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*The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”).

Nima of the Month

AsakoSakamoto (Kyōto, Japan)

Asako Sakamoto is a senior volunteer with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who is currently working in Brazil. She has been sharing her experiences with the Japanese Brazilian community on Discover Nikkei since June 2015.

[JA] 1998年に日本語教師を始めてから、ずっと日系人を対象に教えてきて、彼らとの関わりは随分長くなりました。メキシコ、アメリカ、ブラジル、どの国でもそこの社会にしっかり根付いて生きているたくましい彼らを、同じ日本人として誇らしく思います。しかし日本では、日系人を知る機会は残念ながら多いとは言えません。ここに投稿するコラムを通して、少しでも多くの方に、日系人のことを知っていただけると嬉しく思います。

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[EN] Since I started working as a Japanese language teacher in 1998, I've taught many Nikkei people and learned much about their lives. As someone of the same descent, I have much respect for the resilient Nikkei people, who have established their own way of life whether they are in Mexico, America, or Brazil. In Japan, people rarely get a chance to learn about the Nikkei. I hope to share their stories through my posts here as much as possible.

Read her stories here >> (Japanese only)

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