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.


Those who rent One Day We Arrived in Japan will also gain access to six extra videos:

Two additional migrant stories, which were not included in the film (10 minutes each)

* Marcos, from Brazil to Japan
* Carlos, from Brazil to Japan

Four brief FAQ videos about the history and logistics of Brazil-Japan migration (1 minute each)

* When and why did Japanese migrants go to Brazil?
* Where in Brazil do Japanese descendants live?
* Which Brazilians can go to Japan, and why?
* What do employment agencies do for the Brazilian migrants?


We have received many requests from college professors and high school teachers who would like for their students to see the film as part of courses in various disciplines:

* sociology, social anthropology, ethnography
* international migration studies
* film theory, documentary filmmaking
* psychology, cognitive linguistics
* Latin American studies
* Portuguese language and Brazilian culture
* Japanese language and culture

If you would like to show the film to your class and give your students access to watch it online, you may purchase an academic subscription, which includes access to the film as well as two additional migrant stories and four brief educational videos about Brazil-Japan migration.  The subscription also includes the opportunity for your students to have a Q&A and discussion with the film’s producer and co-director (in person or via Skype, depending on location).

The subscription, which is valid for a period of one year, costs $175 per school.
To purchase an academic subscription to One Day We Arrived in Japan, click HERE