school all the way to university. Since I was a child, I was talented in sketching and painting. I didn’t know then I would use my art skills to make…

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