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Exchange with Overseas Fukuoka Prefecture Citizens Association (Kenjinkai)

Exchange with Overseas Fukuoka Prefecture Citizens Association (Kenjinkai)

 Overseas migration from Fukuoka Prefecture began in 1885 to Hawaii, and then extended to North America, Central and South America etc. The migrants cooperated to make these countries a new home and formed the Overseas Fukuoka Prefecture Citizens Association (known as Kenjinkai). There are currently 21 branches established in 9 countries with membership consisting of migrants and descendants of migrants. The migrants found themselves in countries where not only the language was different, but climate and customs also made for a completely different environment. However, their diligence, sincerity and ambitious mind earned high praise. Especially in Brazil, they came to be known as Japones Garantido (Trustworthy Japanese), contributing greatly to the development of their new country. The migrants are currently active in a number of areas including politics, economy, education, culture and medicine, and have earned the respect and trust of their adopted countries.
 With the development of the global society, Fukuoka Prefecture has been proactive in overseas exchange, and the Kenjinkai has been a valuable asset acting as a bridge between the Prefecture and their adopted countries.
 For many it has been generations since their ancestors first migrated, and the leadership of the Kenjinkai has been passed down. The main activities of the Kenjinkai are carried out by the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation, and an increasing number are not familiar with Japanese language, tradition and culture. In order to continue the Kenjinkai activities, the Prefecture offers them a variety of support projects in order to strengthen the relationship and promote mutual exchange with Fukuoka.

Overseas Fukuoka Kenjinkai (Associations of People from Fukuoka Prefecture)

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flagCanada (Ottawa)

In area the second largest country in the world. Land area per capita is the largest. Rich in nature with the Rocky Mountains and Niagara Falls. Major industries include finance, insurance, real estate and other service industries, manufacturing, construction and mining.

  • Population:approx. 34,110,000
  • Land Area:9,985,000Km²(approx. 27 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language(s):English, French
  • Population of Japanese Descent:68,000
  • Number of Members:251
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flagUnited States of America (Washington, D.C)

The world’s largest immigrant nation with an annual migrant intake of 700,000. Vast land with a variety of regional features and weather. Major industries include engineering (general), agriculture and forestry (wheat, corn, soy beans, timber etc.), finance, insurance, real estate and service industries.

  • Population:308,750,000
  • Land Area:9,628,000Km²(approx. 25 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language:English
  • Population of Japanese Descent:1,000,000
  • Number of Members:1,493
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flagUnited Mexican States (Mexico City)

A treasure trove of world heritage from the colorful Maya and Aztec civilizations. Exchange with Japan stretches back over 400 years and the close economic ties include an economic partnership agreement. Major industries include a natural salt farm (world’s largest in area), oil, silver, molybdenum and agriculture.

  • Population:108,630,000
  • Land Area:1,960,000Km²(approx. 5 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language:Spanish
  • Population of Japanese Descent:17,000
  • Number of Members:230
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flagRepublic of Colombia (Bogota)

Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, rich in natural resources and the bountiful nature in the Andes Mountain Range and Amazon. Major industries include agriculture (coffee, bananas, sugar cane etc.) and mining (oil, coal, gold, emeralds etc.).

  • Population:46,030,000
  • Land Area:1,139,000Km²(approx. 3 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language:Spanish
  • Population of Japanese Descent:900
  • Number of Members:126
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flagRepublic of Peru (Lima)

A treasure trove of ancient civilization ruins and colonial cultural heritage, Peru was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Japan. Has the third largest Japanese migrant/descendant population in the world. Major industries include manufacturing, commerce, mining, transportation and communications and construction.

  • Population:29,800,000
  • Land Area:1,290,000Km²(approx. 3.4 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language:Spanish
  • Population of Japanese Descent:80,000
  • Number of Members:1,000
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flagFederative Republic of Brazil (Brasilia)

This major South American nation is one of the BRIC countries and has the world’s largest Japanese migrant/descendant community. Boasts rich resources and high food productivity, and is famous for the Rio Carnival, samba and soccer. Major industries include manufacturing, mining (iron ore etc.) farming (sugar, oranges, coffee [world’s largest] soy beans etc.).

  • Population:191,000,000
  • Land Area:8,512,00Km²(approx. 22.5 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language:Portuguese
  • Population of Japanese Descent:1,400,000
  • Number of Members:1,299
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flagPlurinational State of Bolivia (La Paz)

Has one of the largest indigenous populations in South America and is famous for its rich natural environment and ancient civilization. 50% of the world’s lithium deposits can be found in the Salar de Uyuni and are expected to be developed in the future. Major industries include mining (lead, tin, gold) and agriculture (soy beans, timber, sugar).

  • Population:10,430,000
  • Land Area:1,100,000Km²(approx. 3 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language:Spanish
  • Population of Japanese Descent:6,700
  • Number of Members:36
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flagRepublic of Paraguay (Asuncion)

Paraguay shares borders with Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. The north has a tropical and the south a moderate climate. Major industries include farming (cotton, soy beans, meat) and forestry. Expected to be a food base for Japan in the future.

  • Population:6,280,000
  • Land Area:406,752 Km²(approx. 1.1 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language(s):Spanish, Guarani
  • Population of Japanese Descent:7,700
  • Number of Members:220
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flagArgentine Republic (Buenos Aires)

Argentina is a country rich in natural resources,including the capital Buenos Aires, which has a distinct European flavor, the Pampas lowlands and the Andes Mountain Range. Famous for the Tango, wine and soccer. Major industries include farming (oilseed, cereal crops, beef) and engineering (food processing and automobiles).

  • Population:40,410,000
  • Land Area:2,780,000Km²(approx. 7.5 times larger than Japan)
  • Official Language:Spanish
  • Population of Japanese Descent:32,000
  • Number of Members:150
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Country Name of Kenjinkai Year of Foundation Country Name of Kenjinkai Year of Foundation
Canada Vancouver Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1978 Mexico Mexico Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1952
Toronto Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1980 Colombia Colombia Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1978
Lethbridge Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1981 Peru Peru Fukuoka Club     1959
U.S.A Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1907 Brazil Brasil Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1930
Wanto Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1907 Manaus Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1959
Southern California Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1908 Belém Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1969
San Francisco Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1950 Tomé-Açu Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1975
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(Hawaii)
Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1957 Bolivia Zai-Bolivia Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1973
Kona Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1967 Paraguay Paraguay Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1958
Hawaii Shima Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1967 Argentina Argentina Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1965
Kauai Fukuoka Kenjinkai     1985

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