Municipality of Acacoyagua in Chiapas
|• Total||73.9 sq mi (191.3 km2)|
As of 2010, the town of Acacoyagua had a population of 7,515. Other than the town of Acacoyagua, the municipality had 152 localities, the largest of which (with 2010 populations in parentheses) was: Hidalgo (1,209), classified as rural.
The area is notable for being the place where the first organized Japanese immigrants settled in Mexico. In 1897, thirty five initial colonists led by Enomoto Takeaki arrived to work on coffee farms. Making Mexico the first Latin American country to receive Japanese immigrants. Although the coffee endeavor eventually failed, there is still a Japanese community present. Nikkei have become Municipal President, the first being Juvencio Nishizama Cruz in 1954 and the latest being José Martín Normura Hernandez in 2005. The main garden in town has Japanese influences and there is a monument commemorating the Japanese migrants.
- "Acacoyagua". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (2012). "Japan-Mexico foreign relations". MOFA. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
- Jerry Garc’a (27 February 2014). Looking Like the Enemy: Japanese Mexicans, the Mexican State, and US Hegemony, 1897-1945. University of Arizona Press. p. 196. ISBN 0816530254.
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