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Japanese Immigration

Japanese immigration to America happened primarily on the West Coast and within Hawaii in the late 19th century. Around 1885, the first large groups of Japanese immigrants were brought over to work with growing various important crops for the United States.

In Hawaii, the Japan immigration had brought a number of individuals to help with plantations that grew sugarcane and pineapples. These were the staple crops that Hawaii produced and the Japanese immigrants were hired to help keep the production of the plantations fluid and progressive.

Within the continental United States, the Japanese immigration movement brought a number of individuals to California; here is where they were put to work in produce and fruit farms. However, much like the Chinese immigration movement, the Japan immigration movement was beginning to heighten the agitation of individuals who lived in the United States, with the new immigrants.

As a result, in 1907 there was a gentlemen’s between the nation of Japan and the United States to have Japan stop issuing worker’s passports to come into the United states. This did not stop immigration all together; the exceptions for Japanese immigration at this time were the spouses of those who were already working in the United States, and a select group of individuals who were requested to move to America. However, in 1924 a formal act called the Immigration Act of 1924 helped to tighten the banning of individuals.

However, in the short time that immigration had occurred, from 300,000 to 1 million Japanese immigrants had been brought into the nation. This was one of the biggest movements of immigration into the United States.

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