Introduction / History
The Japanese first emigrated to Mexico in the late 1800s to work coffee plantations in Chiapas state. Immigration to Mexico almost stopped in World War II. After the War the Japanese began coming to Mexico again mainly because of companies in Japan having economic investments in Mexico and sending skilled workers.
The main immigration to Mexico was from 1900 to the beginning of World War II. Many were skilled laborers. During the War many were moved from the coasts and from the Mexico and U.S.A. border to Mexico City and other interior cities to prevent any possibility of the Japanese using them as an extra military force. As a result of the War, many Japanese stayed in Mexico as the War had destroyed the Japan they were used to.
After the War, the Japanese began emigrating to Mexico again. From about 1950 to 1978, this was mainly because of their investing in other countries. The Japanese immigration effect is particularly strong in Baja California. Since 1978, many young artists have come from Japan to Mexico and mainly live in Mexico City. They found it easier for their careers to progress in Mexico than in Japan. More people go to museums in Mexico than in Japan.
The Liceo Mexicano Japonés is in Mexico City and some Japanese from different parts of Mexico like to send their children to this school.
The Japanese in Mexico live mainly in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Chiapas, Baja California and Puebla. They speak in Japanese and in Mexican Spanish.
* Pray that the Japanese will not place so much emphasis on materialism and that they will come to Jesus Christ.
Text source: Anonymous