Follow Us




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.

Tokyo’s Multiplying Ethnic Enclaves

South Korean soccer fans drew people and attention to Tokyo's Koreatown in Shin-Ōkubo during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the years since then, Japan's capital has seen a proliferation of foreign communities.

New Chinatowns Take Root Around Tokyo

A previous article in this series described how a new community of Chinese living in Japan has formed in Ikebukuro. In this installment we look at issues affecting the growth of Chinese communities in Tokyo and the surrounding metropolitan area.

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.

Related articles

Video highlights

New series

  • From our columnists
  • In the news