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The winners who remained at the beginning of the migration

The year of our arrival, 1954, was exactly the 400 year anniversary of the founding of Sao Paulo. We arrived on January 26th, January 16th and January 25th was the anniversary day. I was only five so I don’t remember anything, but there was a huge festival.

But, even at that time the “Sakura Group Volunteer Party” was still around and they were pushing to get people to return to Japan.


Brazil Kachigumi (victory group) postwar Sakuragumi Teishintai (Parana victory group) World War II

Date: September 19, 2019

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Yoko Nishimura

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

Interviewee Bio

Masato Ninomiya was born in Nagano Prefecture in 1948 and moved to Brazil at the age of 5 with his family. He currently maintains a legal office in São Paulo, and in addition to working as a Law Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, also serves as Special Assistant to the President at Meiji University and as Visiting Professor of Law at Musashino University. Since its founding in 1992, he has served as President of CIATE (Center for Information and Support to Workers Abroad), Advisor to the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) for Central and South America, and also a Committee Member of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Additionally, he is considered a Nikkei community leader in Brazil, supporting various activities such as improving the working conditions of Brazilian Dekasegi, and the education of Japanese-Brazilian children. . (May 2021)

Michie Akama
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Michie Akama

Reasons for immigrating to Brazil (Japanese)

Issei, Pioneer of women's education in Brazil

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Michie Akama
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Michie Akama

Opening a Japanese-style all-girls' school in Brazil (Japanese)

Issei, Pioneer of women's education in Brazil

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Celia Oi
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Celia Oi

Brazilian of Japanese descents (Portuguese)

Former Director, Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa no Brasil

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Celia Oi
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Celia Oi

Japan's impact on the image of Nikkei in Brazil (Portuguese)

Former Director, Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa no Brasil

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Celia Oi
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Celia Oi

Change in sense of Nikkei Brazilian identity over time (Portuguese)

Former Director, Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa no Brasil

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Celia Oi
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Celia Oi

Nikkei community concentrated in São Paulo (Portuguese)

Former Director, Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa no Brasil

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Celia Oi
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Celia Oi

Changing life styles of successive generations (Portuguese)

Former Director, Museu Histórico da Imigração Japonesa no Brasil

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Edward Toru Horikiri
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Edward Toru Horikiri

Boarding house life and the Issei (Japanese)

(b. 1929) Kibei Nisei

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Edward Toru Horikiri
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Edward Toru Horikiri

The situation after the war (Japanese)

(b. 1929) Kibei Nisei

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Jean Hamako Schneider
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Jean Hamako Schneider

Why I’m glad I immigrated to America (Japanese)

(b. 1925) War bride

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Terumi Hisamatsu Calloway
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Terumi Hisamatsu Calloway

Discrimination faced in San Francisco (Japanese)

(b. 1937) A war bride from Yokohama

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Willie Ito
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Willie Ito

Father’s Postwar Barber Career

(b. 1934) Award-winning Disney animation artist who was incarcerated at Topaz during WWII

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Paulo Issamu Hirano
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Paulo Issamu Hirano

The difference between Nikkei community in Oizumi and 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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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota
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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota

Not too concerned about learning Japanese when he was growing up in Brazil (Portuguese)

(b. 1962) Japanese Brazilian owner of a Brazilian products store in Japan.

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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota
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Antonio Shinkiti Shikota

The reason why he immigrated to Japan (Portuguese)

(b. 1962) Japanese Brazilian owner of a Brazilian products store in Japan.

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