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Feb. 11, 2022 - June 14, 2024

What is Nikkei? Ryusuke Kawai, a non-fiction writer who translated "No-No Boy," covers a variety of topics related to Nikkei, including people, history, books, movies, and music, focusing on his own involvement with Nikkei.

Stories from this series

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Vol. 3: Jack Shirai and the Volunteer Soldier

March 11, 2022 • Ryusuke Kawai

Volunteering for the Foreign Legion An event bigger than the COVID-19 news that is reported almost every day on the front pages has occurred: Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Some media outlets have described it as a "war," but this is a one-sided invasion and a genocide against the local people. Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, most of the world's public opinion has condemned Russia and offered various forms of support to Ukraine, including through nation-states, NGOs, and individuals, …

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Part 2: What is Nikkei?

Feb. 25, 2022 • Ryusuke Kawai

The purpose of this column is to write about various things related to "Nikkei," or in other words, to touch on various things with "Nikkei" as a keyword. To be honest, I thought it would be easier to write if I kept the topic range as broad as possible, but before I start, I want to think about what "Nikkei" is in the first place. Given that the website is called Discover Nikkei, one can imagine that "Nikkei" is a …

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Part 1: Me and "Japanese"

Feb. 11, 2022 • Ryusuke Kawai

What is Nikkei? I was born and raised in Kanagawa Prefecture, and when I think back, I first became aware of the term "Nikkei" when I was a student. The exchange student from the United States who taught me English was of Japanese descent. At the time, I first recognized him as a so-called half-Japanese person, and didn't pay much attention to the fact that he was Nikkei. After that, I became a reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun and worked …

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Author in This Series

Journalist and non-fiction writer. Born in Kanagawa Prefecture. Graduated from the Faculty of Law at Keio University, he worked as a reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun before going independent. His books include "Yamato Colony: The Men Who Left Japan in Florida" (Shunpousha). He translated the monumental work of Japanese American literature, "No-No Boy" (Shunpousha). The English version of "Yamato Colony," won the 2021 Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award for the best book on ethnic groups or social issues from the Florida Historical Society.

(Updated November 2021)

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