Yukitoshi Minami Shiguematsu


Lives of the Nikkei scholarship 'Dream Come True Project' students ~ Yukitoshi Minami Shiguematsu

Why did you decide to study in Japan?

In Mexico, I studied mechatronics engineering at university, and I wanted to study robotics abroad. One of the main reasons why I decided to come to study in Japan was that it is one of the most advanced countries in terms of robot technology and manufacturing technology. In addition, another reason is that I was able to speak Japanese and had relatives and friends in Japan who could help me.

How is your life in Japan?

My life in Japan can be summed up in three words: safe, convenient and fun. Japan is a very safe country, so I feel very fortunate that there is almost no need to worry about things other than studying. The same happens with convenience. Japan is a livable country because various infrastructures are well developed. In terms of fun, Japan is a country with a cultural richness and there are so many things to experience. I never get bored because each day I can learn something new. On the other hand, coming from a Latin American country, there seem to be something missing in Japan despite all the above. Nevertheless, I can still feel at home despite being far away from home because of the great support from members of NFSA.

Tell us about your present study or research.

I am currently doing my research in biped humanoid robots, specifically in the development of a perception system for the estimation of the states of biped humanoid robots based on the human sensory system. I am now working to design the algorithm capable of estimating the self-location of robots by synthesizing information acquired from various sensors such as cameras mounted in the robots, inertial measurement units (IMU) and encoders.

Did your consciousness as a Nikkei change in any way through studying in Japan?

I should say that my consciousness as a Nikkei has been “strengthened” rather than “changed” through studying in Japan. When I lived in Mexico, I felt that I was not 100% Mexican, and I might feel more comfortable living in Japan. But after I came to Japan and started living in Japanese society, I realized that I am not 100% Japanese either, and I am a Nikkei after all.

What is your dream for the future?

I want to establish my own company specialized in robot technology and support the growth of Mexico and Latin America through the expansion of robots and robotics technology.

Please give a message to students who are considering studying in Japan.

“Press on! Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

-J. Calvin Coolidge