Item #4805 Burajiru Imin Jijo [Immigration to Brazil]. Japanese in Brazil, Horiguchi.

Burajiru Imin Jijo [Immigration to Brazil]

[Tokyo]: Gaimusho tsushokyoku iminka [Immigration Division, Trade Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs], 1923. 18pp., plus single-page map. Original printed wrappers, stapled. Some foxing to wrappers, minor wear. Very good. Item #4805

First edition of this rare pamphlet based on a lecture by Minister Horiguchi, a Brazilian consul, encouraging "the immigration situation in Brazil" for potential Japanese settlers. Horiguchi begins by stating that he had been stationed in Brazil for a decade, and proceeds to report on the state of farming in Brazil, noting the high prices for necessities, but points out that "people's livelihoods are generally easy and stable" in the country. He notes that the rising population density in Japan, the advantages of the climate in Brazil and the Amazon River basin, and the diversity of the agricultural products all make Brazil "a budding agricultural hub" and thus an attractive alternative to life in the mother country for potential Japanese emigrants. Plus, Horiguchi states that Japanese immigrants are allowed to use vacant land on Brazilian farms in order to grow "intercrops" such as rice, corn, and beans. Horiguchi goes on to detail current statistics with regard to Japanese immigration to Brazil, specifics involved in traveling to Brazil from Japan, some background on the political history of the country, the pathway to repatriation for Japanese settlers, and more. Horiguchi even takes the opportunity to relieve fears about the language barrier for Japanese emigrants, writing that each farm that employs Japanese workers also includes "a Japanese overseer who can speak Brazilian to facilitate communication between the cultivators and the workers." An altogether glowing portrait of Brazil and an unusual promotional for Japanese emigration to Brazil provided through the lens of a lecture by a noted Japanese official with deep experience in South America. No copies in the United States, with OCLC reporting only two copies, both in Japan, at the National Diet Library and Waseda University.

Price: $1,750.00