GOING HOME: Japanese Rotary Exchange student Suguru Asai.
GOING HOME: Japanese Rotary Exchange student Suguru Asai.

Japanese student leaves with a heavy heart

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

lpritchard@dailyexaminer.com.au

JAPANESE Rotary Exchange student Suguru Asai went to bed at halftime of the World Cup clash between his home country and his host nation.

"I couldn't keep awake ? I thought Japan had won," he said.

"In the final minutes ? how did it happen?"

Suguru will fly home to Sapporo, on the North Island Hokkaido, on Tuesday. He said he had not seen one Japanese person since arriving in Grafton.

"I don't care -? I came to study English," he said.

Suguru, or Sugi as he is known at the Clarence Valley Anglican School, said he spoke very little English when he arrived on August 11.

"When I came here I was like 'what are they saying?'," Suguru, 18, said.

"I have made a lot of friends, that is what I will miss."

Suguru stayed with four host families in South Grafton and Grafton and helped teach Japanese at South Grafton High School.

He said Australian schools were lenient.

"We pride older grades, you have to listen to older people," Suguru said. "It doesn't happen here ... everyone is immature, sometimes I find it stressful."



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