The Info List - Japanese American

Japanese Americans
(日系アメリカ人, Nikkei Amerikajin) are Americans
who are fully or partially of Japanese descent, especially those who identify with that ancestry, along with their cultural characteristics. Japanese Americans
were among the three largest Asian American ethnic communities during the 20th century; but, according to the 2000 census, they have declined in number to constitute the sixth largest Asian American
Asian American
group at around 1.3 million, including those of partial ancestry.[1] According to the 2010 census, the largest Japanese American communities were found in California
with 272,528, Hawaii
with 185,502, New York with 37,780, Washington with 35,008, Illinois
with 17,542, and Ohio
with 16,995.[4] Southern California
has the largest Japanese American population in North America, and the city of Torrance holds the densest Japanese American population in the 48 contiguous states.[5][6]


1 History

1.1 Immigration 1.2 Internment and redress

2 Cultural profile

2.1 Generations 2.2 Languages 2.3 Education

2.3.1 Schools for Japanese Americans
and Japanese nationals

2.4 Intermarriage 2.5 Religion 2.6 Celebrations

3 Politics 4 Genetics

4.1 Risk for inherited diseases

5 Japanese Americans
by state

5.1 California 5.2 Connecticut 5.3 Georgia 5.4 Hawaii 5.5 Illinois 5.6 Michigan 5.7 New Jersey 5.8 Virginia

6 Neighborhoods and communities

6.1 The West Coast 6.2 Outside the West Coast

7 Notable people

7.1 Politics 7.2 Science and technology 7.3 Art and literature 7.4 Music 7.5 Sports 7.6 Entertainment and media

8 Works about Japanese Americans 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading

11.1 In Hawaii

12 External links

History[edit] Main articles: Japanese-American history, Japanese-American life before World War II, and Japanese-American life after World War II Immigration[edit]

A street in Seattle's Nihonmachi in 1909

People from Japan
began migrating to the US in significant numbers following the political, cultural, and social changes stemming from the Meiji Restoration
Meiji Restoration
in 1868. Large numbers went to Hawaii
and later the West Coast. In 1907, the "Gentlemen's Agreement" between the governments of Japan
and the US ended immigration of Japanese unskilled workers, but permitted the immigration of businessmen, students and spouses of Japanese immigrants already in the US. The Immigration Act of 1924
Immigration Act of 1924
banned the immigration of nearly all Japanese. The ban on immigration produced unusually well-defined generational groups within the Japanese American community. Original immigrants belonged to an immigrant generation, the Issei, and their US-born children to the Nisei
Japanese American-generation. The Issei comprised exclusively those who had immigrated before 1924. Because no new immigrants were permitted, all Japanese Americans
born after 1924 were—by definition—born in the US. This generation, the Nisei, became a distinct cohort from the Issei
generation in terms of age, citizenship, and English-language ability, in addition to the usual generational differences. Institutional and interpersonal racism led many of the Nisei
to marry other Nisei, resulting in a third distinct generation of Japanese Americans, the Sansei. Significant Japanese immigration did not occur again until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 ended 40 years of bans against immigration from Japan
and other countries. The Naturalization Act of 1790 restricted naturalized United States citizenship to "free white persons", which excluded the Issei
from citizenship. As a result, the Issei
were unable to vote and faced additional restrictions such as the inability to own land under many state laws. Japanese Americans
were parties in several important Supreme Court decisions, including Ozawa v. United States
Ozawa v. United States
(1922) and Korematsu v. United States
Korematsu v. United States
(1943). The Korematsu case originated the "strict scrutiny" standard, which is applied, with great controversy, in government considerations of race since the 1989 Adarand Constructors v. Peña decision. In recent years, immigration from Japan
has been more like that from Western Europe. The numbers involve on average 5 to 10 thousand per year, and is similar to the amount of immigration to the US from Germany. This is in stark contrast to the rest of Asia, where family reunification is the primary impetus for immigration. Japanese Americans
also have the oldest demographic structure of any non-European ethnic group in the US. Internment and redress[edit] Main articles: Internment of Japanese Americans
and Japanese American redress and court cases

Families of Japanese ancestry being removed from Los Angeles
Los Angeles
during World War II

During World War II, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans
and Japanese nationals or citizens residing on the West Coast of the United States were forcibly interned in ten different camps across the western interior of the country. The internments were based on the race or ancestry rather than activities of the interned. Families, including children, were interned together. Decades later, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 officially acknowledged the "fundamental violations of the basic civil liberties and constitutional rights" of the internment.[7] Many Japanese- Americans
consider the term internment camp a euphemism and prefer to refer to the forced relocation of Japanese- Americans
as imprisonment in concentration camps.[8] Webster's New World Fourth College Edition defines a concentration camp as, "A prison camp in which political dissidents, members of minority ethnic groups, etc. are confined." Cultural profile[edit] Generations[edit] The nomenclature for each of their generations who are citizens or long-term residents of countries other than Japan, used by Japanese Americans
and other nationals of Japanese descent are explained here; they are formed by combining one of the Japanese numbers
Japanese numbers
corresponding to the generation with the Japanese word for generation (sei 世). The Japanese American communities have themselves distinguished their members with terms like Issei, Nisei, and Sansei, which describe the first, second, and third generations of immigrants. The fourth generation is called Yonsei (四世), and the fifth is called Gosei (五世). The term Nikkei (日系) encompasses Japanese immigrants in all countries and of all generations.

Generation Summary

(一世) The generation of people born in Japan
who later immigrated to another country.

(二世) The generation of people born in North America, Latin America, Hawaii, or any country outside Japan
either to at least one Issei
or one non-immigrant Japanese parent.

(三世) The generation of people born in North America, Latin America, Hawaii, or any country outside Japan
to at least one Nisei

Yonsei (四世) The generation of people born in North America, Latin America, Hawaii, or any country outside Japan
to at least one Sansei

Gosei (五世) The generation of people born in North America, Latin America, Hawaii, or any country outside Japan
to at least one Yonsei parent.

The kanreki (還暦), a pre-modern Japanese rite of passage to old age at 60, is now being celebrated by increasing numbers of Japanese American Nisei. Rituals are enactments of shared meanings, norms, and values; and this traditional Japanese rite of passage highlights a collective response among the Nisei
to the conventional dilemmas of growing older.[9] Languages[edit] See also: Japanese language
Japanese language
education in the United States Issei
and many nisei speak Japanese in addition to English as a second language. In general, later generations of Japanese Americans
speak English as their first language, though some do learn Japanese later as a second language. In Hawaii
however, where Nikkei are about one-fifth of the whole population, Japanese is a major language, spoken and studied by many of the state's residents across ethnicities.[citation needed] It is taught in private Japanese language schools as early as the second grade. As a courtesy to the large number of Japanese tourists (from Japan), Japanese characters are provided on place signs, public transportation, and civic facilities. The Hawaii
media market has a few locally produced Japanese language
Japanese language
newspapers and magazines, although these are on the verge of dying out, due to a lack of interest on the part of the local (Hawaii-born) Japanese population. Stores that cater to the tourist industry often have Japanese-speaking personnel. To show their allegiance to the US, many nisei and sansei intentionally avoided learning Japanese. But as many of the later generations find their identities in both Japan
and America or American society broadens its definition of cultural identity, studying Japanese is becoming more popular than it once was.[citation needed] Education[edit] Japanese American culture places great value on education and culture. Across generations, children are often instilled with a strong desire to enter the rigors of higher education. Math and reading scores on the SAT
and ACT may often exceed the national averages. Japanese Americans
have the largest showing of any ethnic group in nationwide Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement
testing each year.[citation needed] A large majority of Japanese Americans
obtain post-secondary degrees. Japanese Americans
often face the "model minority" stereotype that they are dominant in math- and science-related fields in colleges and universities across the United States. In reality, however, there is an equal distribution of Japanese Americans
between the arts and humanities and the sciences.[citation needed] Although their numbers have declined slightly in recent years, Japanese Americans
are still a prominent presence in Ivy League schools, the top University of California
campuses including UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley
and UCLA, and other elite universities.[citation needed] The 2000 census reported that 40.8% of Japanese Americans
held a college degree.[10] Schools for Japanese Americans
and Japanese nationals[edit]

Nihon Go Gakko in Seattle

Seigakuin Atlanta International School
Seigakuin Atlanta International School
on March 23, 2014


Oakland, NJ

Greenwich, CT

Keio Academy

Nishiyamato Academy

Seigakuin Atlanta

Meiji Gakuin

Locations of Japanese day schools (nihonjin gakkō and shiritsu zaigai kyoiku shisetsu) in the continental United States approved by the Japanese MEXT
(gray dots represent closed schools)

A Japanese school opened in Hawaii
in 1893 and other Japanese schools for temporary settlers in North America followed.[11] In the years prior to World War II, many second generation Japanese American attended the American school by day and the Japanese school in the evening to keep up their Japanese skill as well as English. Other first generation Japanese American parents were worried that their child might go through the same discrimination when going to school so they gave them the choice to either go back to Japan
to be educated, or to stay in America with their parents and study both languages.[12][page needed] Anti-Japanese sentiment during World War I resulted in public efforts to close Japanese-language schools. The 1927 Supreme Court case Farrington v. Tokushige
Farrington v. Tokushige
protected the Japanese American community's right to have Japanese language
Japanese language
private institutions. During the internment of Japanese Americans
in World War II many Japanese schools were closed. After the war many Japanese schools reopened.[13] There are primary school-junior high school Japanese international schools within the United States. Some are classified as nihonjin gakkō or Japanese international schools operated by Japanese associations,[14] and some are classified as Shiritsu zaigai kyōiku shisetsu (私立在外教育施設) or overseas branches of Japanese private schools.[15] They are: Seigakuin Atlanta International School, Chicago
Futabakai Japanese School, Japanese School of Guam, Nishiyamato Academy of California
near Los Angeles, Japanese School of New Jersey, and New York Japanese School. A boarding senior high school, Keio Academy of New York, is near New York City. It is a Shiritsu zaigai kyōiku shisetsu.[15] There are also supplementary Japanese educational institutions (hoshū jugyō kō) that hold Japanese classes on weekends. They are located in several US cities.[16] The supplementary schools target Japanese nationals and second-generation Japanese Americans
living in the United States. There are also Japanese heritage schools for third generation and beyond Japanese Americans.[17] Rachel Endo of Hamline University,[18] the author of "Realities, Rewards, and Risks of Heritage-Language Education: Perspectives from Japanese Immigrant Parents in a Midwestern Community," wrote that the heritage schools "generally emphasize learning about Japanese American historical experiences and Japanese culture in more loosely defined terms".[19] Tennessee Meiji Gakuin High School
Tennessee Meiji Gakuin High School
(shiritsu zaigai kyōiku shisetsu) and International Bilingual School (unapproved by the Japanese Ministry of Education or MEXT) were full-time Japanese schools that were formerly in existence. Intermarriage[edit]

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Before the 1960s, the trend of Japanese Americans
marrying partners outside their racial or ethnic group was generally low, as well a great many traditional Issei
parents encouraged Nisei
to marry only within their ethnic/cultural group. Arrangements to purchase and invite picture brides from Japan
to relocate and marry Issei
or Nisei males was commonplace.[citation needed] In California
and other western states until the end of World War II, there were attempts to make it illegal for Japanese and other Asian Americans
to marry European Americans, but those laws were declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, like the anti-miscegenation laws which prevented European Americans
from marrying African Americans
in the 1960s. According to a 1990 statistical survey by the Japan
Society of America, the Sansei
or third generations have an estimated 20 to 30 percent out-of-group marriage, while the 4th generation or Yonsei approaches nearly 50 percent. During the World War II
World War II
Internment era, the U.S. Executive Order 9066 had an inclusion of orphaned infants with "one drop of Japanese blood" (as explained in a letter by one official) or the order stated anyone at least one-sixteenth Japanese (descended from any intermarriage) lends credence to the argument that the measures were racially motivated, rather than a military necessity. There were sizable numbers of Korean-Japanese, Chinese-Japanese, Filipino-Japanese, Mexican-Japanese, Native Hawaiian-Japanese and Cherokee-Japanese in California
according to the 1940 U.S. Census who were eligible for internment as "Japanese" to indicate the first stage of widespread intermarriage of Japanese Americans, including those who passed as "white" or half-Asian/European. Religion[edit] Japanese Americans
practice a wide range of religions, including Mahayana Buddhism
(Jōdo Shinshū, Jōdo-shū, Nichiren, Shingon, and Zen
forms being most prominent) their majority faith, Shinto, and Christianity. In many ways, due to the longstanding nature of Buddhist and Shinto
practices in Japanese society, many of the cultural values and traditions commonly associated with Japanese tradition have been strongly influenced by these religious forms.

San Jose Betsuin Buddhist Temple.

A large number of the Japanese American community continue to practice Buddhism
in some form, and a number of community traditions and festivals continue to center around Buddhist institutions. For example, one of the most popular community festivals is the annual Obon
Festival, which occurs in the summer, and provides an opportunity to reconnect with their customs and traditions and to pass these traditions and customs to the young. These kinds of festivals are mostly popular in communities with large populations of Japanese Americans, such as Southern California
and Hawaii. It should be noted however, that a reasonable number of Japanese people
Japanese people
both in and out of Japan
are secular, as Shinto
and Buddhism
are most often practiced by rituals such as marriages or funerals, and not through faithful worship, as defines religion for many Americans. Many Japanese Americans
also practice Christianity. Among mainline denominations the Presbyterians have long been active. The First Japanese Presbyterian Church of San Francisco opened in 1885.[20] There is also the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society (JEMS) formed in the 1950s. It operates Asian American
Asian American
Christian Fellowships (AACF) programs on university campuses, especially in California.[21] The Japanese language
Japanese language
ministries are fondly known as "Nichigo" in Japanese American Christian communities. The newest trend includes Asian American
Asian American
members who do not have a Japanese heritage.[22] Celebrations[edit] An important annual festival for Japanese Americans
is the Obon Festival, which happens in July or August of each year. Across the country, Japanese Americans
gather on fair grounds, churches and large civic parking lots and commemorate the memory of their ancestors and their families through folk dances and food. Carnival booths are usually set up so Japanese American children have the opportunity to play together. Japanese American celebrations tend to be more sectarian in nature and focus on the community-sharing aspects.

A nebuta float during Nisei
Week in Los Angeles

Kazari streamers hung during the Tanabata
festival in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo

Bon Odori in Seattle

A kagami mochi display for the upcoming Japanese New Year
Japanese New Year
in San Diego's Nijiya Market

Major celebrations in the United States

Date Name Region

January 1 Shōgatsu New Year's Celebration Nationwide

February Japanese Heritage Fair Honolulu, HI

February to March Cherry Blossom Festival Honolulu, HI

March 3 Hinamatsuri
(Girls' Day) Hawaii

March Honolulu Festival Honolulu, HI

March Hawaiʻi International Taiko
Festival Honolulu, HI

March International Cherry Blossom Festival Macon, GA

March to April National Cherry Blossom Festival Washington, DC

April Northern California
Cherry Blossom Festival San Francisco, CA

April Pasadena Cherry Blossom Festival Pasadena, CA

April Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival Seattle, WA

May 5 Tango no Sekku
Tango no Sekku
(Boys' Day) Hawaii

May Shinnyo-En Toro-Nagashi (Memorial Day Floating Lantern Ceremony) Honolulu, HI

June Pan-Pacific Festival Matsuri
in Hawaiʻi Honolulu, HI

July 7 Tanabata
(Star Festival) Nationwide

July–August Obon
Festival Nationwide

August Nihonmachi Street Fair San Francisco, CA

August Nisei
Week Los Angeles, CA

Politics[edit] Japanese Americans
have shown strong support for candidates in both political parties. Shortly prior to the 2004 US presidential election, Japanese Americans
narrowly favored Democrat John Kerry
John Kerry
by a 42% to 38% margin over Republican George W. Bush.[23] In the 2008 US presidential election, the National Asian American
Asian American
Survey found that Japanese American favored Democrat Barack Obama
Barack Obama
by a 62% to 16% margin over Republican John McCain, while 22% were still undecided.[24] Genetics[edit] The distribution of the Y-chromosome among Japanese males is a lot different from the males of neighboring countries, such as in Taiwanese males. The Y chromosome is directly correlated to Asian populations, especially in Japanese Americans. The chromosome addition of Y Alu polymorphic element is only displayed in Japanese American men. People of Japanese descent show the highest frequency of the haplogroup O3a5. Haplogroups are groups of genetic populations that share a common ancestor, paternally or maternally. The frequency of this haplogroup is about 5% higher than its frequency in other Asian groups such as Koreans, Manchus, and other Northeast Asians. The Japanese DNA sequence consists of 24.2% Korean, 16.1% Okinawa, 4.8% Uniquely Japanese, 25.8% Chinese, 8.1% Ainu, and 21% Unidentified. With the Ainu, there has been research that that group were descendants of the caucasian group. The Ainu people were the key to the Japanese genetic origins because researchers found an exact DNA match with the Ainu and the Jomon Japanese to conclude the Ainu rooted all the way back to the Jomon.[25] From mainland Japanese people, the MtDNA haplogroup frequencies are most occurring in the D4 haplogroup, with about 33%, with the second largest frequency in the B4 haplogroup, containing about 9%, and the third largest frequency in the M7a haplogroup, occurring at about 8%. The rest of the other haplogroup frequencies are much smaller than D4, with frequencies ranging from about 3-5%, consisting of mostly N9a, M8, and M9 haplogroups. Between the different Japanese populations, the Yayoi population has the highest haplogroup frequencies of the D4 haplogroup. The Jomon Japanese group has the highest frequency of the N9b haplogroup. In modern Japanese Americans, the highest haplogroup frequency is in the D4 haplogroup, the same as the Yayoi Japanese population. In Okinawa Japanese populations, the highest frequency of haplogroups is the D haplogroup, with the M7a haplogroup frequency directly behind. Of the Ainu Japanese population, the highest haplogroup frequency occurs in the G haplogroup, with an even distribution of frequency in the M7a and Y haplogroups. Lastly, for mainland Japanese populations, the D haplogroup presents the highest frequency.[26][27] In Japanese Americans, the biggest components are Chinese, Korean, and Okinawan. People of Japanese descent show two pre-Yayoi ancestral Y chromosome lineages descended from Paleolithic people who had been isolated on the mainland of Japan. Studies of the mitochondrial component of Japanese American genes of haplogroup M12 shows a direct correlation of Japanese haplotypes with Tibetans. Other haplotypes that early descents of Japanese people
Japanese people
were thought to be carried into include C-M8, which is another Y-chromosome haplotype. Also going back to the Jomon, that gene is displayed in high frequencies in people of Japanese descent. The estimated percentage of this type of gene in Japanese Americans
is about 34.7%. The highest frequencies occur in Okinawans and Hokkaidos.[28] Overall, the genetic makeup of Japanese Americans
show very mixed origins of genes, all due to the result of migrations of the Japanese ancestors in the past. Risk for inherited diseases[edit] Studies have looked into the risk factors that are more prone to Japanese Americans, specifically in hundreds of family generations of Nisei
(The generation of people born in North America, Latin America, Hawaii, or any country outside Japan
either to at least one Issei
or one non-immigrant Japanese parent) second-generation pro-bands (A person serving as the starting point for the genetic study of a family, used in medicine and psychiatry). The risk factors for genetic diseases in Japanese Americans
include coronary heart disease and diabetes. One study, called the Japanese American Community Diabetes Study that started in 1994 and went through 2003, involved the pro-bands taking part to test whether the increased risk of diabetes among Japanese Americans
is due to the effects of Japanese Americans having a more westernized lifestyle due to the many differences between the United States of America and Japan. One of the main goals of the study was to create an archive of DNA samples which could be used to identify which diseases are more susceptible in Japanese Americans. Concerns with these studies of the risks of inherited diseases in Japanese Americans
is that information pertaining to the genetic relationship may not be consistent with the reported biological family information given of Nisei
second generation pro-bands.[29] Also, research has been put on concerning apolipoprotein E genotypes; this polymorphism has three alleles (*e2, *e3, and *e4)and was determined from research because of its known association with increased cholesterol levels and risk of coronary heart disease in Japanese Americans. Specifically too, the apolipoprotein *e4 allele is linked to Alzheimer’s disease as well. Also, there is increased coronary heart disease in Japanese-American men with a mutation in the cholesterol ester transfer protein gene despite having increased levels of HDL. By definition, HDL are plasma high density lipoproteins that show a genetic relationship with coronary heart disease (CHD). The cholesterol ester transfer protein(CETP) helps the transfer of cholesterol esters from lipoproteins to other lipoproteins in the human body. It plays a fundamental role in the reverse transport of cholesterol to the liver, which is why a mutation in this can lead to coronary heart disease. Studies have shown that the CETP is linked to increased HDL levels. There is a very common pattern of two different cholesterol ester transfer protein gene mutations (D442G, 5.1%; intron 14G:A, 0.5%) found in about 3,469 Japanese American men. This was based off a program called the Honolulu Heart Program. The mutations correlated with decreased CETP levels (-35%) and increased HDL cholesterol levels (+10% for D442G). The relative risk of CHD was 1.43 in men with mutations (P<0.05), and after research found for CHD risk factors, the relative risk went up to 1.55 (P=0.02); after further adjustments for HDL levels, the relative risk went up again to 1.68 (P=0.008). Genetic CETP deficiency is an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease, which is due mainly to increased CHD risks in Japanese American men with the D442G mutation and lipoprotein cholesterol levels between 41 and 60 mg/dl.[30] With research and investigations, the possibility of finding “bad genes” denounces the Japanese Americans
and will be associated only with Japanese American ancestry, leading to other issues the Japanese Americans
had to deal with in the past such as discrimination and prejudice.[31] Japanese Americans
by state[edit]

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California[edit] See also: History of the Japanese in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and History of the Japanese in San Francisco In the early 1900s, Japanese Americans
established fishing communities on Terminal Island
Terminal Island
and in San Diego.[32] By 1923, there were two thousand Japanese fishermen sailing out of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Harbor.[33] By the 1930s, legislation was passed that attempted to limit Japanese fishermen. Still, areas like San Francisco's Japan
Town managed to thrive. Due to the internment of Japanese Americans
during World War II, historically Japanese areas fell into disrepair or became adopted by other minority groups (in the case of Black and Latino populations in Little Tokyo). Boats owned by Japanese Americans
were confiscated by the U.S. Navy.[34] One of the vessels owned by a Japanese American, the Alert, built in 1930,[35] became YP-264 in December 1941,[32] and was finally struck from the Naval Vessel Register
Naval Vessel Register
in 2014.[36] When Japanese Americans
returned from internment, many settled in neighborhoods where they set up their own community centers in order to feel accepted. Today, many have been renamed cultural centers and focus on the sharing of Japanese culture with local community members, especially in the sponsorship of Obon
festivals.[37] The city of Torrance in Greater Los Angeles
Los Angeles
has headquarters of Japanese automakers and offices of other Japanese companies. Because of the abundance of Japanese restaurants and other cultural offerings are in the city, and Willy Blackmore of L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
wrote that Torrance was "essentially Japan's 48th prefecture".[38] Connecticut[edit] The Japanese School of New York
Japanese School of New York
is located in Greenwich, Connecticut in Greater New York City; it had formerly been located in New York City. Georgia[edit] The Seigakuin Atlanta International School
Seigakuin Atlanta International School
is located in Peachtree Corners in Greater Atlanta. Hawaii[edit] Main article: Japanese in Hawaii Illinois[edit] As of 2011 there is a Japanese community in Arlington Heights, near Chicago. Jay Shimotake, the president of the Mid America Japanese Club, an organization located in Arlington Heights, said "Arlington Heights is a very convenient location, and Japanese people
Japanese people
in the business environment know it's a nice location surrounding O'Hare airport."[39] The Chicago Futabakai Japanese School
Chicago Futabakai Japanese School
is located in Arlington Heights. The Mitsuwa Marketplace, a shopping center owned by Japanese, opened around 1981. Many Japanese companies have their US headquarters in nearby Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.[39] Michigan[edit] As of April 2013, the largest Japanese national population in Michigan is in Novi, with 2,666 Japanese residents, and the next largest populations are respectively in Ann Arbor, West Bloomfield Township, Farmington Hills, and Battle Creek. The state has 481 Japanese employment facilities providing 35,554 local jobs. 391 of them are in Southeast Michigan, providing 20,816 jobs, and the 90 in other regions in the state provide 14,738 jobs. The Japanese Direct Investment Survey of the Consulate-General of Japan, Detroit
Consulate-General of Japan, Detroit
stated that over 2,208 more Japanese residents were employed in the State of Michigan as of October 1, 2012, than had been in 2011.[40] New Jersey[edit] As of March 2011 about 2,500 Japanese Americans
combined live in Edgewater and Fort Lee; this is the largest concentration of Japanese Americans
in the state.[41] The New Jersey Japanese School
The New Jersey Japanese School
is located in Oakland. Virginia[edit] There are about 5,500 Japanese Americans
in Northern Virginia, representing the majority of Japanese Americans
in the state and the multi-state Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. A small, but relatively high number of Japanese Americans
can be found areas surrounding the University of Virginia
University of Virginia
and Virginia Tech. Neighborhoods and communities[edit]

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See also: Japantown
and List of U.S. cities with large Japanese-American populations The West Coast[edit]


See also: Japanese in Hawaii


Little Tokyo Village in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo

Southern California:

Los Angeles, includes the Little Tokyo section Anaheim and Orange County[42] Cerritos, Fullerton and adjacent cities Fontana in the Inland Empire Gardena in Los Angeles' South Bay area Long Beach, California
– historic Japanese fisheries presence in Terminal Island Pasadena in the Los Angeles' San Gabriel Valley Palm Desert, the Japanese also developed the year-round agricultural industries in the Coachella Valley
Coachella Valley
and Imperial Valley Sawtelle, California, in West Los Angeles Torrance in Los Angeles' South Bay area

San Diego
San Diego

University City Chula Vista Japanese community center in Vista in North County, one of two of its kind in Southern California

Central Valley, California

Bakersfield / Kern County. Fresno, 5% of county residents have Japanese ancestry Merced Stockton Butte County Sutter County

Miyako Mall in San Francisco's Japantown

San Francisco Bay Area, the main concentration of Nisei
and Sansei
in the 20th century:

Alameda County, concentrated and historic populations in the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont, Oakland, and Hayward Contra Costa County, concentrated in Walnut Creek San Mateo County, especially Daly City and Pacifica San Jose, has one of the three remaining officially recognized Japantowns in North America Santa Clara County, concentrated in Cupertino, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale San Francisco, notably in the Japantown
district, the largest Japanese community in North America[43] Santa Cruz County

Monterey County, especially Salinas, California Sacramento and the neighborhoods of Florin and Walnut Grove

Uwajimaya Village in Seattle

Washington State:

Seattle area Bellevue Redmond Tacoma

Puget Sound region (San Juan Islands) have Japanese fisheries for over a century Skagit Valley
Skagit Valley
of Washington Yakima Valley, Washington Chehalis Valley of Washington Oregon:

Portland and surrounding area Willamette Valley


Boise Area Meridian Nampa Caldwell


Phoenix Area, notably a section of Grand Avenue in Northwest Phoenix, and Maryvale Las Vegas Area, with a reference of Japanese farmers on Bonzai Slough, Arizona near Needles, California Southern Arizona, part of the "exclusion area" for Japanese internment during World War II
World War II
along with the Pacific coast states Yuma County, Arizona

Outside the West Coast[edit] On the East Coast of the United States, the New York metropolitan area has the highest number of Japanese Americans, followed by the Washington metropolitan area.[44]

Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia
and Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria, Virginia
(the Northern Virginia region) Bergen County, New Jersey Boone County, Kentucky Boston, Massachusetts Cambridge, Massachusetts Chicago, Illinois
and suburbs:

Arlington Heights Buffalo Grove Evanston Elk Grove Heights and nearby Elk Grove Village Kane County Naperville Schaumburg Skokie Wilmette

Denver, Colorado, note Sakura Square Gallup, New Mexico, in World War II
World War II
the city fought to prevent the internment of its 800 Japanese residents Grand Prairie, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
(the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
area) Greeley, Colorado New York City, New York, according to the Japanese Embassy of the USA, over 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry live in the NYC metro area, including South Shore (Long Island)
South Shore (Long Island)
and Hudson Valley; Fairfield County, Connecticut and Northern New Jersey Columbus, Ohio Novi, Michigan Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
with the suburbs of Chester County Pueblo, Colorado Salem, New Jersey
Salem, New Jersey
and Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
(see Delaware Valley) Seabrook Farms, New Jersey[45] Salt Lake City, Utah Washington, DC

Notable people[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see List of Japanese Americans. Politics[edit]

Senator Inouye of Hawaii
was the President pro tempore of the United States Senate and the highest ranking Asian American
Asian American
in congressional history.

After the Territory of Hawaiʻi's statehood in 1959, Japanese American political empowerment took a step forward with the election of Daniel K. Inouye to Congress. Spark Matsunaga
Spark Matsunaga
was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1963, and in 1965 Patsy Mink
Patsy Mink
became the first Asian American woman elected to the United States Congress. Inouye, Matsunaga, and Mink's success led to the gradual acceptance of Japanese American leadership on the national stage, culminating in the appointments of Eric Shinseki
Eric Shinseki
and Norman Y. Mineta, the first Japanese American military chief of staff and federal cabinet secretary, respectively. Japanese American members of the United States House of Representatives have included Daniel K. Inouye, Spark Matsunaga, Patsy Mink, Norman Mineta, Bob Matsui, Pat Saiki, Mike Honda, Doris Matsui, Mazie Hirono, Mark Takano, and Mark Takai. Japanese American members of the United States Senate have included Daniel K. Inouye, Samuel I. Hayakawa, Spark Matsunaga, and Mazie Hirono. In 2010, Inouye was sworn in as President Pro Tempore making him the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in American history. George Ariyoshi
George Ariyoshi
served as the Governor of Hawaiʻi from 1974 to 1986. He was the first American of Asian descent to be elected governor of a state of the United States. David Ige
David Ige
is the current governor of Hawaii
and has served in that office since 2014. Science and technology[edit]

Yoichiro Nambu, the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Many Japanese Americans
have also gained prominence in science and technology. In 1979, biochemist Harvey Itano
Harvey Itano
became the first Japanese American elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences. Charles J. Pedersen
Charles J. Pedersen
won the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his methods of synthesizing crown ethers. Yoichiro Nambu
Yoichiro Nambu
won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum chromodynamics and spontaneous symmetry breaking. Shuji Nakamura
Shuji Nakamura
won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes. Michio Kaku
Michio Kaku
is a theoretical physicist specializing in string field theory, and a well-known science popularizer. Ellison Onizuka
Ellison Onizuka
became the first Asian American
Asian American
astronaut and was the mission specialist aboard Challenger at the time of its explosion. Immunologist Santa J. Ono became the first Japanese American president of a major research university University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
and subsequently University of British Columbia. Bell M. Shimada
Bell M. Shimada
was a notable fisheries scientist of the 1950s after whom the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
research ship NOAAS Bell M. Shimada
Bell M. Shimada
(R 227) and the Shimada Seamount in the Pacific Ocean were named.[46][47] Art and literature[edit] In the arts, Minoru Yamasaki
Minoru Yamasaki
was the architect of the World Trade Center. Artist Sueo Serisawa
Sueo Serisawa
helped establish the California Impressionist style of painting. Other influential Japanese American artists include Chiura Obata, Isamu Noguchi, Kenjiro Nomura, George Tsutakawa, George Nakashima, Hideo Noda, and Ruth Asawa.

1984 American Book Award winner Miné Okubo

Japanese American recipients of the American Book Award include Milton Murayama, Ronald Phillip Tanaka, Miné Okubo, Keiho Soga, Taisanboku Mori, Sojin Takei, Muin Ozaki, Toshio Mori, William Minoru Hohri, Karen Tei Yamashita, Sheila Hamanaka, Lawson Fusao Inada, Ronald Takaki, Kimiko Hahn, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Ruth Ozeki, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and Yuko Taniguchi. Hisaye Yamamoto received an American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1986. Cynthia Kadohata
Cynthia Kadohata
won the Newbery Medal
Newbery Medal
in 2005. Poet laureate of San Francisco Janice Mirikitani
Janice Mirikitani
has published three volumes of poems. Lawson Fusao Inada
Lawson Fusao Inada
was named poet laureate of the state of Oregon. Michi Weglyn and Ronald Takaki
Ronald Takaki
received Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards in 1977 and 1994 respectively. Tomie Arai's work is part of permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress, and the Museum of Chinese in the Americas. Michiko Kakutani is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic and former chief book critic for The New York Times. Music[edit] Classical violinist Midori Gotō
Midori Gotō
is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, while world-renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers received an Avery Fisher career grant in 1993. Juno Award-nominated classical violinist Hidetaro Suzuki was the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
from 1978 to 2005. Other notable Japanese American musicians include singer, actress and Broadway star Pat Suzuki; rapper Mike Shinoda
Mike Shinoda
of Linkin Park
Linkin Park
and Fort Minor; rapper Kikuo Nishi aka "KeyKool" of The Visionaries; Hiro Yamamoto, original bassist of Soundgarden; ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro; guitarist James Iha
James Iha
of The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins
fame; singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata; bilingual singer-songwriter Emi Meyer; and Trivium lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Matt Heafy. Marc Okubo, guitarist of Veil of Maya, is of Japanese descent. Singer-songwriter and composer Mari Iijima
Mari Iijima
is a Japanese expat currently living in the United States. J-Pop
singers Hikaru Utada
Hikaru Utada
and Joe Inoue were both born in the United States but gained their fame in Japan. Sports[edit]

1952 gold medalist Ford Konno

Japanese Americans
first made an impact in Olympic sports in the late 1940s and in the 1950s. Harold Sakata
Harold Sakata
won a weightlifting silver medal in the 1948 Olympics, while Japanese Americans
Tommy Kono (weightlifting), Yoshinobu Oyakawa (100-meter backstroke), and Ford Konno (1500-meter freestyle) each won gold and set Olympic records in the 1952 Olympics. Konno won another gold and silver swimming medal at the same Olympics and added a silver medal in 1956, while Kono set another Olympic weightlifting record in 1956. Also at the 1952 Olympics, Evelyn Kawamoto won two bronze medals in swimming. Several decades later, Eric Sato won gold (1988) and bronze (1992) medals in volleyball, while his sister Liane Sato won bronze in the same sport in 1992. Bryan Clay
Bryan Clay
(hapa) won the decathlon gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, and was the sport's 2005 world champion. Apolo Anton Ohno
Apolo Anton Ohno
(hapa) won eight Olympic medals in short-track speed skating (two gold) in 2002, 2006, and 2010, as well as a world cup championship. Brothers Kawika and Erik Shoji won bronze medals in volleyball in 2016. In figure skating, Kristi Yamaguchi, a fourth-generation Japanese American, won three national championship titles (one in singles, two in pairs), two world titles, and the 1992 Olympic gold medal in singles figure skating. Rena Inoue, a Japanese immigrant to America who later became a US citizen, competed at the 2006 Olympics in pair skating for the United States. Kyoko Ina, who was born in Japan, but raised in the United States, competed for the United States in singles and pairs, and was a multiple national champion and an Olympian with two different partners. Two-time Olympian Mirai Nagasu
Mirai Nagasu
won the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the age of 14, becoming the second youngest woman to ever win that title. Alex and Maia Shibutani are two-time national champions in ice dancing and 2018 Olympic bronze medalists. In distance running, Miki (Michiko) Gorman won the Boston and New York City marathons twice in the 1970s. A former American record holder at the distance, she is the only woman to win both races twice, and is one of only two women to win both marathons in the same year. In professional sports, Wataru Misaka
Wataru Misaka
broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season, when he played for the New York Knicks. Misaka also played a key role in Utah's NCAA and NIT basketball championships in 1944 and 1947. Wally Kaname Yonamine was a professional running back for the San Francisco 49ers in 1947. Rex Walters, whose mother was Japanese, played in the NBA from 1993 to 2000. Lindsey Yamasaki was the first Asian American
Asian American
to play in the WNBA
and finished off her NCAA career with the third-most career 3-pointers at Stanford University. Hikaru Nakamura
Hikaru Nakamura
became the youngest American ever to earn the titles of National Master (age 10) and International Grandmaster (age 15) in chess. In 2004, at the age of 16, he won the U.S. Chess Championship for the first time. He later won two other times. Entertainment and media[edit]

1957 Academy Award winner Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki
Miyoshi Umeki
won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
in 1957. Actors Sessue Hayakawa, Mako Iwamatsu, and Pat Morita
Pat Morita
were nominated for Academy Awards in 1957, 1966, and 1984 respectively. Chris Tashima
Chris Tashima
won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1997. Jack Soo, born Goro Suzuki, (Valentine's Day and Barney Miller), George Takei
George Takei
( Star Trek
Star Trek
fame) and Pat Morita
Pat Morita
( Happy Days
Happy Days
and The Karate Kid) helped pioneer acting roles for Asian Americans
while playing secondary roles on the small screen during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1976, Morita also starred in Mr. T and Tina, the first American sitcom centered on a person of Asian descent. Keiko Yoshida appeared on the TV show ZOOM on PBS Kids. Gregg Araki
Gregg Araki
(director of independent films) is also Japanese American. Shin Koyamada
Shin Koyamada
had a leading role in the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
epic movie The Last Samurai and Disney Channel
Disney Channel
movie franchise Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior and TV series Disney Channel
Disney Channel
Games. Masi Oka
Masi Oka
played a prominent role in the NBC
series Heroes, Grant Imahara
Grant Imahara
appeared on the Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
series MythBusters
and Derek Mio appeared in the NBC series Day One. Japanese Americans
now anchor TV newscasts in markets all over the country. Notable anchors include Tritia Toyota, Adele Arakawa, David Ono, Kent Ninomiya, Lori Matsukawa, and Rob Fukuzaki.[48] Works about Japanese Americans[edit] See also: the categories Japanese-American internment films and Japanese-American internment books.

In 2010 TBS produced a five-part, ten-hour fictional Japanese language miniseries, Japanese Americans. This featured many of the major events and themes of the Issei
and Nisei
experience, including emigration, racism, picture brides, farming, pressure due to the China and Pacific wars, internment, a key character who serves in the 442nd, and the ongoing redefinition in identity of what it means to be Japanese and American.[49]

See also[edit]

Asian Americans
portal Japan
portal United States portal

Shimpo Day of Remembrance (Japanese Americans) Japanese American Citizens League Japanese American National Library Japanese American National Museum Japanese American service in World War II

442nd Infantry Regiment, and the related 522nd Field Artillery Battalion 100th Infantry Battalion Military Intelligence Service

List of Japanese American Servicemen and Servicewomen in World War II Japanese Community Youth Council (San Francisco) Japanese in New York City Japanese Brazilians Japanese Peruvians Japanese Filipinos Japanese Canadians Japanese British Japanese Mexicans Model minority Nisei
Baseball Research Project Pacific Movement of the Eastern World


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Further reading[edit]

"Present-Day Immigration with Special
Reference to the Japanese," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Jan 1921), pp. 1–232 online 24 articles by experts, mostly about California Azuma, Eiichiro. "A History of Oregon's Issei, 1880-1952." Oregon Historical Quarterly. Oregon
Historical Society. Vol. 94, No. 4, Winter, 1993/1994., pp. 315–367. Available on JStor. DeWan, George. "Learning How To Stay Japanese In America." Newsday. January 6, 1990. PART 11, Start page NOPGCIT. Hosokawa, Bill. Nisei, the Quiet Americans
(1969). Inouye, Karen M., “Changing History: Competing Notions of Japanese American Experience, 1942–2006” (PhD dissertation Brown University, 2008). Dissertation Abstracts International No. DA3318331. Jacobson, Matthew Frye. (2000). Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876–1917. Hill and Wang, ISBN 978-0-8090-1628-0 Kase, Toyoshi. " Nisei
Samurai: Culture and Agency in Three Japanese American Lives." (PhD dissertation 2005). online Kikumura-Yano, Akemi, ed. "Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas." Walnut Creek, CA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002. Lai, Eric, and Dennis Arguelles, eds. "The New Face of Asian Pacific America: Numbers, Diversity, and Change in the 21st century." San Francisco, CA: Asian Week, 2003. Miyakawa, Tetsuo Scott. East across the Pacific: historical & sociological studies of Japanese immigration & assimilation (ABC-CLIO, 1972). Moulin, Pierre. (1993). U.S. Samurais in Bruyeres – People of France and Japanese Americans: Incredible story Hawaii
CPL Editions. ISBN 2-9599984-0-5 Moulin, Pierre. (2007). Dachau, Holocaust and US Samurais – Nisei Soldiers first in Dachau Authorhouse Editions. ISBN 978-1-4259-3801-7 Thernstrom, Stephan; Ann Orlov; Oscar Handlin (1980). "Japanese". Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (2 ed.). Harvard University Press. pp. 561–562. ISBN 0-674-37512-2.  Tsuchiya, Tomoko, “Interracial Marriages between American Soldiers and Japanese Women at the Beginning of the Cold War,” Journal of American and Canadian Studies (Tokyo) (no. 29, 2011), 59–84 "United States Census 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2000. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 

In Hawaii[edit] Further information: Japanese in Hawaii
§ Further reading

Asato, Noriko (September 2005). Teaching Mikadoism: The Attack on Japanese Language Schools in Hawaii, California, and Washington, 1919-1927. Honolulu: University of Hawaii.  Kono, Hideto; Sinoto, Kazuko (2000). "Observations of the first Japanese to Land in Hawai'i" (PDF). The Hawaiian Journal of History. 34: 49–62.  Kawakami, Barbara F. Japanese immigrant clothing in Hawaii, 1885-1941 (University of Hawaii
Press, 1995). Morgan, William. Pacific Gibraltar: U.S.-Japanese Rivalry over the Annexation of Hawai'i, 1885-1898 (Naval Institute Press, 2011). Morimoto, Toyotomi (1997). Japanese Americans
and Cultural Continuity: Maintaining Language through Heritage. Routledge.  Nordyke, Eleanor C., and Y. Scott Matsumoto. "Japanese in Hawaii: a Historical and Demographic Perspective." (1977). online Takagi, Mariko (1987). Moral Education in Pre-War Japanese Language Schools in Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii. 

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