Decision to settle in Argentina after WWII (Spanish)

His father, the pioneer of acupuncture in Argentina (Spanish) Decision to settle in Argentina after WWII (Spanish) Suffering in World War II (Spanish) Joined Japanese Imperial Army during the WWII (Spanish) Returning Argentina after the war (Spanish) Proud to be a Japanese desecendant (Spanish) A lucky man (Spanish)

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(Spanish) I believe that every nihonjin, or Japanese, wanted to [succeed in] America and then afterwards return to Japan to obtain something better. This was everyone’s goal, I believe, the goal of every nihonjin. But after World War II, the majority of the people here did not want to return. Therefore, the people began to buy land [here in Argentina]. Before [they bought land], everything was leased. In the old days, when we were kids, in any town square, moving vans were filled up. After World War II all the nihonjin settled down here [in Argentina] because they already saw that even if they returned to Japan they would be unable to do anything there.

Date: September 18, 2006
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Interviewer: Takeshi Nishimura, Ricardo Hokama
Contributed by: Centro Nikkei Argentino

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