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.


British India[edit]

Karayuki-san (唐行きさん?, literally "Ms. Gone-to-China" but actually meaning Ms. Gone Abroad") were Japanese women who traveled to or were trafficked to East Asia, Southeast Asia, Manchuria, Siberia and as far as San Francisco in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century to work as prostitutes, courtesans and geisha.[2] In the 19th and early 20th centuries, there was a network of Japanese prostitutes being trafficked across Asia, in countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and British India, in what was then known as the ’Yellow Slave Traffic’.[3] In Karachi and Bombay there were Japanese prostitutes to be found.[4][5]


Bangalore has seen a huge growth of Japanese community in last few years of approx 3000, mostly working in Toyota Kirloskar , Honda, Fujitsu, Komatsu, Hitachi,Tsujikawa,Keihin, and 80 other Japanese corporates.[6] Bangalore attracts over 1800 Japanese business visitors every month.[7] Karnataka government has announced to set up an industrial township on 1,000 acres of land outside Bangalore for Japanese manufacturer.[8] 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.Bangalore has Japanese-style Sakra World Hospital,Kenkos store for lifestyle products,and Japanese friendly Trio World School.[9]

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.[10]


Chennai has a Japanese community of around 1500 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.[11]

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.[12]


List of Japanese international schools in India:

Supplementary programmes:[13]

  • Japanese School of Bangalore
  • Japanese School Educational Trust of Chennai (チェンナイ補習授業校 Chennai Hoshū Jugyō Kō)[14]

The Calcutta Japanese School (カルカタ日本人学校), a day school, previously existed.[15]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  2. ^ 来源:人民网-国家人文历史 (2013-07-10). "日本性宽容:"南洋姐"输出数十万". Ta Kung Pao 大公报. 
  3. ^ Fischer-Tiné, Harald (2003). "'White women degrading themselves to the lowest depths': European networks of prostitution and colonial anxieties in British India and Ceylon ca. 1880–1914". Indian Economic Social History Review 40 (2): 163–90 [175–81]. doi:10.1177/001946460304000202. 
  4. ^ League of Nations (1933). Advisory Commission for the Protection and Welfare of Children and Young People: Traffic in women and children committee. Minutes ... The Committee. p. 69. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ League of Nations; Bascom Johnson (1933). Commission of Enquiry Into Traffic in Women and Children in the East: Report to the Council. Series of League of Nations publications: Social (C. 849. M. 393. 1932. iv. C.T.F.E./ Orient 39). League of Nations. p. 69. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "More Japanese companies root for facilities in Bangalore". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  7. ^ "Bangalore Woos Japanese Visitors". WSJ Blogs - India Real Time. ISTDec 27, 2012. Retrieved 2015-05-25.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ Kulkarni, Mahesh (2010-11-16). "Karnataka plans 'walk to work' industrial townships". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  9. ^ S, Madhumathi D. (April 19, 2014). "Karnataka beckons Japanese companies". The Hindu (in en-IN). ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  10. ^ Japanese dance Bharatanatyam, sing in Kannada
  11. ^ Land of the rising yen
  12. ^ Expats in new India
  13. ^ "アジアの補習授業校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在)" (Archive). Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Retrieved on February 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "学校案内." Japanese School Educational Trust of Chennai. Retrieved on February 14, 2015.
  15. ^ "過去に指定・認定していた在外教育施設" (Archive). Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Retrieved on January 15, 2015.