Philippines And The Empire Of Japan

Well, The Philippines and Japan had a longer history than you think..I recently found this article on the net though pretty old article, just found out that it was lurking around wikipedia for a long time now, hehe.

This article is also connected with the Christianity in Japan..remember the article about Takayama Ukon in here? well if you don’t remember, here it is:

During the 1896 uprising against Spanish colonial rule the 1898 Spanish-American War, Filipino independence leaders sought assistance from the Japanese government. Although the Meiji government of Japan was unwilling and unable to provide any official support, Japanese supporters of Philippine independence in the Pan-Asian movement raised funds and sent weapons on the privately-charted Nunobiki-maru, which sank before reaching its destination. However, under the terms of the Taft-Katsura Agreement of 1905, the Japanese government officially acquiesced to American colonial rule over the Philippines.

During the American period, Japanese economic ties to the Philippines expanded tremendously and by 1929 Japan was the largest trading partner to the Philippines after the United States. Economic investment was accompanied by large scale immigration of Japanese to the Philippines, mainly merchants, gardeners and prostitutes (‘karayuki san’). Japanese immigrants Davao in Mindanao, had over 20,000 ethnic Japanese residents. By 1935, it was estimated that Japanese immigrants dominated 35% of Philippine retail trade. Investments included extensive agricultural holdings and natural resource development. By 1940, some 40% of Philippine exports to Japan were metals of iron, copper, manganese and chrome.


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