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Fruit Plantations Advertise for Japanese Workers

Sugar growers made a deal with the Japanese government in 1884 that allowed thousands of Japanese to immigrate to the Hawaiian islands to work on plantations. Western growers were also eager to tap into this new, un-unionized and cheap labor source. Labor contractors like Yasuwaza recruited nearly 40,000 Japanese workers to come to the west coast from Hawaii between 1900 and 1908.

Great Recruiting to America

Through an arrangement made with Yasuwaza of San Francisco we are able to recruit laborers to the mainland and offer them work.  The laborers will be subjected to no delay upon arriving in San Francisco, but can get work immediately through Yasuwaza.  Employment offered in picking strawberries and tomatoes, planting beets, mining and domestic service.  Now is the time to go!  Wages $1.50 a day.  Tokujiro-Inaya Nigata Kejin-care of the Nishimura Hotel.  Apply to the Honolulu agencies for further particulars, giving the name of your plantation.  

Source | Hawaiian-Japanese Chronicle, 22 March 1905.
Creator | Hawaiian-Japanese Chronicle
Item Type | Advertisement
Cite This document | Hawaiian-Japanese Chronicle, “Fruit Plantations Advertise for Japanese Workers,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed February 24, 2024,

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