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The Next Generation of the Nikkei Community (Japanese)

(Japanese) I’ve been involved in the development on next generation of Nikkei leaders from Japan and I conducted various workshops for them. I realized that it seems that the third and fourth generations are not interested in the way that older generations did. For example, they don’t like to form large organizations, build a large assembly hall to get together, or organize some events for themselves with high goals though social clubs or kenjinkais which connects people with strong ties. Instead, the current generation sees having some Japanese identity as added value, so they plan matsuri or bon-odori or bazaars, but mostly they want to go out and have fun with their friends and classmates, many of whom are not Nikkei.


leadership 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)

Toshiko Elena Onchi
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Toshiko Elena Onchi

How I became a volunteer at the International Association of Yamato (Spanish)

Japanese Peruvian in Japan

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Toshiko Elena Onchi

Several ways to participate and integrate into Japanese society (Spanish)

Japanese Peruvian in Japan

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Toshiko Elena Onchi

The challenge for Peruvian children of going to school in Japan (Spanish)

Japanese Peruvian in Japan

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Toshiko Elena Onchi
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Toshiko Elena Onchi

The identity crisis of Peruvian children in Japan (Spanish)

Japanese Peruvian in Japan

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Toshiko Elena Onchi

The breakdown of the family structure as a result of the deskasegi movement (Spanish)

Japanese Peruvian in Japan

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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Paulo Issamu Hirano

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

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Paulo Issamu Hirano

Starting my own business as a graphic designer after the collapse of Lehman Brothers (Japanese)

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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Paulo Issamu Hirano

On becoming a Japanese national (Japanese)

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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Paulo Issamu Hirano

Letting people know I am from Brazil (Japanese)

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Paulo Issamu Hirano

Oizumi-machi is my hometown (Japanese)

(b. 1979) Sansei Nikkei Brazilian who lives in Oizumi-machi in Gunma prefecture. He runs his own design studio.

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Masato Ninomiya
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Masato Ninomiya

The Japanese government's mistaken assumptions about Japanese Americans

Professor of Law, University of Sao Paulo, Lawyer, Translator (b. 1948)

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