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Coffee Hour: As A Human, Not As A Foreigner

Author:Author unknown, Issue: February 2001, Topic: Coffee Hour

Ms. Mirela Pop studied Japanese Language at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 1993. She graduated from the University of Tsukuba with a BA in Economics in 1998 and also with an MBA in Management Sciences in 2000. After working at the head office of NOVA Ltd. in Osaka, she opened Shire Language School in Konda, Tsukuba in October 2000.

If you just read her promising profile, you might think she is hard to approach, but in person she's a charming, kind, humble, and a "more Japanese than Japanese people" person.

For eight years of her life in Tsukuba, Ms. Pop has been conscious of living here as a human, not as a foreigner. "My life is not different from any other Japanese person's life. If something happens, it has effects on my life as well as theirs," she says. She had to leave Tsukuba at one point for the position at NOVA and for the first time experienced homesickness.

"No matter what ethnicity they may have, people are the same. No matter what religion or customs they may practice, people feel the same inside," says Ms. Pop. In breaking down the invisible walls such as prejudice or discrimination, she will become a pioneer.

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