Programs for Japanese-Brazilians/Argentinians from Ibaraki
Over the years, many Japanese people have emigrated to Brazil and Argentina. At present we are running two prefectural projects aimed at these Japanese expatriates.
Previously, this project hosted children of Ibarakians who emigrated to Brazil and Argentina, as researchers at the University of Tsukuba and other universities. It got a new start in 2005, bringing students to various vocational schools and other organizations in Ibaraki. It is hoped that these exchange students will be able to both contribute to the development of their home countries, and act as bridges between their countries and Ibaraki Prefecture.
- Hotel management student from Brazil, at the Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba
- Preschool education student from Argentina, at Lily Kindergarten
Over 5000 Ibarakians have emigrated to Brazil pre- and post-war, and they've formed an association, the Associação Centro Social Ibaraki do Brasil. Through exchange activities with the Associação Centro Social Ibaraki do Brasil, Ibaraki Prefecture is working towards building a better relationship between the two countries. Similar to the Exchange Student Project for Ibarakians in South America but aimed at reaching more people for a shorter time period, the Ibaraki/Brazil Community Leader Exchange Program brings children of Ibarakians who emigrated to Brazil back to visit Ibaraki, cultivating people who will bridge the gap between the two countries.
- 2005: 5 people, from June 1st to 5th
- June 1: Arrival in Ibaraki
- June 2: Visited a soba workshop and a Japanese paper museum
- June 3: Visited Kairakuen park; the Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki; and the governor
- June 4: Visited Kashima Jingū shrine and Maekawa Iris Garden; attended National Arbor Day reception
- June 5: Took part in National Arbor Day
- June 1: