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Ricardo G. Hokama


Ricardo G. Hokama is a Nikkei born in Buenos Aires in 1968. He majored in journalism at the Argentine Catholic University, specializing in Radio and Television Production. Since his youth he has participated in leadership positions within the Japanese community in Argentina. Today, he is vice president of the Argentine Nikkei Center and the Argentine Center of Former Fellows of Japan.  He also is director of the press at the Argentine Nikkei Center and editor of Argentine Nikkei. Hokama produces and directs the radio program "Japan Today" on Palermo Radio of Buenos Aires.

Updated February 2023


Stories from This Author

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Inspire Forward: Nikkei Heroes Under 30
Maia Harima – Distinctive Fashion Designer

Feb. 28, 2023 • Ricardo G. Hokama

Maia Harima is third-generation (Sansei), with family origins in Akita, Ibaraki, and Shiga prefectures. She grew up in the Japanese community in La Plata, a city in Buenos Aires Province. After studying fashion design at the prestigious University of Buenos Aires, these days you’ll find her in the land of her ancestors, where her talent and art are on full display.  What does “being Nikkei” mean to you? I think “Nikkei” is a very broad term, from my perspective it …

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nikkei solidarity in times of pandemic

Sept. 17, 2021 • Ricardo G. Hokama

Solidarity is a fundamental human value in our lives and more so, in times of crisis like the ones we are experiencing in the face of the pandemic around the world. We live in a unique moment in these modern times, a time where the Japanese community in Argentina has also committed itself to fight against the common enemy: the new coronavirus, with its impacts on health and society. Faced with this delicate context, solidarity and creativity emerge as the …

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Japanese dry cleaners in Argentina

June 2, 2009 • Ricardo G. Hokama

For five decades, the job of dyer in our country was almost exclusive to the Japanese community. The pioneers were the Spanish, but the Japanese quickly took advantage of them, with industriousness and care, details that led to the level of distinctive character. They prevailed to such an extent that it ended up being the same thing to say "I'm going to the dry cleaners" and "I'm going to the Japanese place." It was like this until around the 60's. …

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Carlos Kasuga: "Everything That You Do, Do It Well"

April 23, 2009 • Ricardo G. Hokama

On February 9, 2009, the prominent Nikkei businessman Carlos Kasuga shared his wisdom in a presentation titled “How to be Well” in the auditorium of the Japanese Embassy’s Cultural and Information Center. The Argentine Nikkei Center and the Argentine Center of Former Fellows of Japan organized the event. We present here the concepts relayed to the many folks who attended the conference in the cultural wing of the Japanese Embassy. “I am the son of Japanese immigrants who, during the …

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