The loan documents finally arrived! I headed off to the New Zealand embassy so I could have an “official” witness me sign the documents. It was a long walk from the station and I was really working up a sweat as we are having an early summer in Tokyo.

They charged me 5,700 yen, around US$50 for signing the documents. I thought he was only joking when he said it would cost this, but then again government officials aren’t known for their humour.

At least now I am one the way to settlement. What a long road it has been.