Latin America and the Caribbean
Third Meeting of the Panel of Experts on Collaborating with Communities of
Japanese Immigrants and Descendants (“Nikkei”)
in Latin America and the Caribbean
The third meeting of the Panel of Experts on Collaborating with Communities of Japanese Immigrants and Descendants (“Nikkei”) in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was established under the auspices of Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, was held on April 12. A discussion was held on approaches to collaboration based on “widening the range of the activities of Nikkei communities in Latin America and the Caribbean,” and Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- At the beginning, State Minister Sonoura explained that he hoped to have an active discussion on approaches to collaboration that will bring benefits to both sides, responding to the expectations of Nikkei communities by proactively participating in events etc. held by the communities, as well as showcasing the appeal of Japan. In addition, State Minister Sonoura introduced that Nikkei communities are broadening new networks that transcend national borders, and the opening of Japan House in São Paulo.
- Mr. Ando, President of The Japan Foundation, appeared as a presenter and explained that based on the rapid growth in Japanese language learners in Latin America and the Caribbean region and growing interest in Japanese culture, expanding Japanese language education will be important, as will (1) two-way exchanges, (2) expanding people-to-people exchanges, (3) introducing broadcasting content, and (4) utilizing Japan House São Paulo. Following that, Mr. Alberto Matsumoto, CEO, IDEA Network Consulting, explained that although it is also being said that young Nikkei generation have scant interest in the activities of Nikkei communities, if given the opportunity many would take part in activities that have a clear purpose. Mr. Matsumoto also explained that there are increasing examples of non-Nikkei people proactively participating in the activities of Nikkei communities. The panelists actively exchanged views on the basis of these comments.