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- The Immigration Act of Paraguay of 1903 is enacted, restricting the entrance of "black and yellow races."
In 1921, Paraguay and Japan agree that the "yellow race" does not apply
to the Japanese people in Article 14 of the Constitution.
- The first Japanese resident of Paraguay, Kanezo Sakoda, arrives in Paraguay.
- On November 7, Paraguayan-Japanese relations are established, during
the reign of Emperor Yoshihito of Japan and presidency of José P. Montero of Paraguay.
- The first Japanese settlement, La Colmena, is established in Paraguay on May 15, 1936.
- The Japanese Consulate is first established in Paraguay with the Consul Kadori Naruse.
- La Colmena is declared an "internment zone" with the outbreak of World
War II, together with the German communities already established in Paraguay. All civilian and
educational activities for these two communities are restricted under pressure of the U.S.
- There are 578 Japanese and Nikkei in Paraguay.
- The new era of immigration begins when Paraguay opens its door to all
immigrants from countries devastated by World War II, when the majority of
Panamerican countries were closed to Japanese immigration. As a result 7,700 Japanese immigrated to Paraguay.
- Diplomatic representation between Paraguay and Japan is established with the opening of Legations in both countries.
- Immigration Agreement between Japan and Paraguay is signed, with Paraguay to receive 85,000 Japanese in 30 years.
- First Japanese-language newspaper, Paraguay Shimpo and the Radio Nikkei are begun by Luis K. Okuhata.
- The Federation of Japanese Associations of Paraguay is established in
order to improve the linkages between the different Japanese communities.
- The first State visit of a President of Paraguay to Japan, General
Alfredo Stroessner, which results in assistance from Japan and greater
cooperation between the two countries.
- Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko of Japan visit Paraguay upon acceptance of an official State invitation.
- The Nikkei Central Cooperative is established to cultivate and strengthen Japanese agricultural cooperatives.
- The 50th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Paraguay is celebrated with the presence of Prince Hitachi and
Princess Hanako of Japan.
- The government of Paraguay permits the entrance of Japanese visitors to Paraguay for three months without consular visa.
- The 6th Pan-American Nikkei Convention is held in Asunción
and organized by the Centro Nikkei Paraguayo, an organization founded in 1987
to unite efforts between Nikkei in Paraguay and to promote friendship and
cooperation among national and international entities.
- President of Paraguay, Juan Carlos Wasmosy, inaugurates the building
and campus of Centro Nikkei Paraguayo in Itaúgua.
- Commemorative ceremony of the 60th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Paraguay,
attended by President Juan Carlos Wasmosy.