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When Roseli Okuyama came to Japan from Sao Paulo in 1990 and began working at a plastics manufacturing factory, she had planned to stay for a year and then move to Europe.

“I came to like living here, so I didn’t want to go back,” she said. Her five siblings and their families also live in Japan, and Okuyama said she plans to return to Brazil in two years to care for her 70-year-old mother.

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