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The Johnstons in Japan

Ian and Carole surprised Ikumi Nakagaichi – 2006-7 Rotary Exchange Student to Kiama with a quick visit to Osaka, Japan in mid-June. (we called 48 hours ahead to ensure she was available!)

Ikumi spent a year in Kiama when she was 16 years old and stayed with Noel & Rosie Edgell, Vince & Julia Sergi and Carole & Ian. Now 28 years old, Ikumi lives by herself in Osaka and has a lovely modern apartment. 

Ikumi completed university five years ago in Kobe and began her career with Takanaka Construction in Osaka. Takanaka is one of the Japan’s largest and most prestigious construction businesses and has built some of the most significant buildings in the country such as the Tokyo Tower, major resorts, hotels and stadiums.

Ikumi started her career in Takanaka’s head office in Osaka.  She has recently changed locations and is onsite with about 30 colleagues at the construction site of the new       W Hotel Takanaka is building – they have just broke ground.  Although the work hours are long – Ikumi starts at 8.00 am and works through to 8.00 or 9.00 pm most days from Monday – Friday and on the occasional Saturday.  She works in the admin and finance section and greatly enjoys her work.

Ikumi sends her regards to all Kiama Rotarians (especially her host parents) and thanks the club for sponsoring her time in Australia.