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Tomoko Oura


Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1979, he grew up in Kobe until graduating from high school. After graduating from university, he has been living in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 2001. He is currently working as a freelance reporter and writer for local media outlets aimed at Japanese people, as well as engaged in editing work.

(Updated September 2023)


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Japanese Companies Active in Brazil Today
Part 17: NEC Latin America contributes to South America with the world's best digital authentication technology

June 23, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the 17th installment of this series introducing "The Current Situation of Japanese Companies Active in Brazil," we spoke with Yasushi Tanabe, President of NEC Latin America. The company was established in 2011 as a regional headquarters for local subsidiaries in six Latin American countries (Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Venezuela). Its predecessor, NEC Brazil S.A. (NEC do Brasil), was established 55 years ago, and even in the 21st century, it has established itself as an excellent company that …

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Part 16: Business Creation Trading Company GSI Creos Brazil

June 9, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the 16th installment of this series, we spoke with Issei Kawamura, director of GSI Creos Brazil. Currently, the majority of the company's business is the sale of medical and chemical products. In particular, through a long-standing partnership with Toray Medical Co., Ltd., the company sells high-performance hemodialysis equipment and related materials imported from Japan throughout South America, and is also committed to investing in and providing technical support to clinics that provide hemodialysis treatment using these equipment. A "business …

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Part 15 Global logistics company Nippon Express Brazil

May 23, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the 15th episode, we spoke with Tomomi Takimoto, President of Nippon Express (NX) Brazil. Founded in 1979 amid a boom in Japanese companies expanding into Brazil, NX Brazil is the fifth-longest-running overseas subsidiary of NX Holdings. In South America, the company has expanded its network not only to Brazil, but also to Colombia in 2012, and has established agents in Latin American countries to solidify its base in the South American market. With a new era of logistics driven …

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Part 14: Brazil Food Service, a company active in the South American agricultural and livestock industry

May 10, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

For the 14th installment, we spoke with Kenichi Kodera (66, Hokkaido), president of Brazil Food Services, who has a 40-year career in purchasing and exporting meat and seafood products in Asia and South America, and has been developing new agricultural and livestock businesses in South America for the past 34 years. To Chile and then to Brazil Mr. Kodera's connection with South America dates back to his youth. As a student, he was passionate about mountaineering as part of an …

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Part 13: MN Propolis: Committed to taste and health

May 2, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the 13th episode, we spoke with Norihito Matsuda (86, Gunma Prefecture), CEO of MN Propolis. The company continues to manufacture and sell high-quality propolis and beekeeping products that have undergone highly accurate food analysis, and today accounts for approximately 50% of the propolis products exported from Brazil to foreign countries. Organic soy sauce and miso made using traditional Japanese methods, born from President Matsuda's insatiable curiosity, are also selling well, and orders for ramen noodles in particular are soaring. …

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Part 12: Iguazu Coffee—Loved by Locals and the World

April 24, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the 12th episode, we speak with Toshiki Matsui, president of Iguazu Coffee, known as one of Brazil's most proud coffee companies. Brazilian Coffee with a Connection to the Japanese The company was established in 1967 with joint investment from major plantation owners, including the late Kunihiro Miyamoto (born 1916, Oita Prefecture), a businessman, agricultural manager and first president of the company, who immigrated to Argentina in 1934 and ran a coffee processing and rice milling plant with his brother …

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Part 11: Panamedical Sistema, a company founded by a man who left his post in Japan

April 12, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In this 11th installment, we spoke with Katsuhide Itagaki (75, Hokkaido), president of Panamedical Sistema. In Brazil, it is not uncommon for companies, large or small, to open one after another, only to close within a few years, or even within a year. Among its peers, Panamedical Sistema is not surprised by the "appearance and disappearance" of its competitors, and has been unearthing unknown Japanese technology in the medical field for 33 years, exploring what it can do for Brazilian …

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Part 10: Kikkoman Brazil: Delivering Deliciousness Globally

March 29, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the 10th episode, we spoke with Hideyuki Ozaki, President of Kikkoman Brazil Commerce and Industry Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Kikkoman Brazil). The news that Kikkoman Brazil, a Brazilian subsidiary of Kikkoman Corporation, a leading Japanese soy sauce manufacturer, began selling honjozo soy sauce produced in Brazil in November 2021, is still fresh in our memory. The company's products, which are produced using soybeans and wheat as the main ingredients while maintaining traditional Japanese manufacturing methods and quality, have …

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Part 9: NTT Limited: A global company

March 15, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the ninth episode, we spoke with Shinsuke Mizumori, Vice President of JMNC-LATAM at NTT Limited. The London-based company was established in 2019 through the merger of 31 companies, including NTT Communications, Dimension Data, and NTT Security. NTT has been active in Brazil for nearly half a century since opening its overseas office in Brasilia in 1974. Taking advantage of the services that NTT Communications has provided and the strengths of other companies, the company also provides global IT solution …

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Part 8: BBBR Group Aiming to be the Only One

March 2, 2024 • Tomoko Oura

In the eighth installment, we spoke with Takamasa Kuratomi (40 years old, from Kanagawa Prefecture), president of the BBBR Group. He moved from Japan to Brazil in 2004 at the age of 21, and currently runs four companies. BBBR Group's four businesses ① BBBR Consulting : Consulting for JICA's ODA (Official Development Assistance) projects, providing business support to Japanese small and medium-sized enterprises in Brazil and helping to solve overseas issues through Japanese companies' technology. ② Latin Alimentos : Imports …

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