The first COPANI was held in Mexico in 1981. In its 36 years of existence, the APN has organized a COPANI uninterrupted every two years. Lima will host the XIX COPANI, in the month of November this year.
The XIV COPANI of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was held in conjunction with the XLVIII edition of the Kaigai Nikkeijin Taikai, which was the first one made outside of Japan.
The "Asociación Panamericana Nikkei", APN, is an international, non-profit, political, and religious institution that brings together the Japanese descendants of the continent to promote unity, friendship, integration and mutual cooperation, to form them as Pan-American leaders with an international vision based on the values of their roots, to foster the deep love and well-being of their respective countries, each being better citizens for the sake of their societies, humanity and world peace.
Currently it is made up of Nikkei institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Chile, United States, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. Japan is considered an extra-regional member country.
APN is run by a Directory headed by Mr. Arturo Yoshimoto, representative of the United States and of the Executive Board Mr. Miguel Kashiwagui, representative of Mexico.
Promote and strengthen the union of the Nikkei of America.
Be the entity representing the Pan-American Nikkei.
To promote the welfare of the members of the association, in each Pan American country.
Collect objective historical information on Nikkei cultural development, which is useful to the educational system and the process of each Pan American country.
Collect current data on the way of life and socio-economic levels of Nikkei, emphasizing the contributions and functions they perform in their respective countries.
Promote international cooperation among its members in business projects, resources and exchange of experiences.
To promote the exchange activities of Nikkei international youth.
To establish exchange of scholarships among Nikkei of the Pan American countries.
Promote the spread of Japanese culture in general.
Provide mutual help in cases of emergency or disaster.