“My mom passed away when I was 10. She was diagnosed with breast cancer right before we all moved to Australia because of dad’s business. We were supposed to stay there only for four years, but she wanted to come back to Japan for treatment before that. Me and my siblings remained and I begged her to stay. Her treatment didn’t go well and she died two years later. That was very difficult. We barely saw our father during that period. He was always away on business. Social workers would knock on our door to check if we were under proper supervision. I think our school told them no one was looking after us. So we got one of dad’s business partners to watch over us from time to time and even had our grandma in Japan to testify that she’s taking care of us. Otherwise it was either put us under foster care or bring us back to Japan. Good thing my brother got old enough to be our guardian. That’s how I ended up living in Australia for 15 years. I even went to university there. Now I’m back in Japan to see if I can fit in the work culture here.

“I’m also involved in some charity work. I guess since I received a lot of help and support from the community while I was growing up in Australia, I want to give back. I did a lot of volunteer work during university, like teaching English to refugees from Africa. Right now I’m trying to raise funds to help support the livelihood of people in Tanzania. As someone with experience in HR, my goal is to assist young people develop their careers or find work. There’s a lot of young women and single mothers who need training so they can work and earn a living.”

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