The Northern Marianas: Japanese Immigrants

Figure 1.--Here we see Japanese nursery or kindergarten children on Saipan in 1941.

The Japanese also changed the Northern Marianas demographically. When the Japanese acquired the islands, there were about 4,000 Chamorros. Japan settled on Saipan, Tinian and Rota. The Japanese population when the War began was 45,000, mostly immigrant workers. This was about 10 time the indigenous Chimoro population. The Marianas thus became essentially Japanese islands. Much of te Japanese settlement was focused in Saipan. The Japanese recreated the islands amd thus life there became similar to that on Japan itself. The Japanese also established Japese cultural institutions including schools, schools, shrines and temples. Schools were opened for the Japanese children. I believed the Chimoros also attended the Japanese schools, although here I do not yet have details.


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