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Claudio Sampei


Born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Claudio Sampei is a Chemical Engineer specializing in Business Administration, Business Management, and Environmental Education. In 1994, he held a scholarship from the Chiba Prefecture —in the water treatment field—but currently works as an executive in the travel industry. He holds posts in various community-oriented organizations, such as the JCI (Junior Chamber International), where he was President of the São Paulo Chapter and National Executive Vice President; he is Chairman of the Board of the ASEBEX (the Brazilian Association of Former Scholarship Holders in Japan), Vice President of the IPK (the Paulo Kobayashi Institute), Financial Advisor of the Pan-American Nikkei Association of Brazil (APNB), Second Secretary of the Chiba Kenjin Association of Brazil, and member of the Communications and Marketing Commission of Bunkyo (the Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Assistance).

Updated November 2014

Stories from This Author

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Nikkei Chronicles #5—Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture
Nikkei with Y

Oct. 11, 2016 • Claudio Sampei

108 years after the Kasato Maru ship officially brought the first immigrants from Japan, Brazil is proud to be the country with the largest number of Nikkei in the world. With this information alone, perhaps an uninformed person might believe that due to the large number of Nikkei , Brazil is accustomed to the Japanese language, just as it is currently accustomed to eating sushi and watching anime . I'm mistaken... Even in São Paulo, where the majority of Nikkei …

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Nikkei Chronicles #4—Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values
Until the last grain of rice

Oct. 8, 2015 • Claudio Sampei

In 1995, after finishing college and a one-year internship in Japan, I started working at a large multinational here in Brazil. Our lunch was served in the company cafeteria. One of the conversations during one of the lunches was about human metabolism, which is said to slow down after the age of 23. At 24 years old, I was already feeling the effects of gaining a few kilos, even though I ate less than I did as a teenager. One …

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Nikkei Chronicles #3—Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?
Who Am I Speaking With?

Nov. 3, 2014 • Claudio Sampei

Rrrring! Rrrrring! “Hello?” “Who am I speaking with?” “........” I needed some time to answer who it was. I was trying to recognize the voice at the other end of the line before saying my name. My relatives and my family and nihongogakko friends call me Mamoru, but everybody else knows me as Claudio. Mamoru isn’t found in official documents, but some people, even my relatives, either don’t know or don’t remember that I’m also Claudio. When I learned that …

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