Name: Michi Kawada
Place of Birth: Japan
Arrival in Australia: 1986
Occupation: IT Specialist, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Michi Kawada had never been overseas before he came to Australia as a working holiday maker in 1986. As many early Japanese working holiday makers did back in the 1980s, Michi spent one year on the Gold Coast, working in the growing tourism sector. After returning to Japan, he found work at a tour company which was headquartered in Melbourne. There he met a Japanese-speaking Australian co-worker and they fell in love, married and moved to Melbourne together. It has been 20 years since then, and today Michi works as an IT specialist at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
, Canberra. In this video interview, he talks about his work experience in the government sector and his decision to take out Australian citizenship, an action that many Japanese permanent residents of Australia tend to stop short off due to the Japanese nationality law
that does not allow a dual citizenship.