June 17, 2008


One hundred years after the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Brazil, the country as a whole has been reflecting on an anniversary that has left a significant legacy.

Numbering an estimated 1.5 million, there are more people of Japanese descent in Brazil than anywhere in the world outside of Japan itself.

From the BBC.

Posted by David on June 17, 2008 9:38 PM


I've always found Japanese-Brazilians fascinating, and was stunned to read several years ago that there were more Japanese Brazilians than there were Japanese Americans.

One thing that I suspected, before I looked at the statistics and the timelines: that immigration to Brazil from Japan got a big boost when America restricted restricted immigration from Japan. Sure enough, the dates and numbers are there.

It's interesting to speculate what would have happened if the JA population in America were twice as big in say, 1941, as it is now. For one thing, the WRA would have needed twice as many camps. Would the federal government have bothered constructing camps for 200,000 people? What would have happened if they had not bothered and left the Japanese Americans to mix with the general public?

Also very interesting to note the miscegenation rates for Japanese Brazilians. They're right up there with the Japanese Americans, and follow the same pace. The JAs might be a few more percentage rates higher for Nissei and later, though.

Posted by: kyle on June 19, 2008 12:05 PM
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