In addition to Keynote Speaker Norman Mineta, there will be other distinguished Nikkei speakers and panelists during the General Session on Friday, September 20th! Let’s learn about them here:

Dr. Arthur K. Miki, CM, OM (Canada)

“Redress, Revitalization, Renewal: A Canadian Experience”

Arthur Miki has had a distinguished career as an educator and community activist. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and later served as principal for 18 years. Throughout his career, Mr. Miki dedicated a considerable amount of time in promoting positive race relations and a greater understanding between peoples, as well as to increase awareness of human rights issues in Canada. He was formerly the vice-chairperson of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and now advisor, president of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (JCAM), and president of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.

Mr. Miki is an active leader in the Japanese Canadian community having served as president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC)  from 1984-1992. He led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War. In 1991 he received this country’s highest recognition, the Order of Canada.  In October 1999 he received an Honourary Doctorate degree from the University of Winnipeg. On July 12, 2012 he received the Order of Manitoba. In 2014 he was awarded the Canadian Race Relations Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 the Harmony Award for leadership and Excellence from the Transformation Institute and Silvertrust Media. In 2017 he received the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japan government.

He is the author of The Japanese Canadian Redress Legacy: A Community Revitalized (2003) and co-author of Shaku of Wondrous Grace: Through the Garden of Yoshimaru Abe (2007). Mr. Miki was Citizenship Judge for Manitoba and Saskatchewan from 1998 to 2008 and was formerly a part time lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, Faculty of  Education.

Carole Hayashino (United States)

Hawaiian Nikkei Experience

Carole Hayashino is a former President and Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Carole helped to bring national attention to Hawai‘i’s World War II internment camps and the preservation of Honouliuli, the longest operating camp in the State. In February 2015, Carole and Jane Kurahara represented JCCH at the White House to witness President Barack Obama sign the executive order to establish the Honouliuli National Monument.  

In 2018, Carole served as a member of the Gannenmono Committee. As a member of the Committee, she produced the short documentary, Gannenmono: Hawaii’s First Japanese Immigrants screened at the June 7th commemoration, facilitated a talk-story with Gannenmono descendants and worked with the State Archives on a special exhibition of historical documents on the Gannenmono immigrants’ recruitment, journey and contract work in Hawai‘i. Carole is also a member of the U.S.-Japan Council, Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Fukuoka Kenjin Kai, United Japanese Society of Honolulu, Japanese Women’s Society Foundation and Yushin Kai.  

Prior to JCCH, Carole served as Vice President for University Advancement at California State University Sacramento and Associate Vice President at San Francisco State University.  She also taught in Asian American Studies and was the Associate National Director for the Japanese American Citizens League where she was involved in the national legislative campaign for redress and reparations.  Her awards include the Japanese American of the Biennium Award in Education and Humanities by the National JACL; Advocacy Award, National Japanese American Historical Society; Marin County Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award; Special Appreciation Award from the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and the Community Leadership Award, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

Alberto Matsumoto (Argentina, Japan)

Latin American Nikkei Experience

Juan Alberto Matsumoto was born in Argentina (1962) and moved to Japan in 1990. He wears multiple hats, including Founding CEO of Idea Network Consulting, Spanish Lecturer at Shizuoka Prefectural Universtiy and Latin American Economy & Law at Dokkyo University (Saitama), Judicial Interpreter at Tokyo & Yokohama Court, JANM (Japanese American National Museum) “Discover Nikkei Programme” Consultant & Columnist (LA, USA), Mercado Latino & Latin-a (Osaka) Magazine’s Columnist, and Latin American Nikkei scholarships’ instructor at JICA Yokohama International Center. He received the Gratitude Award for International Cooperation from the President of JICA in October 2017. He lives in Yokohama City. His articles in English can be found here:

Juan Alberto Matsumoto: Nikkei argentino de 2º generación, en 1990 llega a Japón becado por el gobierno de este país. Luego de obtener su maestría en Derecho Económico y Laboral en la Universidad Nacional de Yokohama forma su propia empresa consultora Idea Network que se especializa también en traducciones jurídicas. Trabaja como intérprete de noticias en la NHK-TVE de España (WN) y también en los tribunales. Es profesor de español en la Facultad de Relaciones Internacionales en la Universidad Prefectural de Shizuoka y de Economía Latinoamericana y Derecho en la Dokkyo University (Saitama) y en los cursos introductorios para los becarios y voluntarios de JICA en JICA Yokohama International Center. Es columnista para las revistas comunitarias Mercado Latino y Latin-a editadas en Japón y para Discover Nikkei de la JANM-Japanese American National Museum, LA, USA. En el 2017 participó como panelista en el Grupo de Expertos de la Cancillería japonesa para la Colaboración de las Comunidades Nikkei de América Latina y contribuyó en la confección del Informe Final. En octubre de 2017 obtuvo el Premio Gratitud a la Cooperación Internacional del Presidente de JICA. Reside en Yokohama. Sus artículos en español:

アルベルト松本氏はアルゼンチン日系二世で、大学卒業後1990年に国費留学生として来日。横浜国立大学大学院国際経済法研究科で修士号取得。渉外法務の翻訳会社イデア・ネットワークの代表、裁判所やNHK-World News Spain TVEの通訳、静岡県立大学国際関係学部スペイン語講師、獨協大学法学部「ラテンアメリカ経済と法」講師、JICA中南米日系研修員やJICA中南米日系社会ボランティア講師、等々。在日日系コミュニティーの「Mercado Latino誌」や「Latin-a誌」、全米日系博物館ディスカバーニッケイの契約コラムニストでもある。2017年の外務省南米課「中南米日系社会との連携に関する有識者懇談会」に参考人として日系人施策について証言し、報告書作成にも協力した。外務省招聘の中南米次世代日系指導者会議の議長も務める。2018年10月、JICA理事長の「JICA国際協力感謝賞」を受賞。横浜市に在住。日本語での記事はこちら:

Sachie Asaka, Ph.D. (Japan)

“Nikkei’s Roles as Bridges between Countries towards Future Development and Prosperity: the 39-year COPANI experience (1981-2019)”

“El rol de los Nikkei para contribuir como puentes entre países hacia el desarrollo y la prosperidad del futuro: experiencias de 39 años de COPANI (1981-2019)”

Sachie ASAKA, Ph.D.
An Associate professor in Latin American Area Studies and Migration Studies at Nanzan University, Nagoya City, Japan, she has recently published two books: Nihonjin to Kaigaiijyu: Imin no Rekishi, Genjyou, Tenbou (The Japanese and Overseas Migration: History of Migration, the present-day Situation and Perspectives), Coedited, Akashi-shoten, 2018, and Kousasuru Manazashi: Ratenamerica no Tayouna Sekai to Nippon (Intersecting Visions: The Diverse Latin American World and Japan), Edited, Korosha, 2019. President of the Japanese Association of Migration Studies 2018-2019. Her mayor work is Chikyuu Jidai no Nihon no Tabunka Kyousei Seisaku: Nanboku Amerika Nikkei Shakai tono Renkei wo Mezashite (Japanese Multicultural Policy in the Globalized Era: Towards a Linkage with Nikkei (Japanese Descendant) Societies in the Americas), Akashi-shoten, 2013.

Sachie ASAKA, Ph.D.
Profesora titular de Estudios de Áreas de Latinoamérica y Estudios de Migración en la Universidad Nanzan, Ciudad de Nagoya, Japón y ha publicado recientemente dos libros de Nihonjin to Kaigaiijyu: Imin no Rekishi, Genjyou, Tenbou (Japoneses y migración de ultramar: Historia de la migración, situaciones reales y perspectivas), Coeditado, Akashi-shoten, 2018 y Kousasuru Manazashi: Latenamerica no Tayouna Sekai to Nippon (Miradas entrecruzadas: Diversidad latinoamericana y Japón), Editado, Korosha, 2019. Presidenta de la Asociación Japonesa de Estudios de Migración 2018-2019. Su mayor trabajo es Chikyuu Jidai no Nihon no Tabunka Kyousei Seisaku: Nanboku Amerika Nikkei Shakai tono Renkei wo Mezashite (Política Multicultural de Japón en la era de globalización: hacia enlace con las sociedades Nikkei (Descendientes Japoneses) en las Américas), Akashi-shoten, 2013.

Dr. Gary Mukai (United States)
Moderator for Panel and Q&A Sessions

Dr. Gary Mukai is Director of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at Stanford University. Prior to joining SPICE in 1988, he was a teacher in Japan and in California. Gary’s academic interests include curriculum and instruction, educational equity, and teacher professional development. Under his leadership, SPICE established the Reischauer Scholars Program, an online class on Japan and U.S.–Japan relations for high school students in the United States in 2003, and Stanford e-Japan, an online course on the United States and U.S.–Japan relations for high school students in Japan in 2015. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.
Gary has published extensively in the area of curriculum focused on U.S.–Japan relations and the Japanese-American experience. Among his publications are curriculum for films such as Days of Waiting: The Life & Art of Estelle Ishigo (Steven Okazaki), Doubles: Japan and America’s Intercultural Children (Regge Life), Wings of Defeat (Risa Morimoto), Diamonds in the Rough: Baseball and Japanese-American Internment (Kerry Nakagawa), Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Liberties (gayle yamada), Citizen Tanouye (Robert Horsting), Mrs. Judo (Yuriko Gamo Romer), and Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story (Regge Life).
In 1997, Gary was the first regular recipient of the Buchanan Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, awarded annually to honor an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Japanese government. In 2017 he was awarded the Alumni Excellence in Education Award by the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Also in 2017, he was the recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from the Japanese government.