• Short Summary

    MOST MAJOR CITIES IN THE WORLD HAVE THEIR "CHINA TOWN" -- A COLOURFUL CONGLOMERATION OF THE RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND MARKET STALLS.

  • Description

    MOST MAJOR CITIES IN THE WORLD HAVE THEIR "CHINA TOWN" -- A COLOURFUL CONGLOMERATION OF THE RESTAURANTS, SHOPS AND MARKET STALLS. THE BRAZILIAN CITY OF SAO PAULO IS NO DIFFERENT, BUT HERE THE "CHINA TOWN" DISTRICT HAS BEEN ECLIPSED BY THE CHINESE' ASIAN NEIGHBOURS -- THE JAPANESE. LATEST FIGURES PUT THE JAPANESE POPULATION IN SAO PAULO AT 150,000. ONE OF THEIR NUMBER, FABIO YASSUDA, HAS RECENTLY BEEN NAMED MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE BY THE NEW BRAZILIAN ADMINISTRATION.

    THE JAPANESE HAVE BEEN IN BRAZIL FOR MORE THAT 60 YEARS. YASSUDA'S FATHER, RIOTTI, ARRIVED IN SANTOS IN 1907, ENCHARGED BY HIS GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH CONDITIONS FOR OFFICIAL EMIGRATION. HIS CONTACT IN SAO PAULO WAS TO HAVE BEEN CHARGE D'AFFAIRS SAJIMURA. BUT SAJIMURA DIED BEFORE YASSUDA ARRIVED.

    HE SUFFERED CONSIDERABLE HARDSHIPS AND WAS FORCED TO TAKE MENIAL JOBS TO EKE OUT A LIVING. BUT IN TWO YEARS HE MANAGED TO SAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO RENT A FARM IN THE STATE OF RIO DE JANEIRO. THE JAPANESE FARMING TECHNIQUES HE EMPLOYED WERE SUCH A REVOLUTION IN BRAZIL THAT PRESIDENT NILO PECANHA SENT YASSUDA TO NORTHEAST BRAZIL TO TEACH THEM TO FARMERS THERE.

    BACK IN SAO PAULO AFTER TWO YEARS IN THE NORTHEAST, YASSUDA AGAIN MADE HISTORY BY INTRODUCING MECHANISED RICE HARVESTING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN BRAZIL. RIOTTI YASSUDA AND HIS WIFE SHIDUKA HAD THREE CHILDREN: FABIO, NOW MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE; EDUARDO, NOW SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE IN THE STATE OF SAO PAULO; AND RENATO, A DENTIST.

    ALL ARE MARRIED TO BRAZILIANS.

    THE JAPANESE ARE NOW PERFECTLY INTEGRATED INTO BRAZILIAN LIFE -- MOSTLY THROUGH INTERMARRIAGE.

    AT FIRST ALMOST ALL WERE ENGAGED IN FARMING, BUT TODAY HALF OF THEM AND THEIR DESCENDANTS ARE EMPLOYED IN TRADE, INDUSTRY AND THEY PROFESSIONS.

    THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE HAS BEEN NOTABLE THE INTRODUCTION OF IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THEIR CUSTOMS AND CULTURE AND THEIR EMPHASIS ON CO-OPERATION HAVE BEEN OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR ADOPTED COUNTRY.

    THE PRINCIPLE OF THE FARM CO-OPERATIVE WAS PRACTISED BY THE JAPANESE IN BRAZIL LONG BEFORE IT WAS INTRODUCED BY THE BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT, USING THE JAPANESE CO-OPERATIVES AS MODELS.

    SOME 30,000 JAPANESE LIVE IN THE LIBERSDADE DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF SAO PAULO ALONE. SHOPS ARE NAMED AND ADVERTISE THEIR WARES IN JAPANESE CHARACTERS, SELLING JAPANESE ARTICLES TO JAPANESE PEOPLE. THERE ARE JAPANESE NIGHTCLUB AND JAPANESE DOCTORS WITH THEIR ORIENTAL PRODUCTS, JAPANESE TEA HOUSES AND CINEMAS SHOWING JAPANESE FILMS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA90YF9JM8K4HKU8XUG0TARZI4P
    Media URN:
    VLVA90YF9JM8K4HKU8XUG0TARZI4P
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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