Japanese in Diaspora Community

Nana Uno

 Japanese who live in Japan may not know the fact that there are many Japanese immigrants in many countries. According to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, there are 373,559 Japanese immigrants in the world in 2009. They immigrated into the U.S, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany and other countries all over the world. Into Peru, 33,000 Japanese immigrated between 1899 and 1942. They were denied to access to the capital and Peruvian bank. Therefore they kept their ties, and they even made revolving credit system among their community. Now, they are not denied by Peruvian bank system, but they still get together and have a big community among Japanese in Peru.

Same as in Peru, there is a big Japanese community in British Columbia, Canada. There are many Japanese immigrants in Canada, especially in British Columbia. Their community bases on Buddhism. They meet and have events at temples. However, they are not really religious. They gather at temples and share Japanese culture, but they do not really have religious activity. Similar to Japanese in Peru, Japanese in Canada were excluded from Canada during WWII. In order to stand from exclusions, Japanese get together through Buddhism, but they try to show Buddhism is not anti-Christianity or anti-Canada. In fact, they call the temple “church”. Even after the war ended, Japanese still got together at “church”, and “church” was becoming just a place to get together for Japanese Canadian. Still now, Japanese community in British Columbia bases on Buddhism, however it does not means they are really religious, but it means they get together, share and carry on their culture, and tie up each other through Buddhism.

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