Raj from Nepal works hard in stockbreeding in Assabu

Koli Kamal Raj feeds milk to a calf

Koli Kamal Raj (27) immigrated to Japan after marrying a Japanese woman from southern Hokkaido’s Assabu Town. He is working hard at stockbreeding at Shimokawabe Ranch in the town. Toiling away at heavy physical work with a smile, Raj says with a gleam in his eyes, “I want to participate in the local festivals as well and really get to know everyone around here.” In the future, he wants to start a worker dispatch service that introduces Nepali workers to Japanese farmers experiencing labor shortages.

Raj hails from the Kailali District, approximately 600 kilometers west of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. His family live in a high mountain zone two thousand meters above sea level, where they work at farming and forestry. He wanted to work in the developed nation of Japan, and came to study here in 2014. He attended a Japanese language school in Niigata City while working at restaurants, bars, and the like to pay for school expenses. In 2018 he was hired at a resort hotel in Nagano Prefecture, where he met his current wife Yukie (35), who was working at the same hotel.

They married in February of 2020, and moved to Assabu, where Yukie’s family home is located. Raj was hired at Shimokawabe Ranch in May of that same year. The ranch keeps 1,600 beef cattle, and Raj is in charge of taking care of calves there.

Raj reports, “Taking care of animals is fun.” He has even learned how to operate tractors and shovel loaders, and hard at his job. Ranch President Shimokawabe Kazuhiro (40) expressed his positive expectations, saying, “Raj is a hard worker. He is cheerful, and his personality is great for morale. I want him to keep working here in the future.”

Yukie is scheduled to give birth in May, and Raj will soon become a father. His future dream is to start a worker dispatch service in Assabu. Beaming with enthusiasm, Raj announces, “I want to bring Nepali friends who want to work in Japan and serve as an intermediary for farmers who are suffering from labor shortages.”


Assabu Town