Sadatsuchi Uchida

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Sadatsuchi Uchida (内田 定槌 Uchida Sadatsuchi?, born 1865 in modern-day Kokura - died June 2, 1942) was a Japanese diplomat. He served as consul general in New York in the early 1900s.

Uchida's reports back to Japan of the agricultural conditions in Southeast Texas led to the migration of a number of Japanese businessmen resulting in a positive impact upon the region's agriculture; particularly in the cultivation of rice crops.

Uchida also served in diplomatic postings in Brazil, as envoy to Sweden during the First World War and as high commissioner to the Ottoman Empire. His landmark Tokyo home designed in 1910 by American architect James McDonald Gardiner, is preserved as a landmark feature of the Italian Garden Park in Yamate, Yokohama. [1]

Connection with Rice Cultivation in Southeast Texas[edit]

In 1902, Uchida toured the Gulf Coast region of the United States, most likely looking for agricultural needs that Japanese businessmen could fulfill. At the time, overpopulation and the limited usable land for farming was affecting Japan.[2] In the United States, rice farming was still in its infancy, and local rice farmers were not growing to full potential. Consul Uchida met with officials from the Texas Governor’s office, leaders from Houston, and other business leaders who gave him confidence that the Japanese would be welcomed into the region. Uchida was impressed with the land of the Gulf Coast of Southeast Texas for its rice farming potential.[3]

His reports back to Japan led to many immigrants who would travel to California and Texas in search of agricultural work. Some of the better known of these immigrants were Seito Saibara, who would establish a large colony near Webster, and Kichimatsu Kishi who would establish a colony in Orange County, Texas. These two businessmen were well off in Japan, but decided to come to Texas with their families to work the land. These men and the people they brought with them had a positive impact upon the regions they settled in. This is partially credited to Sadatsuchi Uchida, whose positive outlook sparked the immigration of many, and this enhanced the agriculture of the southern United States as well as Texas.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kawasaki, Satoko; Sayuri Daimon (October 22, 2010). "Diplomat's House". A Victorian Original on Yamate Bluff. Japan Times. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.texas-our-texas.com/Cultgrps1.html
  3. ^ The Japanese Texans
  4. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - JAPANESE