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Katsuo Higuchi

@katsuohiguchi

A Nisei native of Tupã, São Paulo State, he holds a Law degree, specializing in Labor Relations. Over the course of 50 years, he worked as an executive and entrepreneur​​ in the Human Resources field. A Business Consultant, he’s also a columnist for the newspaper Nippo Brasil.

Updated June 2017


Stories from This Author

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Bisa AIKO and her 102nd birthday

Feb. 17, 2023 • Katsuo Higuchi

“Congratulations, Bisa , on your birthday” and a smiling grandmother AIKO receives, from each of her great-granddaughters, a tight hug and a loving kiss given to her expressive face, but a little tired with age. Last January, D. AIKO, matriarch of the Higuchi family, celebrated her 102nd birthday. The celebration event should have taken place in 2021, when she would actually turn 100 years old. This significant date was even remembered at the time by the Brazilian Society of Japanese …

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DREAMING... It's worth it!

July 20, 2022 • Katsuo Higuchi

Dreaming is always good, whatever the motivation! Love, travel, employment, own home... Even though in some cases it may seem like a utopia. The dream is the light, the force that stimulates our fight for what we believe in. I remember the question they once asked an almost engaged couple: what would their big dream be? They thought a little and the answer was in unison: “A perfect wedding party, with everything you could imagine in a wedding celebration, from …

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Mother's Flavor

March 30, 2022 • Katsuo Higuchi

Stimulated by the instigating theme proposed by the editors of this newspaper – Nikkei Food x Japanese Food – the memory of Naomi Kawase's beautiful film Taste of Life came to mind. Full of beauty and subtlety, it is one of those films to savor with the eyes and provoke our minds to the small and beautiful things in life. The plot is set against the backdrop of the secret recipe for a traditional treat, dorayaki , much loved by …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 and the unsung heroes

June 14, 2021 • Katsuo Higuchi

All countries in the world, almost without exception, have been painfully suffering the effects of the terrible Covid-19 pandemic. Some more, some less, but none went unscathed. And we don't know how and when it will end. In my country, Brazil, the situation is very serious, very serious! So far, less than 20% of the population has been vaccinated and, to make matters worse, the vaccine is running out, with no chance of resumption due to the ineptitude of our …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
I want to leave, live... Aiko's lamentations

Nov. 23, 2020 • Katsuo Higuchi

Before the arrival of this terrible pandemic that is ravaging the world, Aiko, a retired housewife, living in the traditional neighborhood of Santana in the Capital of São Paulo, had a routine that was quite lively for a lady of her age. Known by her Brazilian neighbors as Dona Maria and Aitian or Aiko-san by her relatives, in addition to the usual walks she took in streets close to where she lives, she took tai chi chuan and brain gymnastics …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 and its impact on the lives of Brazilian Nikkei

May 25, 2020 • Katsuo Higuchi

As has happened in other countries, Covid-19 hit Brazil in a devastating way, showing those who did not believe in it, its lethal malignancy. On May 9, more than 10,000 deaths had already been recorded, with catastrophic numbers expected to reach in the coming months, despite the containment measures taken by the country's health authorities. Horizontal quarantine was adopted to try to combat evil. With this, the doors of commerce and industry were closed; the movement of people was prohibited. …

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ITADAKIMASU, GOCHISOSAMA and other values

May 4, 2020 • Katsuo Higuchi

Matías,   who happens to be our Argentine son-in-law, the first time he was at our house he was welcomed with a lunch beautifully prepared by Cecília, my wife. At the table, invited to start the meal, he made a comment that immediately earned him positive points with his family. He said: “The Japanese bow – itadakimasu – before meals, which I consider to be a most significant attitude!” and added: “I traveled to Japan a few times for work …

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Uchina Mensoore - Welcome to Okinawa

July 31, 2019 • Katsuo Higuchi

Rain or shine, nothing stops Rádio Taissô groups from meeting daily at the traditional Praça da Liberdade in São Paulo to practice community gymnastics. An event that also takes place in several other locations, even in other cities. The instrumental music in the background, which echoes through the speaker, dictates the rhythm of the light and harmonious movements that dozens of people, committed and excited, begin to make. Dressed in character, in all-white gym clothes, including sneakers, they perform a …

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KOKI IWAI , the celebration of longevity

June 24, 2019 • Katsuo Higuchi

A comment made by a friend piqued my interest and I soon did some research and found what I was looking for. The prestigious Harvard University, in the USA, has been studying a fascinating topic for more than seven decades: What makes people happy in life? What makes a good life to live? Refraining from commenting on details of the work, merely for reasons of space in this column, but trusting in the seriousness of the renowned institution, I learned …

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations
My unforgettable uncle

May 9, 2019 • Katsuo Higuchi

As a child, I used to read a monthly magazine that still exists today, in which there was a section called “My unforgettable type”, my favorite, where the lives of remarkable characters were portrayed. Ordinary people who, through their qualities or attitudes, had stood out or influenced the lives of others, equally common. An unforgettable figure for me was Uncle Yotiam or Tim for many, my late uncle on my mother's side, who left us a legacy of good and …

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