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Proud of having been involved in human resource development

Another thing I did was to establish the Japan-Brazil Exchange Association, which brought 750 Japanese students to Brazil over the 25 years from 1981 to 2005 to study and work there for a year. I accepted about 30 of them and provided them with scholarships to study.

Yes, it was a mixed bag, some good and some bad, but three of the 30 people did doctoral studies in Japan, and three became university professors. Some joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and others joined the Japan Foundation. If there is anything I can be proud of in my life, it would be that I have been involved in education, or human resource development. The work at the Immigration Museum was important, and I think CIATE's support for Brazilians going to Japan to work was also important, but I don't think it was education or human resource development that I could be proud of.


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Date: September 19, 2019

Location: California, US

Interviewer: Yoko Nishimura

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

Interviewee Bio

Born in Nagano Prefecture in 1948, Ninomiya Masato moved to Brazil with his family when he was five years old. He currently has a law office in São Paulo and is a doctoral professor at the University of São Paulo's Faculty of Law, while also serving as a special advisor to the Meiji University President and a visiting professor at Musashino University's Faculty of Law. Since its establishment in 1992, he has also served as chairman of CIATE - Center for Information and Assistance for Overseas Workers, a Latin America advisor for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and a committee member for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He is also a highly respected leader in the Brazilian Nikkei community, supporting various activities such as improving the working conditions of Brazilian dekasegi workers and educating Japanese descendants. (May 2021)

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