I was wondering if anybody has shared a similar experience as to what we are thinking of doing.
I am a Canadian that lived in Japan for over 10 years. My wife is Japanese and my 2 boys were both born in Japan. 6 years ago we returned to Canada when my eldest started school. At that time he could only speak Japanese. But within a few months he shifted from Japanese to English. Now 6 years later he no longer speaks Japanese at all. He understands the basic questions my wife might ask in Japanese, but his replies are always in English. My youngest son was 4 months old when we returned to Canada, and thus speaks only English.
For the last few months we have been talking about returning to Japan to live (Canada is getting far to expensive to live ;-)). But our concerns are about our kids schooling. Have any of you here put your children into Japanese public school when they could not speak the language? My eldest is now in Grade 6. He has already shown he can shift language and assimilate once (when he returned to Canada and started school here). My youngest is now 6, but we are not as concerned about him, we think he might be young enough to assimilate with ease.
We will not be living in the massive metropolitan that is Tokyo ;-) - but still a major city, Nagoya, so the public schools there might have some sort of support system in place.
Anybody else here been a similar situation.