Latin America and the Caribbean
First Meeting of the Panel of Experts on Collaborating with Communities of Japanese Immigrants and Descendants (“Nikkei”) in Central and South America
March 9, 2017
- The first meeting of the Panel of Experts on Collaborating with Communities of Japanese Immigrants and Descendants ("Nikkei") in Central and South America, which was established under the auspices of Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, was held on March 6. The purpose of this Panel is to discuss measures to promote collaboration with people of Japanese descent. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Kotaro Horisaka, Professor Emeritus, Sophia University, and attended by expert panelists from local governments, the business community, academia and related organizations. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the panel.
- In the opening remarks, State Minister Sonoura read a greeting on behalf of Minister Kishida (Minister's Greeting (PDF)) regarding the issues to be discussed by the Panel and shared his view based on his experience as State Minister for Foreign Affairs. In addition to explaining that Japan House will open in São Paulo in Golden Week (end of April - beginning of May) this year, State Minister Sonoura also explained that he hopes the efforts of the entire nation will be made to deepen collaboration with Nikkei communities (State Minister's Greeting (PDF)).
- Chair Horisaka mentioned that people of Japanese descent have roots in Japan and are important partners to Japan, and pointed out that now is an important juncture in terms of considering collaboration measures given the generational change that is taking place and new developments that are being seen in the Nikkei communities. Following that, the Panel's agenda (PDF) was adopted, and the experts and other attendees held an exchange of views based on the agenda.
- Attendees: List of attendees (PDF)
- The relationship between Japan and Nikkei communities; Nikkei communities' activities and awareness of the issues
- Recommendations of the Overseas Emigration Council (Future Policy Regarding Cooperation with Overseas Communities of Nikkei)
- Report based on a diplomatic mission survey on the current situation of Nikkei communities in Central and South America (Summary) (PDF)
- List of Central and South American prefectural associations
- Anniversary year events in Central and South America (PDF)
- Schedule of important Events relating to Communities of Japanese Immigrants and Descendants in Central and South America for 2017 (PDF)
- First meeting (summary of comments) (PDF)