Celebrating Legacy Of Japanese Emigration

Celebrating legacy of Japanese emigration

People of Japanese heritage have gathered in Hawaii to celebrate a milestone in their history. They came from all over the world to mark the 150th anniversary of the first emigration from Japan. They promised to keep their legacy alive.

Sao Paulo University professor Masato Ninomiya said, "As Japanese descendants we're proud of our heritage. We'll keep passing it on to future generations and to the other people of the countries they live in."

About 300 people with Japanese heritage came from more than a dozen countries.

Hawaii was the destination of the first group of Japanese emigrants back in 1868. They came to work on sugar plantations.

People at the convention said they'd try to create a network of Japanese immigration museums around the world. They also urged the Japanese government to do more to help preserve their legacy.