Thinking about his parents in Japan (Japanese)

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(Japanese) Well, as I mentioned before, my father is of course getting older and older. Being the eldest son, you know, it’s tradition for us to go home and take care of our parents, or to take over the land and home from my father… Of course, these are things that I can’t completely ignore in my life. Like any normal person, I can’t just turn my back on my ailing parents and just go on living my own life. That thought always follows you around. There was this teacher, Mr. Nakamori, who went back to Japan last year. I completely understand his feelings, and when he left I though I would probably end up following in his footsteps. The thought is always in the corner of my mind. But all in all, for me personally, I feel that going back to Japan would be taking a step backwards—it would be a regression.

Date: 2006
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Interviewer: Takeshi Nishimura, Ricardo Hokama
Contributed by: Centro Nikkei Argentino

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