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 Nepal' a microcosm of Japan's evolving identity
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Posted on 06-30-19 5:10 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Stroll down the streets of this residential area in the west of Tokyo and you are sure to be struck by the presence of a growing ethnic minority, a very uncommon sight in largely monocultural Japan.

Here in "Little Nepal," Nepalese families shop for their groceries at supermarkets, Nepalese business owners operate curry and spice shops, and Nepalese children in distinctively logoed uniforms commute to and from school or play with their friends in the vicinity of Asagaya Station.

Walk inside any of the convenience stores in the area, located 10 minutes west of Shinjuku Station on JR's Chuo Line, and chances are many of the store clerks will hail from Nepal.

When the Everest International School, Japan, known as EISJ, was established in Asagaya in 2013, Nepalese families began flocking to the area.

It is the first international school anywhere in the world to operate with a curriculum prescribed by Nepal, a country which is less than twice the size of Hokkaido with a population of 29 million located atop the world in the Himalayas, bordered by China in the north and India in the south.

According to government data, in five years through January 2018, Suginami Ward, the administrative area in which Asagaya sits, has seen an almost threefold increase in its Nepalese population.

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