COPANI & KNT (2007)

This is a series of reports and presentations from the Joint Convention of COPANI & KNT held July 18 - 21, 2007 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Early Japanese Immigrants: A Historical Look

As we approach the celebration of the Centenary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil, on June 11, the Museum of the History of Japanese Immigration to Brazil launched the special exhibit, “The Precursor Japanese Immigrants: A Historical Look at the pre-Kasato-Maru Period”.

Held on the museum’s 9th floor, the exhibit focused on three characters that, before the official arrival of the first group of immigrants (brought aboard the Kasato-Maru and sponsored by Ryo Mizumo), were already in – or had ties to – Brazil.

The three stories are those of: Wasaburo Otake, author of the first Japanese/Portuguese dictionary; the Casas …

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Past, Present, and Future of the Nikkei Community in Brazil

Between July 18–21, 2007, the Joint Convention of the 14th Pan-American Nikkei Convention (COPANI) and the 48th Convention of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad (Kaigai Nikkeijin Taikai ) was held in the city of São Paulo. The event – whose main topic was “The Nikkei Contributions to Society in the Progress of Society” – brought together hundreds of participants from eleven countries in the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela) in addition to two countries in Asia (Japan and Indonesia).

The main lectures and panel discussions took place on July 19, but …

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46th Kaigai Nikkeijin Taikai

In this important and interesting meeting held in São Paulo, jointly with the 14th Pan-American Nikkei Convention, the debates started with a superb and stimulating speech of Prof. Kotaro Horisaka. In the final session, coordinated by Prof. Masato Ninomiya, I had the opportunity to make some small remarks.

It was suggested by the convention leaders that the discussion were concentrated in the current problems and future perspectives of the Nikkei communities. The presentation of the participants of abroad showed that, despite some similar problems, there is a large diversity of situations faced. This shows that the Nikkei is not a …

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An Era of Innovation: The Nikkei Contribution to the Knowledge Pipeline -- Part 2

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2. Increasingly Diverse Nikkei Communities in the Midst of Globalization

With regard to Nikkei communities themselves, recently in Japan I get the feeling that a new movement has emerged that seeks to take a fresh look from a new perspective at Nikkei communities abroad. In the past it used to be the case that “Nikkei” was equated with “emigrant,” and from the 1990s the image of Nikkei become one of people who had come to Japan to live and work.

This year I received two books that discuss Nikkei communities abroad. One book is titled Chikyuu Jidai …

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An Era of Innovation: The Nikkei Contribution to the Knowledge Pipeline - Part 1

48th Convention of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad and 14th Convention of Pan-American Nikkei
"Going back to the basics of the Nikkei community abroad and promoting the development and role of the community"


Ladies and Gentlemen, a very good morning to you all. As just introduced, my name is Kotaro Horisaka and I work as a professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies of Sophia University in Tokyo. Since June last year I have been serving as one of the board of directors of the Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad.

My field of specialization is the political economy of …

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