|Regions with significant populations|
|Caracas, Puerto La Cruz|
|Spanish, Japanese, English|
|Roman Catholicism and Buddhism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Japanese diaspora, Japanese Americans, Japanese Canadians, Japanese Mexicans, Japanese Paraguayans, Japanese Peruvians, Japanese Brazilians|
Japanese Venezuelans (Spanish: Japonés Venezolano; Japanese: 日系ベネズエラ人 Nikkei Benezuerajin) are Venezuelan citizens who have full or partial Japanese ancestry. The first wave of Japanese came to Venezuela on 1931.
Most Japanese Venezuelans only speak Spanish. Only a selected number can speak Japanese, while those with higher education speak English. There are even a number of Japanese Venezuelan schools that offer English-language teaching to the recent Japanese residents.
The majority of Japanese Venezuelans are Roman Catholic Christians, while the rest are Buddhists.
- Kaori F. Yonekura, filmmaker
- Hanshi Gijin Hiramatsu, martial artist
- Alexander Cabrera Suzuki; baseball player
- Seiko Ishikawa, Diplomat; Japanese Venezuelan
- Tamotsu Imaeda, biomedical researcher
- Seijiro Yazawa, trader
- Hana Kobayashi, singer
- Takako Kodani de Bracho; painter and sculptor
- Sadao Muraki, pianist
- Richard Obuchi, economist
- Mitsuo Ogura, physicist and microscopist
- Yuzo Yonekura, trader
- Yoshikatsu Yoshida, mathematician
- Henry Zakka, actor
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