Andrew Hasegawa

Andrew Hasegawa is a 4th generation Nikkei Australian and the great-grandson of Setsutaro Hasegawa who immigrated to Australia in the late 19th century. Born in 1960, his Japanese ancestry was the inspiration for him to learn Japanese and live in Japan for many years. These days he lives in Melbourne and imports Japanese lifestyle goods for retail and wholesale.

Updated May 2019

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Nikkei Chronicles #8—Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

My Hero: Setsutaro Hasegawa

By the time I was born in the early 1960s, the long shadow of World War Two was starting to fade. The 1950s and ’60s saw wave after wave of immigrants arrive in Australia but almost no Asians or Japanese. The white Australia policy still prevailed and if the colour of my skin was anything to go by it succeeded, however I still had my Japanese name.

My father was born Raymond Taro Hasegawa, son of Leo Takeshi Hasegawa and grandson of Setsutaro Hasegawa (ST Hasegawa), a Japanese immigrant to Australia who had arrived in 1897 prior to federation and ...

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