Travel: Saying Farewell to Australia part 2

Zelinda moved to Japan after a two day transit stop on holiday there
exposed her to the peaceful, respectful, polite, positive and friendly
country that is Japan. “My husband and I moved to Japan as a life
choice, we saw a better life here in Japan, than in Australia.” She
describes the experience as her heart finally feeling at home, and
after nine years of living and working there maintains the hardest
part of moving from Australia was simply missing family, she describes
the move as the next journey within her life rather than a brand new
start. “I think we have a chance of a peaceful, safe and positive
life, a chance at a lifestyle that is so comfortable, a work
environment that is so relaxing and fun. In terms of work and
lifestyle this would be hard to come by in Australia”. Zelinda
explains that Japan has excellent public systems, education and
knowledge are still respected and incredibly important. Family is
considered the pinnacle of society and the medical system or childcare
costs are based on your earnings, rather than a standard amount. The
system is structured to make things easier on families and keep the
essentials, such As medical and education affordable across the
board”. There is no real poverty in Japan, says Zelinda, “of course it
still exists but its very rare to see a homeless person. She says that
tax is much lower in Japan, about 6% per $40,000 whereas it sits
around 30% in Australia. Furthermore Japan is a relatively honest
country and Zelinda explains that being an honest person is revered
here, and taking pride in living honestly. “When we lived in Tokyo we
had gone into McDonalds for lunch and I had left my handbag there. We
went back after an hour, and found it still in the place it had been
sitting.” She goes on to say that they leave their house and car doors
unlocked, keys in the ignition, kids in their area all play together
outside under the watchful eye of the entire community.

The amount of Australians departing home shores suggests there is
something amiss here, less opportunities, less fulfilling lives, but
while we leave new citizens are arriving.

“I was born in Leeds, England and moved to Darwin when my mother was
offered a job that was important to her here, she thought it would
benefit our future.” Cisem explained that she moved here four years
ago and that while it was hard to begin with, she got used to it as
time progressed.
“I live in a rural environment forty minutes from Darwin city. The
houses are far apart, each house has at least five acres of land. The
quiet atmosphere from being far away from the city, the friendly
neighbours and the wildlife makes where I live what it is.”
Cisem lists things like the lower age of beginning work in Australia,
14 and 9 months versus UK’s 16 years, and the younger driving age as
highpoints of Australia and agrees it has provided her with more
opportunities than she would have been afforded in England. “There are
more opportunities to better yourself and make a substantial future
here, the weather is awesome! People here are friendlier, the beaches
are beautiful and there is so much to do here.” Cisem further explains
that Australia has a stronger focus on education and that teachers
care about their students results, and she is happy to live in a
country whose government hasn’t sent them into deep recession. She
says that while she would visit England on holiday, she would never
move back because she has a life here she didn’t see possible in
England. “The working conditions here are so good, it is easy to find
a job and usually the pay is really good. There are no worse parts of
living in Australia.”

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