Tokyo - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Huge! I think overall morale was good. For corporate expats it's a great gig (because of the high salaries). I think it can be a bit more challenging for diplomats and much, much more challenging for expats on local contracts. - Nov 2020

Embassy morale is low - I've never seen so many people so happy to leave a post at the end of a tour. - Mar 2019

Enormous and varied. Generally people are happy here. If they are not as happy as they hoped, it may have been due to arriving with romantic notions of Tokyo and Japan that didn't hold up. - Mar 2018

Very large. Morale at post is hard to judge. It's a very segmented embassy. People don't really talk to each other-- it's very strange. Perhaps the high number of officers with Japanese partners has something to do with this- they have their own "life" in Japan and do not mix with others so much. The compound seems quiet and empty. - Mar 2017

Huge expat community. Most people are very happy in Japan. - Feb 2014

Huge. - Apr 2013

big - Jan 2011

Large. The embassy community is big, and then there are all of the foreigners working in the private sector, international students, etc. You will need to seek them out, though. Tokyo's a big city, so you have to make the effort to go out and meet people. - Oct 2008

Very large! - Jan 2008

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