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Life Outside The Confines Of ‘Housewife’: Enriching Aspects Of Overseas Transfer

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This chapter shows how women make the most of their stay in the United Kingdom (UK) by participating in a wide range of activities from hobbies to volunteer activities as a source of enjoyment, self-fulfilment and as a way to make friends who play a vital role in their lives. It also shows how women make Japanese friends, and the importance of doing so as a support network and sense of belonging. In outlining some of the difficulties encountered in making non-Japanese friends, the chapter highlights the obstacles for women to integration. However, a significant group of women take on ambassadorial roles that positively encourage Anglo-Japanese relations, not only through high profile events and activities but also individually at the local level in the neighbourhoods in which they live and the schools their children attend.

Keywords: ambassador; Anglo-Japanese relations; United Kingdom (UK); volunteer activities



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