Luis Hirata Mishima

Luis Hirata Mishima was born in Lima, Peru, on January 19, 1939. He attended the private elementary school, Santa Beatriz-Jishuryo, and studied high school at the National School of Melitón Carbajal.  He graduated from the National University of San Marcos with a degree in accounting.  Upon finishing his studies, he opened his own accounting firm. Subsequently he joined a transnational Japanese firm where he worked for thirty-seven years, moving up the ladder to become Executive Director. He retired at sixty-five.

Updated December 2009

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Discover Nikkei at COPANI XV - Uruguay 2009

Transformation of the Nikkei Community in Peru - Part 2

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HOW DID A NIKKEI COME TO GOVERN A COUNTRY?

In Peru an extradordinary thing happened. A Nikkei, or should we say a Nisei (a child of Japanese parents), came to occupy the presidency of the country by a majority vote of the population. And even more extraordinary was that such a thing occurred less than fifty years after Peru declared war against Japan.

Japanese immigrants always tried to live immersed in the middle of their communities and dedicate themselves to providing a good education to their children, while trying to preserve traditional values and Japanese culture.

When World ...

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Discover Nikkei at COPANI XV - Uruguay 2009

Transformation of the Nikkei Community in Peru - Part 1

My participation in this workshop, which deals with the transformation of the Nikkei community in Peru, is due to the kind invitation of the Discover Nikkei Program of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.  My presentation is part of the workshop on Japanese Immigration of the XV COPANI.

I want to clarify something before I begin, mainly that this presentation was originally going to take place with the participation of Amelia Morimoto, an indefatigable researcher and author of various books on Japanese immigration, truly a profound expert on the reality of the Peruvian Nikkei community.  Unfortunately, she was ...

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