Vice Japan: The People & Food of the Homi Projects

From Vice Japan, a documentary about Homi Danchi, a suburb in Aichi Prefecture (Japanese with English subtitles):

1972年より造成が開始され、67棟に及ぶ巨大な集合住宅となった愛知県豊田市〈保見団地〉。この団地に住む7000人の住民のうち、約3000人が南米から移り住んだ人々。つまり、ブラジル人やペルー人が隣人として暮らす、日本では異例の移民団地である。

「The People & Food of the Homi Projects」では、この地で生活する自治会会長、ボランティアの方、1990年より団地に移り住んだ日系ブラジル人、そして、大学教授、市役所の方々に、外国人との生活で生じる問題、それに対する取り組みについて聞いた。1990年の入管法改正以降、ブラジル人人口が急増したために起こった変化を、どう受け入れ、対策を講じ、現在に至るのか。

Homi Danchi, which was constructed in stages from 1972, is a massive apartment complex with 67 blocks in Toyota, Nagoya [where Toyota cars are manufactured]. Around 3,000 of the 7,000 residents who live in this housing development are from South America. In other words, this is an extraordinary immigrant suburb where Brazilians and Peruvians live side-by-side with Japanese as neighbors.

In The People & Food of the Homi Projects, we asked the head of the neighborhood association, volunteers, Nikkei Brazilians who have lived in this development since 1990, university professors, and town hall staff about the problems that living with gaikokujin generates, as well as what the measures to tackle those problems were. What changes have occurred since the rapid rise in the Brazilian population since the amendment to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act in 1990? How were the Brazilians accepted into the community? What measures were taken? What is the community like now?

This documentary is a personal favorite.

One of the documentary’s interview subjects is Keisuke Nagoshi, who has produced a photo book called Familia 保見団地:

ブラジル人たちは、日本人と比べてストレートに感情を出すので、そこら中っていったら言い過ぎですけど、よくイチャイチャしてますからね。自分はそうやってストレートに感情を表に出すのが苦手だから、羨ましい部分もあるのかも。

Brazilians are a lot more straighter in terms of their feelings compared to Japanese people, so they are always making out with one another. I’m a little jealous of that, because it’s a little difficult for me to be so straight with my own feelings.