A long-term foreign resident going through the motions in Chiba Prefecture still has no idea about the meaning of “せきにん”.

5-years-a-gaijin Tony Smith has come across the word せきにん and can even say it in English, but hasn’t really integrated it into his vernacular.

“I regularly ask my J-girlfriend to check my mail,” says Smith.

“If she’s not available or there’s no one else to ask, I’ll just ask some rando J-person if they think it’s important or not.”

The 26-year-old Assistant Language Teacher needs much more assistance than he provides.

“If there’s some kid that asks for special help or is in some sort of trouble, I’ll just call for a real teacher.”

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