Alberto J. Matsumoto

Nisei Japanese-Argentine. In 1990, he came to Japan as a government-financed international student. He received a Master’s degree in Law from the Yokohama National University. In 1997, he established a translation company specialized in public relations and legal work. He was a court interpreter in district courts and family courts in Yokohama and Tokyo. He also works as a broadcast interpreter at NHK. He teaches the history of Japanese immigrants and the educational system in Japan to Nikkei trainees at JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). He also teaches Spanish at the University of Shizuoka and social economics and laws in Latin America at the Department of law at Dokkyo University. He gives lectures on multi-culturalism for foreign advisors. He has published books in Spanish on the themes of income tax and resident status. In Japanese, he has published “54 Chapters to Learn About Argentine” (Akashi Shoten), “Learn How to Speak Spanish in 30 Days” (Natsumesha) and others. http://www.ideamatsu.com

Updated June 2013

community en ja es pt

Escobar: the City of Flowers — The 90th anniversary of Japanese immigration (as of 2019) and rediscovery of my ancestry

Located 50 kilometers north of Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, Escobar is known as “the city of flowers.”1 A flower festival is held in October every year, where they showcase new breed varieties from in and out of the country and have a parade with floats covered with flowers such as carnations, decorated by a number of local groups including the Escobar Nihonjinkai (Japanese Association). They also host a beauty pageant for the flower festival.2 As this two-week festival attracts some hundreds of thousands of people from all around the country, the event has become the city ...

Read more

war en ja es

The Nikkei of Latin America and Latino Nikkei

Nikkei and War: 30 Years After My Participation in the Malvinas War

Migration from Japan officially began more than 150 years ago, starting with Japanese arriving in Hawaii, the United States, and Canada, and later Peru and Brazil just over 100 years ago. During that time, Japan has faced several wars, notably with China (1894-95), Russia (1904-05), and several Asian countries as a result of the imperial occupation that began in the 1920s. And finally, World War II, a grueling conflict with the United States. Each of these events brought a great deal of uncertainty and misery to Japanese migrants.

In the late 1930s, there were about 300,000 Japanese and Nikkei ...

Read more

community en ja es pt

The Nikkei of Latin America and Latino Nikkei

Carlos Kasuga: An Example of Nikkei Leadership in the Americas

Any Nikkei leader in the Americas either personally knows or has heard of Carlos Kasuga because of his achievements as a businessman in Mexico, or because of his role in the Nikkei Panamerican Association. Not many are familiar, however, with the story of his migration from Japan to Mexico. According to the Encyclopedia of Nikkei of the American Continent Americano1, it all began with Enomoto’s efforts to establish a settler colony in Chiapas in 1897. Enomoto was quite the celebrity, having served as Minister of Foreign Relations in the Meiji government, although he had initially fought against the ...

Read more

community ja es

The Nikkei of Latin America and Latino Nikkei

「国際日系デー」の意義〜次世代のアイデンティティー発見

2018年6月ホノルルで同時開催された「ハワイ日本人移住150周年記念式典」と「第59回海外日系人大会」の場で、6月20日が「国際日系デー」に制定された1。この「国際日系デー」を提唱したのは、沖縄県名護市に在住している日系アルゼンチン人のアンドレス比嘉さん2と日系ペルー人のアンドレス正(ただし)伊佐さん3である。沖縄出身の先祖を持つこの二人4は、世代が進むにつれてルーツが薄ていくことに危機感を持ち、2015年から「世界ウチナーンチュの日 ...

Read more

community ja es

The Nikkei of Latin America and Latino Nikkei

日本の外国人労働市場:ロボットやAI導入による今後の影響

日本には約300万人の外国人が居住しており、そのうち就労者は166万人である。前年と比べると13%増加している1。その理由は、経済連携協定(EPA)締結によって、ここ数年アジア諸国からの技能実習生が増加したからである2。日本の外国人労働市場の7割はアジア諸国からの労働者が占めており、その多くは技能実習生として単身で来日している。出入国在留管理庁によると、2019年12月現在、40万人が技能実習ビザで在留しており、その半分以上はベトナム国籍、次いで中国、インドネシア、フィリピン、ネパールの順にある3。他方、就労者として在留している。ブラジル人は13万人 ...

Read more