Japanese people in India

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Japanese people in India
"Zai Indo Nihonjin"
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Total population
7,132 (2012)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Bangalore · Chennai · Kolkata · Haldia
Japanese · English · Indian Languages
Buddhism · Shinto · Christianity · Hinduism
Related ethnic groups
Japanese people

There is a small community of Japanese people in India (在インド日本人 Zai Indo Nihonjin?) who are expatriates from Japan or Indian born people of Japanese ancestry. Most of them in live in Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and most notably, Haldia.



Bangalore has a small Japanese community of 400, mostly working in Toyota Kirloskar and over the years they have adopted Bangalore as their second home. Moreover, they have succeeded in attracting many Bangaloreans to know more about Japan and its culture. The growing Japanese influence in the city could be well-gauged from 105 students of Bangalore learning Japanese at the department of foreign languages, Bangalore University.

Japan Habba (Japan Festival) has been held in Bangalore since 2005 and about 1,000 Japanese people from various parts of India travel to Bangalore to join in the festival.[2]


Chennai has a Japanese community of around 700 members. Chennai has traditionally respected and valued Japanese culture and discipline. About a third of the Japanese companies in India have their presence here. Japanese language centers have sprung up and the city’s American International School has opened a center that teaches the language; there are about half a-dozen Japanese restaurants while hotels continue to add Japanese cuisine to their menus.[3]

The number of Japanese expatriates is expected to rise with the development of a 1500-acre Japanese township on the outskirts of Chennai.


The Japanese community of Haldia are mostly engineers and top executives at Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation’s (MCC) PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid) plant in the city. The community have been living in the mini Japanese township called Sataku (Japantown) for many years. Sataku has many Japanese restaurants and a local Japanese news station. Japanese movies are also shown in local theaters. Haldia is the only Indian city to have a Japantown.

The commissioning of the PTA plant and subsequent expansions have seen the arrival of many Japanese executives. While a few have returned, many stayed back in this quaint township, thousands of miles away from their home land. The next phase of expansion promises to bring in more Japanese expatriates to this new industrial hub in West Bengal.[4]


List of Japanese international schools in India:

Supplementary programmes:[5]

The Calcutta Japanese School (カルカタ日本人学校), a day school, previously existed.[6]

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