Antonio Kotaro Hayata

Antonio Kotaro Hayata was born in São Paulo and graduated from São Paulo Catholic University (PUC-SP) with an MBA in Finance from Business Administration Foundation (FIA/USP). Today, he is in Japan, working at Kyodai Remittance responsible for the Brazilian market and the Nikkei Network, and in parallel as a legal translator and interpreter. He is a Lawyer from graduation, but finance executive by choice, where he led a career almost entirely focused on financial institutions, always connected with Japan. Crazy for sports in general, especially running and soccer. After the Covid-19 Pandemic, he discovered a new passion in road biking.

Updated October 2021

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Tropical Oshougatsu

Another year is starting! Usually, it is time to reflect on how the year went, on everything we've done, good or bad, planning new plans, wishes and promises for new year. I believe this should not be different for anyone around the world, regardless of culture and religion. However, the way of celebrating New Year's is certainly different in each country, also for me, it is different when I was in Brazil and now in Japan. In Brazil, generally Christmas was celebrated with family and New Year with friends. In my family, however, both Christmas and New Year are celebrated with family. Famil…

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Behind the Scenes of the 61st Convention of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad

Over the weekend of October 30 and 31, 2021, the 61st Convention of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad (Kaigai Nikkeijin Taikai) was held with the theme “The Challenges in the New Era - Connecting Nikkei beyond Space, Time and Generations” and the logo for the International Day of Nikkei was revealed, whose commemorative date was created in 2018 during the 59th Convention held in Hawaii. Organized by the Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad (Kaigai Nikkeijin Kyokai), the convention has been held annually in Japan to promote international exchange, understanding, and friendship, as…

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Nikkei Chronicles #10—Nikkei Generations: Connecting Families & Communities

My relationship with Nihongo

I think that most people who have Japanese origins have had contact with nihongo or colonia-go since childhood. It is a kind of Nikkei dialect in Brazil, where it is a mix between Portuguese and old fashioned nihongo, since it carries the peculiarities and slangs from many parts of old Japan where the immigrants came from (hougen), as a result, an original dialect that is not found in any books, but we can understand each other very easily. I'm very curious to know if other countries with Japanese immigration has something similar. As a Nisei, my Parents tried to connect my brothers and I …

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