Japan’s Ethnic Enclaves
Yokohama’s Chinatown is one of the oldest foreign enclaves to be established in Japan. During the speculative bubble economy of the late 1980s, South Americans of Japanese ancestry, who came to work in the manufacturing industry, formed communities in different parts of Japan. At present neighborhoods dominated by a new wave of Asians are rapidly taking shape in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. We explore the history and current state of Japan’s ethnic enclaves.
- A New Chinatown Emerges in Tokyo’s IkebukuroYamashita Kiyomi
Chinatowns have existed as ethnic enclaves in Japan since the nation opened its borders to the outside world in the mid-nineteenth century. More recently, as Japan and China build closer economic ties, a new Chinatown is taking shape in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro.