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Tadashi: My name is Tadashi. This is my family. We left Tokyo, Japan, four years ago to start a new life in Australia. My wife came here as a working holiday-maker and she spent one year in this country and she loves the relaxed, you know, environment and the people are very friendly and people are happy for her to be involved in the, you know, many social activities. And she loves the Australian people, so, you know, she wanted us to come here to experience the same, you know, much cultural life.

Kano is three years old... Kano was three years old and Akari was one year and a half. Kano went to the childcare. But the first couple of weeks, she kept crying and she couldn't, you know, make new friends. You know, she was too little. At the childcare, unfortunately, she couldn't make many friends. But once she go (sic) to kindy, first she had a friend from the Philippines. You know, they look like Asians. They look like Japanese. So they speak English. So she starts being a friend with her first. Then gradually, through her, she made a new friend. And after, you know, going to the primary, you know, she's confident - she's getting confident in speaking English. And, you know, she's involved in a lot of, you know, outside play. And also the ESL classes help her to develop the English abilities.

Australian kids are very, you know, good at looking after, you know, the other kids. They are, you know, small kids, young kids but they are very good at, you a people. So, you know, they look after my kids. You know, they help to understand the teacher's instruction. And they always show how to..., the spelling, correct spelling, or something like that. So first, she was very kindly treated by them. And then she gradually knows, you know, what to do in the school.

In Japan, you know, we have to show the respect to the older people. So when we speak to older people, we have to change the grammar of the wording to show the respect. But in this country, you know, it's very easygoing. "Hi. How are you?" You know? "G'day, mate." You know, something like that. In Japan, you know, people don't push your thought to the other peoples (sic). But in this country, you know, everybody, you know, speaks out and to corroborate the, you know, ideas.

Now I'm studying physiotherapy in uni. And one semester to go. And after graduation, I'm thinking to apply the permanent residency here. And once I get a job, I want to stay here. And probably I want to stay 10 years, 14 years future. And I want to go back to my country after that because, you know, I want to give my kids the options, you know, if they want to go back to Japan. My hope is, you know, for them to have the option and so that they can choose, you know, the Western life or, you know, Oriental, Japanese life.

I want them to be internationalised, OK, which means that they don't care the small differences - you know, like the colour of the hair, the colour of the skin, also the cultural background, you know. People are different but, you know, they don't have to care about these differences. You know, I want them to accept the others' thoughts. I want them to, you know, accept the other cultures. I want them to make a lot of friends. Yeah, that's my hope.
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