Episode 207 – Across the Sea, Part 3

This week, we’re headed south to take a look at Nikkei communities in Brazil and Peru.

Listen to the episode here.


Masterson, Daniel et al. The Japanese in Latin America.

Dresner, Jonathan. Japanese Diasporas: Unsung Pasts, Conflicting Presents, and Uncertain Futures.

An article from NACLA on Nikkeijin and the legacy of Alberto Fujimori.

A Reuters article on Brazilian Nikkeijin.


Children waving Japanese and Brazilian flags at a 2008 celebration of 100 years of Japanese immigration to Brazil.
A Japanese-Brazilian family outside of Sao Paolo.
Japanese immigration companies used posters like this one (which reads “Let’s move to South America with our families”) to encourage people to sign up for immigration companies.
A Japanese-Brazilian run business in Sao Paolo.
Japanese-Brazilian laborers on a coffee plantation. Though not as arduous as sugar harvesting, coffee is not an easy plant to work with.
Japanese-Peruvians were in some cases forcibly interned in the United States during World War II. This baseball team from Crystal Lake is entirely Japanese-Peruvian, excepting one man in the bottom row second from left.
Alberto Fujimori, the first Nikkei president of Peru. Initially quite popular, his corruption and lack of regard for the law led to his impeachment in 2000. He now resides in a Peruvian prison.
Alberto Fujimori’s daughter Keiko, a Peruvian Senator and head of the Popular Force right-wing party.

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  1. An update: Alberto Fujimori has been released from prison. It’s a pretty weird situation but basically the current president, Pedro Kuczynski, was facing an impeachment proceedings initiated by Keiko. Her brother, Kenji who is also a Fujimorista in congress organized 9 other members of the party to vote against impeachment. Allegedly, Kenji agreed to vote no on impeachment in exchange for a “humanitarian pardon.” Kuczynski, of course, denies this but it doesn’t really look good.


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