When C.I. Desert landed at the Narita International Airport in 2018, he stepped into a new life. Young, educated, and multilingual, he fled home, family and a teaching career in Cameroon, which was rife with civil unrest. The reason for choosing Japan, he says, was simple: “In 2018, if you typed ‘10 safest countries in the world,’ you saw Japan.”

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Joan Bailey is a freelance writer living in Japan where her work focuses on food, farming, and farmers markets. Her articles and essays can be found in The Japan Times, Modern Farmer, Civil Eats, and Permaculture Magazine. She has contributed to several anthologies and her work has been recognized with various awards in Japan and in the US.

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Joan Bailey is a freelance writer living in Japan where her work focuses on food, farming, and farmers markets. Her articles and essays can be found in The Japan Times, Modern Farmer, Civil Eats, and Permaculture Magazine. She has contributed to several anthologies and her work has been recognized with various awards in Japan and in the US.