- 5 Feb 2005
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Hiroko Ihara / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer
A 79-year-old American company operator and well-known figure in the foreign communities of Kobe and Osaka will return to the land of his birth next month after living nearly 59 years in Japan.
Philip Campanella will leave with his wife, Millie, for Redmond, Wash., where his son and daughter live. The governor of Hyogo Prefecture and more than 10 business, friendship and other organizations in which he has participated each held a farewell party for him.
As a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America, Campanella said he followed its principle of helping other people. "I was able to do volunteer work partly because I had my own business and could make time for it. My wife has also been a great help. I'll continue helping people after I'm back in the United States," he said.
Campanella came to Japan in 1945 as a member of the U.S. military forces. After leaving the military in 1949, he began dealing in marine supplies, export and import items and real estate...
Not many foreigners life in Japan this long, and I am wondering :
1. Are there foreigners who stay in until they die?
2. How long can you stay in Japan?
I will move to Japan this summer, and hope to life there for at least the next 6-7 years, and after that we will maybe move to another country or decide to stay in japan for another 10-20 years at least. If I can spend my last days in Japan? I am only 21, so I have no idea how Japan/the world or my life looks like in the upcoming 50+ years.