The Jews of Japan

By Daniel Kapner, Stephen Levine

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), March 1, 2000

The authors argue that although Japan may be regarded as quite removed from Jewish life, the country has had its own rich Jewish history. This article traces the history of Jews in Japan with specific reference to the fact that during the Holocaust Japan became one of the world's only countries where Jews could find refuge. The authors also describe some of the characteristics of the community and contend that the Japanese and the Jews share much in common. They argue that both are among the world's most enduring and most modern people, at once traditional and innovative, respectful of the past yet zealous for the future.

Topic: History, Antisemitism, Refugees, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints

Volume/Issue: 425

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Genre: Other

Coverage: Japan

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kapner, Daniel. Levine, Stephen. The Jews of Japan. Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1 March 2000:


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