To feel uncomfortable in Japan (Spanish)

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(Spanish) I go to Japan, and it is very disciplined. I admire it, but here [in Argentina] it is more subdued. I feel more at home here. Japanese society is very busy. If I do something, because when I was very young, my mother would challenge me instead of saying, “Don’t do that,” she would say, “What is the family going to say, what are the people going to say?” Ever since I was a little boy, therefore, I thought: I have to keep in mind what some other person might think of what I’m doing. And it can’t be [that way]. I am free. I want to do as I want to do, and in Japan that is difficult, very difficult. I have to watch my behavior. Good, that’s o.k. Here no one controls me. For me, Argentina is much better than Japan.

Date: February 23, 2007
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Interviewer: Takeshi Nishimura, Ricardo Hokama
Contributed by: Centro Nikkei Argentino

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