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Moved to Japan as my dekasegi father called on me (Japanese)

(Japanese) I think I came to Japan in September or October in 1989. I came to work, I came to Japan for my father’s work. At that time, he was living in Japan as a dekasegi.

At first, my father came to Japan with some relatives and I think they were planning to go back in a few years. He wasn’t going to stay in Japan for a long time, so with small belongings, with minimum belongings he came to Japan, just my father as a dekasegi and once he earned some money he was going to stay in Japan, uh, I mean, he was planning to go back to Brazil, so at first not every member of the family came here. My father and some relatives came here first, and once they started living, they found that Japan was a very comfortable place, so he asked us – why don’t you all come here? Then I moved here with my mother and brothers together with some other relatives.

 


Brazil dekasegi foreign workers Japan Nikkei in Japan

Date: October 18, 2016

Location: Gunma, Japan

Interviewer: Shigeru Kojima

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Interviewee Bio

Paulo Issamu Hirano was born in São Paulo in January, 1979. As a Sansei whose grandparents are from Kumamoto Prefecture, he grew up in the Monte Kemel region near Liberdade. In 1989, he moved to Japan as his father, who had come as a dekasegi, called on him. Ever since, he has lived in Oizumi-machi in Gunma Prefecture. At first he was having a hard time with the language, but he made more friends as he learned Japanese. Currently he supports the Brazilian community as a graphic designer with his Japanese skills. In 2009, he started his own business and runs a design studio now. He publishes free magazines that introduce Oizumi-machi. He dedicates his life to making Oizumi-machi a Brazil town. (August, 2017)

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