I can’t count how many times I’ve been ask this question and I noticed that my answers changed as times goes by.
My usual answer was either language, culture and work. I wanted to improve my Japanese, I want to experience Japanese culture and I found an oppurtunity to work here.
A friend asked this question again a few weeks ago, but he quickly rephrase it “What made you decide to stay this long in Japan?”. Why indeed?
I was about to give him the same answer and I paused, Why indeed?
Safety. I think you can disagree that Japan is probably on of the safest country in the world. Here I can travel alone without worries. I can sleep on the train and not be concerned that somebody will pick my bags. I guess I can go on and on.
I only gave this one word answer and he understood.