Masayuki Fukasawa

Born on November 22, 1965, in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In 1992, he went to Brazil for the first time and worked as an intern at Paulista Shimbun (Japanese newspaper). In 1995, he went back to Japan, worked with Brazilians at a factory in Oizumi-machi, Gunma Prefecture and received the Ushio Nonfiction Award in 1999 for his reporting there, which was published by Ushio Publishing, titled Parallel World. In 1999, he went to Brazil again. Since 2001, he has been working at Nikkey Shimbun and assumed the position of Editor in 2004.

Updated January 2009

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English: The 110th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil: Complete Return of Santos Japanese School, Long-Awaited ‘True War End,’ Finding Ways to Live Together in Peace, Overcoming Prejudice Against Foreigners - Part 4

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Looking Back on History Began in 2000

For the past few years, things have started to move.

Okinawa-born film director Yojyu Matsubayashi has already interviewed ten or more people who had been evicted from Santos and is planning to shoot a documentary film. When he visited the Santos Japanese School in 2016, by chance he found a name list of people who had been evicted, and that’s when he started digging into it. Some of the people he filmed at the time had already passed away. I really hope that he will complete the film, on ...

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The 110th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil: Complete Return of Santos Japanese School, Long-Awaited ‘True War End,’ Finding Ways to Live Together in Peace, Overcoming Prejudice Against Foreigners - Part 3

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Information on Victory as Fake News

As I was listening to Kami-san’s talk, I found that he began his “paper pellets” strategy when he was about 23 years old. During the time of the Monte Alegre colony, the cultural section of the youth organization began issuing the newsletter ANDES on August 1, 1945.

When I went to his house in September, 2016 for an interview, he showed me something he had treasured. It was a B5-size handwritten mimeographed booklet.

On the first issue, there was a list of notes in red print “Absolutely keep this ...

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The 110th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil: Complete Return of Santos Japanese School, Long-Awaited ‘True War End,’ Finding Ways to Live Together in Peace, Overcoming Prejudice Against Foreigners - Part 2

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Exodus of Japanese Immigrants in South America

Kami-san was born on March 15, 1922 in the city of Nogata in Fukuoka Prefecture, and in 1993 when he was 11 he moved to Brazil with his parents. At first he went to the Hirano colony and then to the Monte Alegre colony near the Bastos transmigration site and lived in Lins after the war and moved to Santos in 1956.

The Hirano colony is one of the oldest Nikkei settlements established in 1915 and is known as the tragic settlement where 70 or more people lost their ...

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The 110th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Brazil: Complete Return of Santos Japanese School, Long-Awaited ‘True War End,’ Finding Ways to Live Together in Peace, Overcoming Prejudice Against Foreigners - Part 1

“The Japanese language school was frozen and condemned by the Brazilian government as hostile property. It will be the true war’s end for me when the school gets returned to us the Nikkei.” This was what Arata Kami, who had led a campaign for getting the school back for over 20 years, all on his own, kept saying.

On June 18, the day of the 110th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil, a ceremony was held to change title of the land of Santos Japanese School, and the school was officially handed back from the federal government to the ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #6 — Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

Hello Again Feijoada

“I enjoyed it for the first time in three years.” In June, 2005, Makoto Oka, (age 66 at the time) chairperson of Brazil Okayama Kenjinkai (prefectural association) commented on the feijoada, a major Brazilian dish, with a face that showed his getting over some past woe.

As a matter of fact, Oka almost died from a burn on his body when he turned over a giant pot of feijoada at the kenjinkai hall in the past.

Feijoada, a local cuisine representative of Brazil, is a dish that is cooked with black beans stewed with ingredients such as cow ears and ...

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