Claudio Sampei

Born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Claudio Sampei is a Chemical Engineer specializing in Business Administration, Business Management, and Environmental Education. In 1994, he held a scholarship from the Chiba Prefecture —in the water treatment field—but currently works as an executive in the travel industry. He holds posts in various community-oriented organizations, such as the JCI (Junior Chamber International), where he was President of the São Paulo Chapter and National Executive Vice President; he is Chairman of the Board of the ASEBEX (the Brazilian Association of Former Scholarship Holders in Japan), Vice President of the IPK (the Paulo Kobayashi Institute), Financial Advisor of the Pan-American Nikkei Association of Brazil (APNB), Second Secretary of the Chiba Kenjin Association of Brazil, and member of the Communications and Marketing Commission of Bunkyo (the Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture and Social Assistance).

Updated November 2014

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Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Who am I speaking with?

Rrrring! Rrrrring! “Hello?” “Who am I speaking with?” “........” I needed some time to answer who it was. I was trying to recognize the voice at the other end of the line before saying my name. My relatives and my family and nihongogakko friends call me Mamoru, but everybody else knows me as Claudio. Mamoru isn't found in official documents, but some people, even my relatives, either don't know or don't remember that I'm also Claudio. When I learned that my wife Cristiane was pregnant, I was sure of one thing: my son won't have to ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #5: Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Nikkei com Y

108 anos após a vinda do navio Kasato Maru trazendo oficialmente os primeiros imigrantes do Japão, o Brasil se orgulha de ser o país com o maior número de nikkeis do mundo. Somente com esta informação, talvez uma pessoa desinformada possa acreditar que pela grande quantidade de nikkeis, o Brasil esteja acostumado com a língua japonesa, assim como atualmente está acostumado a comer sushi e assistir a animes. Ledo engano...

Mesmo em São Paulo, onde se concentra a maioria dos nikkeis, as pessoas não têm afinidade com a língua japonesa ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #4: Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

Até o último grão de arroz

Em 1995, após terminar a faculdade e um estágio de um ano no Japão, comecei a trabalhar em uma grande multinacional aqui no Brasil. Nosso almoço era servido no refeitório da empresa. Uma das conversas durante um dos almoços foi sobre o metabolismo do ser humano, que dizem ficar mais lento após os 23 anos. Eu com 24 anos já sentia os efeitos ganhando alguns quilos, mesmo comendo menos do que na adolescência. Uma das colegas de trabalho disse: “Para não engordar, basta não comer tudo que está no prato ...

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