Always there are irresponsibility of the government involved in this kind of policy. The policy written in square old style Japanese was basically saying that "Hey, look, Japanese government cannot be sure it feed all population. So, those who want to survive should get out of Japan and find the way to feed yourself."
It does not look like the picture taken on
Post Street, San Francisco
1869 was the first time when Japanese Agricultural Mission of Immigration arrived Gold Hill, Colma, California. 20 Japanese were engaged in agriculture. They were welcomed as an industrial growth after Gold Rush faded. Due to some bad decision in agricultural promotion, the land dried up and all of them were gone but 2.
It still set fire to the ambition of young Japanese people. They are young enough to ambitious to try their luck to be successful in foreign countries. They felt that Japan was too small for them, just like I did. There are 3 major destination. US, Brazil, and China. After a while the Foreign Adaptation Policy was continued, the countries where these Japanese people had immigrated started to be annoyed. Then US tried to control or restrict Japanese immigration around 1910. This change of policy course backfired and illegal immigration became dreams of young and ambitious Japanese people.
Teijiro, the father of Fujie was one of them.
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