O is for One in a Million expat partner in the a to z of expat life on a map of Japan and Okinawa

The One in a Million Expat Partner

It takes a special person to follow their partner to the armpit, ars*ehole or ends of the earth. A very special person indeed. One in a million in fact.

A Certified One in A Million Expat

One of my favourite expat quotes ever, in fact my actual favourite quote, was coined by a certified One in A Million Expat.

It happened when a British couple moved to the small island of Okinawa, Japan. They were serial expats and already accustomed to the challenges of global nomadery.

At the time (aside from a formidable US presence on military airbases, which was a self contained community with their own on-base shops and cinemas and social life), the sum total of the expat population was around 10 people and most of them had Japanese spouses and were there on a fairly permanent basis.

It’s almost certain that the British couple were the only non-military expat couple on the island. ¬†Okinawa’s population at the time was around the 1 million mark and thus quipped the wife to the husband whose job had taken them to this tiny isolated dot in the Pacific Ocean:

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