Isami Romero
  • Isami Romero 
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Assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, where he teaches comparative politics, diplomatic history, and Spanish. Born in 1975 in Mexico City. Graduated from Mexico’s Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in 1999 before going on to earn a master’s degree in social and international studies at the University of Tokyo, where he also completed his doctoral research. Has also taught at the University of Tokyo’s Department of Area Studies and Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies. He has translated numerous Japanese literary works into Spanish.
Mexican-Style Maruchan: Japanese Food Overseas as Seen Through the Success of an Instant Ramen Brand2015.08.06

Washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine), designated as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, is growing ever more popular overseas thanks to the legions of health-conscious diners. But what kinds of Japanese food have taken serious root in foreign cultures? Isami Romero looks into the case of Mexico, his homeland, sharing some childhood experiences along the way.

Behind the Mask: Revealing the Ties Between Pro Wrestling in Mexico and Japan2014.12.12

I have lived in Japan for almost 13 years now. Throughout that time, my own name has been a consistent headache. “Romero” may not seem that much of a mouthful, but for some reason people just don’t seem to be able to get it right. It would all have been so much easier if I had been a Martinez, a Cabrera, or a Fernández—all Hispanic surnames more familiar to the Japanese. Then there are those who s…

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