Vacationing Debito.org for the summer, my next JT column Aug 2 on “why it’s difficult to make long-term J friends as a NJ resident”

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Hi Blog. It’s that time of the year again (perfect Hokkaido summer!), and it’ll soon be time for me to jump on the bike and do the rounds.  I’ll be vacationing the blog for a little while (meaning comments will take some time to be approved; please be patient).  I will be back from time to time, with JT articles and podcasts, but barring natural disasters like last March’s we won’t be updating daily.  It’s just too nice outside and life’s too short.

Let me just mention that my next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column will be a fat one (1400 words) on something we discussed here on Debito.org some weeks ago — why so many NJ long-termers seem to find it hard to find long term Japanese friends (particularly male ones).  That will be out Tuesday August 2, so enjoy!  Arudou Debito

4 comments on “Vacationing Debito.org for the summer, my next JT column Aug 2 on “why it’s difficult to make long-term J friends as a NJ resident”

  • Had to laugh when I read this article. Was talking to my father this evening about a similar topic, why so many Georgia (US) long-termers seem to find it hard to find long term Georgia friends (particularly male ones).

    I remember the post that this idea originated with, and I still think it is part of the human condition. Timothy Leary’s battle cry, “Find the others,” resonates with me, because it is so difficult to do no matter where I am.

  • I was going to call you a lazy gaijin with your summer holidays.

    But then I realized you are Japanese and an academic. It’s alright for some!

  • Notdelusional says:

    When you get a chance, would you comment on this article?
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/sorry-superman-ditching-us-citizenship-laden-with-steep-costs-and-pitfalls/article2112388/

    It seems that there is a huge expense involved with ditching US citizenship. As you are the only person I know who actually did this, I am very interested to know how you got around it.

    — At the time (more than a decade ago), I just didn’t have a high enough income to qualify for the exit tax.

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