Japanese people in Nepal

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Japanese people in Nepal
"Nepāru no nipponjin"
Total population
1,011 (2014)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Japanese · Nepali
Buddhism · Hinduism
Related ethnic groups
Japanese people

There is a small community of Japanese people in Nepal (ネパールの日本人 Nepāru no nipponjin?), mainly comprising expatriates from Japan and Nepalese citizens of Japanese ancestry. As of 2014, there are about 1,011 Japanese nationals in Nepal.


Many Japanese people live or work in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu. The district hosts a Japanese street festival, showcasing Japanese cultural activities, food, and products, organized by Japanese local groups including the Japanese Thamel Association and JICA.[2]

Many recent Japanese arrivals in Nepal are members of medical teams sent to provide surgeries for low-paid Nepalese communities. Most of the costs for medical equipment, supplies and medicines delivered by these teams were covered by charity contributions from Japanese people and companies.[3]


The Kathmandu Japanese Supplementary School is a supplementary programme for Japanese children in Kathmandu.[4]

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