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Supporting Nikkei in Japan (Japanese)

(Japanese) In the 90s, many different people came from Central and South America to work in Japan. At the time we called them dekasegi workers or Nikkei dekasegi workers. I was aware of dekasegis at that time, but I had no idea that such a large number of dekasegis were coming here. Anyway while I was at Tsukuba University — and after as well — I received a lot of inquiries from different corporations and organizations because I spoke both Spanish and Japanese and my Japanese level was improved by then. I was also asked to help in courtrooms and by law enforcement, so there were a lot of one-off jobs. I received a lot of requests for mainly interpretations and a little bit of written translation as well.

Because of that, I decided to change my plans and my field of study, and I transferred to Yokohama National University majoring in law. My master’s thesis was also focused on labor law, so I studied Japanese civil codes and civil proceedings quite thoroughly. Thanks to that I’ve been able to work in many different capacities, including offering support to Nikkei from Latin America.


dekasegi foreign workers Nikkei in Japan

Date: September 22, 2019

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Yoko Nishimura

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

Interviewee Bio

Juan Alberto Matsumoto was born in 1962 in the city of Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received an informal bilingual education attending the Japanese school in Escobar. While he was in college, he enlisted in the Malvinas War (Falklands War) and served as a signalman. Afterwards, he graduated from the University of Salvador in Buenos Aires with a degree in international relations. In 1990, he went to Japan as a government-sponsored student. He majored in Labor law at Yokohama National University where he received a master’s degree.

Currently he serves as a public relations legal translator, a court interpreter, and broadcast interpreter, as well as a lecturer at JICA trainee orientations. He also teaches Spanish language and Latin American politics and law at the University of Shizuoka and occasionally he gives talks on multicultural coexistence. He also provides various supports for Latin American Nikkei living in Japan. (February 2020)

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Accepted by Japanese society as I learned more Japanese (Japanese)

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From being a dekasegi to a long-term resident (Japanese)

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