WHAT IS COPANI?

The name COPANI was formed from the Spanish words Convención Panamericana Nikkei which translates to Pan American Nikkei Convention. It is an event held every two years in a member country of the Pan American Nikkei Association (PANA) or Asociación Panamericana Nikkei (APN). PANA/APN is an international, non-profit, non-political, and non-religious institution that brings together Japanese descendants of the Americas. The first convention was held in 1981 in Mexico City after being conceived by the founding president, Mr. Carlos Kasuga.

“Seamos mejores ciudadanos en nuestro continente.” — Don Carlos Kasuga
Translation:  “Let us be better citizens in our continent.” — Mr. Carlos Kasuga

The current member countries of PANA/APN are:
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Dominican Republic
Japan (extra-regional member country)
Mexico
Paraguay
Peru
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela

ABOUT COPANI SAN FRANCISCO 2019

  • It is the 20th biennial COPANI to be held
  • COPANI is returning to the United States for the first time in 18 years
  • San Francisco is the third city in the United States to host COPANI after Los Angeles in 1989 and New York City in 2001

MISSION

Continue the COPANI tradition of exchanging experiences and knowledge by bringing new visions, ideas, and opportunities to our communities with a forward-thinking San Francisco approach to technology.

VISION

Foster a socially, technologically, and commercially well-connected Pan American Nikkei community moving toward the future.

OBJECTIVES

To offer opportunities to engage and interact with other Nikkei through conference lectures, discussions, workshops, cultural and social activities, tours, and more.

To play a vital role in connecting the Nikkei communities world-wide, while paying tribute to the legacy of Issei pioneers who left Japan for opportunities in the Americas, and celebrating the vitality and pride of being Nikkei.

To share our experiences as Japanese immigrants and their descendents with the common and inevitable struggle to preserve our communities.

To support the younger generations growing up in this new digital world by keeping them engaged, and promote their enthusiasm, vision, and creativity which will redefine what it means to be Nikkei.

To develop tangible and innovative take-aways from the event to incubate future projects in participants’ greater communities.

To reach a new level of engagement with new opportunities and areas of focus at this COPANI in order to establish the relevancy of our diaspora to the world-at-large.