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LIFE IN JAPAN
Geoffrey Tudor

Geoffrey TudorOccupation:
P.R. Section Chief JAL
Time in Japan:
23 years




What I would really like to do during my time here is to encourage more people to visit Japan. This is a great place to come to, especially if you are a "thinking" traveler?and by that I mean someone who wants more from a holiday than just a beach and a hotel?it is just a shame that it is not widely known just how much the country has to offer.

I originally came to Japan because I was working for JAL in London as their PR and Advertising Manager, and after five years they sent me to Tokyo to do some work. Ironically, the job was canceled because of the oil crisis, but I had to come anyway as all the paperwork had been done. When I arrived, my then boss told me I' better find something to do, so I carved out a niche for myself dealing with foreign media and overseas offices who have queries to do with news, policy or whatever; and that is basically what I have been doing for the past twenty three years.

I suppose it's quite unusual for a Westerner to be in such a senior position within a Japanese company but, although many businesses employ foreign specialists for advertising or overseas communications, I'm not sure that there are many who are lifetime employees, as I am. I guess they've given me that status simply because I've been here for so long.
The problems I've had in Japan are really only the kind of problems you'd have working for any big organization anywhere. Very occasionally there might be some cultural thing that crops up, but over the years I've learned to handle that. I have to say that I am very lucky. I work with some first-rate people, who give me a free hand to let me get on with my job. Above all, they trust m
e
?which is an awesome thing?so I've got to trust them.

One of the things about living in a place for so long is that often you don't notice things changing, they sort of creep up on you. I first came here in 1970 and the thing I remember most about that visit is that the streets in Akasaka were unpaved. Obviously, since then, the quality of life for the Japanese has improved, certainly in the material sense?although I'm not so sure about the spiritual thing. I mean, these days you can walk into a supermarket and the number and variety of overseas products that you can buy would have been inconceivable twenty five years ago.

There are so many positive things about living in Japan?most things work here, and people who say they're going to do something actually do it?but it is the people who make a place, and I think that is why Japan is so enjoyable. I've still got a few years to go before I retire and my plan is to stay here until I do. My wife is Japanese, my son thinks he's Japanese, so, yes, I am quite happy to carry on living here.

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LIFE IN JAPAN:
199: Diane Morris
Media & Advertising
198: Ross Mihara
NHK Sumo Announcer
196: Corky Alexander
Tokyo Weekender
195: Edward Obaidey
Acupuncturist
194: Merry Angel
Managing Director
193: Alison Pockett
Managing Partner
192: Zack Konno
Car Export Representive
191: Pamela S. Caudill
Assistant U.S. Customs
190: Caroline Power
Being a Broad
189: Geoffrey Tudor
P.R. Section Chief JAL
188: Ryuko Ishikawa M.D.
Family Psychiatrist
187: Georges Hassam
Arabic Dance Instructor
186: Larry London
DJ at InterFM
185: Richard James
Photographer & Writer
184: Alan Kidd
Rock Musician & Editor
183: Adam Hitchens
Mobile Hairdresser/Masseur
182: Lylian de la Vega
Volunteer
181: Annie Chang
Computer Training
180: Mike Jacobs
Writer/Photojournalist
179: Jimmy Angel
Rock'n'Roll Singer
178: Dante
Performer
177: Elizabeth Spencer
Tokyo Classified Intern
175: Paul E. Ainlay
Proprietor of D.B. Cooper's
174: Steve Bindon
Artist
173: Nanae Nagata & Naji Rahman
Proprietors of Heart Cocktail
172: Tom Holiday
Singer/Guitarist
171: Gordon Hutchingson
Copywriter
170: Barry Cardinal
Renshi Aikido Instructor
169: Tammy
Hostess
168: Steve Feldman
Computer Dealer
167: Eve Suter
Flower Designer
166: Paul Goldsmith
Computer/H.R. Consultant
165: Avry Gottesman
Auto Dealer
164: Russell Pollard
Financial Advisor
163: Sa'dia
Belly Dancer
162: Marcel L'Esperance
Choral Director
161: Gregg Alan
Used Motorcycle/Car Dealer
160: Dr. Greg Sapplers OMD
Oriental Medical Doctor
159: Ute Ikuta
Cat Lover
158: Pam Adkins
Shaw College
157: Cloudy Bong Water
Comedian/Performer/Teacher
156: Melissa
Internet Company Director
155: Paul Gibson
Proprietor, The Fiddler Pub
154: Ann Spiers
Psychotherapist
153: Evans M. Asare
Chef
152: Sandy Weiss
Acting Teacher
150: Kike
Dancer

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