JAPAN – A MAN who spent his childhood at the beach with his father and uncle has gone back to his homeland for his first backpacker passport.
The 35-year-old, who has not been identified, was a part-time teacher at a Tokyo high school for four years before becoming an international tourist in the last few years.
He and his wife, who are both studying abroad, said their plan was to spend the rest of their lives in Japan.
They said they had no plans to return to Australia after they have settled in Japan and that their goal was to get a passport and travel to Europe.
“My goal was always to go back to Japan, but I didn’t know where I would be, so I thought I should go back home,” he said.
“We are a very special family.
We have two children, and we are planning to stay together for the rest to be together.”
The couple have lived in Japan for eight years, and their children were born there.
They have a son and daughter who were born in Australia, and he said he would like to take them on their first trip to Europe in 2021.
“It’s not something we can really do right now.
We can’t go there yet,” he told reporters.”
But we want to go to Europe as soon as possible.”
The backpacker visa was a long-standing policy in Japan, and is a popular one for travellers.
The policy was introduced in 2003 and it allows a person to enter Japan with a passport from anywhere in the world.
But in 2016, the government stopped accepting backpackers’ passports for two years.
The government said the policy was necessary to protect the country’s safety.
But Mr Nakano said the decision to stop accepting the passports made it more difficult to get one.
“The Japanese government has taken a long time to accept backpackers passports, so the issue of how to get them back has been very difficult,” he explained.
“So now, it is very difficult to obtain passports.”
I can’t even buy a backpack in Japan now, so we have to go there, find a person who has a backpack, and get it to Japan.
“Mr Nakano has lived in the Japanese city of Kagoshima for more than a decade and he is a registered backpacker, so he does not have to pay the $800 fee to get an Australian passport.
He has been travelling around Japan and has visited several countries including Australia, China, and the United States.”
Japan is very special,” he added.”
There are people who have stayed in Japan without paying a single cent.
“I don’t have to worry about paying taxes and paying taxes to get my passport back.
Japan is the only place where it is free to live.”