1991 年 1991 巻 98 号 p. 97-112,L10
“Nationalism” and “Ethnicity” have returned as international issues, although they were once considered to have been replaced by modernization and globalization. In the case of Japan, there was the Dr. Fujimori boom in the mass media, stressing the birth of the Japanese-Peruvian President of Peru. Successful Mr. Fujimori was looked on as a Japanese citizen, not as a Peruvian. The Republic of Peru has gotten close to us beyond the Pacific Ocean. Our consensus is to take successful people into our group, and the tendency that mass communications are often preoccupied with, focuses on Japanese persons involved in aircraft accidents; this news represents the Japanese way of behavior. Can we Japanese people complete true globalization and not be isolated in international society? Can we go along with other citizens with different languages, values and life-styles?
In revealing international cooperation among the Nikkei (Japanese origin) people as “evolved Japanese”, this article shows historical milestones of how Japanese people living in Japan become mankind. “Ethnicity” (considered to accelerate the segmentation) is reviewed through this case study. The Pan American Nikkei conventions began in 1981, while retaining their own specific identity, they have been able to promote various international cooperative ventures. This investigation analyzes first hand materials: minutes of 5 conventions, pamphlets, invitation letters, local Nikkei newspapers, interviews, and other sources of information gathered from the headquarters of the Pan American Nikkei Association.
I would like to reflect on the many beneficial outcomes of this joint venture—the Pan American Nikkei Association.