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Adventures world in a Small C omedian Steven Wright once mused, "It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to have to paint it." In this short sentence, Wright man- ages to account for the enormity of the planet while simultaneously recognizing that shared experi- ences appear to be making the world "smaller." I distinctly remember applying for and receiving my fi rst passport at a post offi ce in Portland, Maine. The year was 1982, and my destination was Tokyo. I was set to spend the summer working as a fi nance intern for a large Japanese phone company. Two weeks later, when I arrived at Tokyo City Air Terminal (T-CAT) after a long fl ight to Narita, I was brought to a company dormitory in Setagaya-ku. I distinctly remember the sounds of the pachinko arcade games, the smell of yakitori chicken, How Expat Assignments and Assignees Have Changed By Rob Freedlander

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