Japan Times reports;
SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – Princess Mako on Wednesday attended a commemoration in Santa Cruz, eastern Bolivia, to mark the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese immigrants to the South American country.
“I express my sincere respect for Japanese immigrants and their descendants who have won trust in Bolivian society and become a bridge between the two countries,” said Princess Mako.
Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, who attended the event, said Japanese immigrants contributed to his country’s development with their diligence and effort, mainly in the agricultural sector.
Later, Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, visited a child care facility whose operation is commissioned to a Japanese Catholic organization and interacted with children.
When the princess was about to leave, two children standing in line to see her off unexpectedly rushed to her. She hugged a boy, smiling at him.
Bolivian Thoughts opinion: Great visit that depicts how Japanese migration has settled in Bolivia. Suffice to say, as an example, there are incredible Japanese priests and nuns that provide amazing service and love to all Bolivians. The Japanese migration, unlike others such as the Russian colonists in Chapare or the Mennonites in Santa Cruz, has really blended in Bolivian life.