Japanese Uruguayan

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Japanese Uruguayan
Uruguayo japonés
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Total population
375 [1]note
Regions with significant populations
Rioplatense Spanish, Japanese
Roman Catholicism and Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Japanese people, Japanese Argentine, Japanese Americans, Japanese Canadians, Japanese Mexicans, Japanese Paraguayans, Japanese Brazilians

^ note: The population of naturalized Japanese people and their descendants is unknown. Only the number of the permanent residents with Japanese nationality is shown.

Japanese Uruguayans (日系ウルグアイ人 Nikkei Uruguaijin?, Spanish: nipón-uruguayos) are Uruguayan citizens of Japanese ancestry.


The first South American country that Japanese people settled was Brazil. But when Brazil decided to halt Japanese Brazil immigration in 1930s, Uruguay became one of the countries to welcome the Japanese settlers to populate the unpopulated areas.[citation needed] Most of them remained in the capital, Montevideo. When World War II began, there was Anti-Japanese sentiment, especially from German Uruguayans and Italian Uruguayans. Japanese language teaching in schools and newspaper and book publishing in Japanese were prohibited.[citation needed] After the end of the war, hundreds of Japanese refugees were still permitted by Uruguayan government to settle.[citation needed] In recent decades, many Japanese settlers arrived especially as businessmen to profit in the country. In 2008, a ceremony of the 100th anniversary of the Japanese emigration in Uruguay was held.[1]

The 2011 Uruguayan census revealed 186 people who declared Japan as their country of birth.[2]


The majority of Japanese Uruguayans are Roman Catholic Christians, while the rest are Buddhists.


As Genta Dorado said in his book,[3] the japanese cultural activities of most of japanese community and its descendants (generally issei and nisei) takes place at Asociación Japonesa en el Uruguay (Japanese Association in Uruguay).

Notable Japanese Uruguayans[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Princess Takamado in Uruguay (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Immigration to Uruguay" (PDF) (in Spanish). INE. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Genta Dorado, 1993

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