The Nikkei community's view toward Former President Fujimori (Japanese)

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(Japanese) Whatever the crimes charged, Fujimori as the President had supervisory responsibility. He should have been brought to trial or should have provided proof of his innocence instead of returning to Peru in such a grandiose fashion. But he took flight from the country and didn’t come back. On top of that, since he has Japanese citizenship, he was being protected by Japanese government. As seen from the perspective of a Nikkei community, I think, it was very disappointing for most of us. I think that feeling hasn’t really changed, even now. And even when he became the President, many Nikkei didn’t support him. When his presidency ended, rather than being his sympathizers, many remained critical of him. This is still the opinion the majority of the Nikkei people living in Peru hold of him, I think.

Date: May 7, 2007
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Yoko Nishimura
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Alberto Fujimori community Peru politics

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