Brazil-Japan Migration

A Brief Historical Overview:

Migration from Japan to Brazil

Between 1908 and the mid-1900s, about 200,000 Japanese migrants left behind poverty and unemployment in Japan to work on coffee plantations in Brazil.

Today, Brazil has more than 1.5 million Japanese descendants – the most anywhere in the world outside Japan.

Migration from Brazil to Japan

In 1990, facing a shortage of factory workers, the Japanese government passed a law allowing second- and third-generation Japanese descendants and their families to live and work in Japan.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of Brazilian families have gone to Japan in search of higher salaries and a better life.

The documentary One Day We Arrived in Japan shows the stories of three of these families.