Israel, Japan and the Jews
EAJ Policy Papers, No 27 (9 December 2019) // Photo: Jewish area of Sakamoto International Cemetery (Nagasaki,Japan)
Relatively large Jewish Communities in Japanese cities of Kobe and Nagasaki, that go back to 16th and 19th centuries c.a. almost disappeared after the World War II. Currently between 200 to 1,000 Jews, manly expats, mixed family members and ethnic Japanese that converted to Judaism live in the country. Although this ethnically and culturally diverse community is small, its role in the local public discourse is not neglectable. And it is able to make a substantial contribution into a positive background to flourishing Israel-Japanese economic and political contacts.
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