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Focus on Latin America

October 2011

A Love Affair

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Since Japanese emigrants first arrived in Latin America more than 100 years ago, the ethnic Japanese population has grown to some 1.7 million people.

From earlier pioneers, their descendants have become successful businessmen, educators, entrepreneurs, scientists, teachers and farmers.

JICA assisted those early Japanese communities with technical expertise, training and financial assistance. In recent years the agency helped them fully integrate into their national societies but also retain cultural links with the ‘motherland’ by supporting local Japanese communities, Japanese language schools and other social activities.

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