Embassy of Ukraine to Japan

Kyiv 13:37

Ukrainians in Japan

According to the information issued by the Ministry of Justice of Japan on November 20, 2017, in June 2017 1992 citizens of Ukraine were granted residence permits in Japan, of which 380 – for employment purposes. As of June 2016, 1745 Ukrainians were granted residence permits.

Despite the fact that there is no Ukrainian diaspora in Japan or citizens who acquired status of "foreign Ukrainian", there exists an informal community of Ukrainians abroad - "Krayany". The aim of this community lies in popularization of Ukraine in Japan and providing assistance in solving cultural problems to those Ukrainians who have mixed marriages and would like to give their children the elements of Ukrainian education. In addition, the mentioned community carries out on regular basis flash mobs, demonstrations, campaigns in support of Ukraine, as well as other commemoration events, etc.

In 2009 the Ukrainian school "Dzhereltse" was founded in Tokyo by the community "Krayany" which attends both preschool and school-age children. The classes are held twice per month and include such areas as reading, writing, math and art. The main goal of the school is to teach the children from Ukrainian and multinational families to speak Ukrainian, to familiarize them with children's folklore and Ukrainian culture so that they could preserve traditions of their people in the future.

Starting from 2013 the abovementioned community holds annual marches in vyshyvankas – Ukraine’s traditional embroided shirts. Thus, on May 20 and 21, 2017, the traditional "Fifth Megamarch in Vyshyvankas" was held in Tokyo and Nagoya with the aim of familiarizing Japanese citizens with Ukrainian culture, national costumes and songs. The event was attended by more than 150 people and members of their families.

The facebook page of the Ukrainian community in Japan "Krayany" – https://www.facebook.com/ukrainians.japan.