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Japanese people did not immigrate to the United States in significant numbers until the 1890s. Although most of this immigration was initially to Hawaii, Japanese immigration to the United States mainland grew rapidly after Hawaii's annexation in 1898. In general, these immigrants remained primarily on the Pacific coast, with the exception of their internment in interior concentration camps during World War II. Since the war, American restrictions and rapid Japanese economic development greatly reduced Japanese immigration to the United States.

Contacts and Sources

Gardena Library, Los Angeles County Public Library
1731 West Gardena Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90247
Telephone: (310) 323-6363

Web Sites

In Helpful Web Sites, you can find links to useful resources about Japan.


  • Ethnic Chronology Studies: The Japanese in America, 1843-1973, by Herman Masako

For some tips on researching abroad, see the topic All about international resources.

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