TOKYO -- Fr. Olmes Milani has been in Japan for eight years. Almost two of those years, he says, were spent studying the Japanese language "full-time."
And for another two, he was spending much of his time after work with language books, trying to become more fluent. Yet, says Milani, a native of Brazil, "I am still learning something I don't know everyday."
Milani, a Scalabrinian priest, says his struggle is just one example of the many facing Japan's estimated 2.2 million immigrants. A staff member at the Tokyo archdiocese's Catholic Tokyo International Center, Milani says "communication continues to be the biggest problem" for immigrants here.