Language and cultural differences are no longer a problem to many Brazilians living in Japan. At least for the new generation, as fluency in the language has helped many excel in various fields.Thanks to the early cultural ties between Japan and Brazil in the 1900s, Brazilians are the fourth highest number of foreigners living in Japan by 2012 with more than 190,000 on record.
In 1907, a treaty between the two nations opened the opportunity for many Japanese farmers to migrate to the tropical country. However, by the early 1990s, many of the Japanese living in Brazil, mostly second and third generations from the first migrants had the desire to know more about their home and so they went back. It was perfect timing for the foreigners to go back as local markets have opened job opportunities to those of Japanese-Brazilian descent. Many of these could be found in the prefectures of Aichi, Mie, Shizuoka, Gunma and Gifu, where work in manufacturing were plenty.
Many Japanese-Brazilians living nowadays are proud of both their heritages and have taken upon themselves to further close cultural ties. 35-year old Paulo Issamu Hirano is the publisher of a newspaper. The daily aims to promote “Brazil Town” in Oizumi by publishing Brazilian shops and establishments in its paper for readers to take notice of. “I want to build closer ties between (Brazil Town) and Japanese people,” he said. On the other hand, Marcelo Watanabe is another third-generation Japanese-Brazilian who is proud of his heritage. He has recently completed a chronicle of three volumes that narrates the histories of the emigrants, groups of people active in both countries and 12 young Japanese-Brazilians in the prefecture of Gifu, of which he is part of. He now works for an office that helps Brazilian immigrants get visas. 27-year old Ricardo Sugano is one Japanese-Brazilian, who went to Japan in 2006 to become a sumo wrestler and eventually become a “yokozuna.” Sugano learned the language to help him, as he adjusts in the country. “I hope they will become more active in various fields by mastering Japanese and getting involved with Japanese people,” he said of his fellow Brazilians in Japan.
[via The Japan Times]
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