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[Facts] Jewish names in Japan
Many Jewish people immigrated to Japan in the late 19th century. Japanese government demanded to Jewish people to use Japanese names. So Jewish people Japanized their Hebrew names.
Hiroshi - Harel
Toru - Tomer
Akihito, Akihiko - Yaakov
Ryūki - Baruch
Naoki- Noam
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I've read lots of books and articles about Japanese history and I have never heard of 19th century Jewish immigration to Japan, let alone Jews changing their names to Japanese ones. Actually, there have never been much immigration to Japan in general. Japan is pretty well-known for its lack of diversity.

This message was edited 1/7/2023, 8:12 AM

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Also for females
Ria - Lia
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What is your source on thie Jewish migration?
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Jewish people immigrated to many countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Sweden, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, South Korea, and the United States in the 19th century.
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The way you phrased your post kind of makes it sound as if there was this sudden Jewish immigration wave in the 1800s (i.e. the 19th century). As if there was no notable Jewish presence in those countries before that. Which would be incorrect, at least in the case of European countries like Germany and Poland. Jewish people have been living there since at least the Middle Ages. In fact, until World War II happened, Poland was home to the biggest Jewish population of Europe!So, now I would be interested to know: what brought about this Jewish immigration wave in the 19th century? Where did most of these immigrants come from, i.e. which country were they leaving behind for a better life in one of the countries mentioned by you? And where did you get your information from? For example: did someone simply tell you about it, or did you read it in a book?
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That's not a source
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There was a small handful of Jews who emigrated to Japan in the late 19th century, a couple of hundred families at the very most. I don't know your source for the names you mentioned, but I would say, rather, that apparently Jewish people adopted Japanese names which were somewhat similar to their original names. All the Japanese names you mentioned are typical, native names that do not stand out in any way.
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