(Reuters) - Brazil celebrates 100 years of Japanese immigration on Wednesday. Following are some key dates of the immigration, facts and figures.
* November 1907 - Ryu Mizuno, director of the Empire Emigration Company (Kokoku Shokumin Kaisha), signs the agreement that paves the way for first wave of Japanese immigrants to Brazil.
* April 28, 1908 - The Kasato Maru ship departs the port of Kobe with 781 people on board.
* June 18, 1908 - The Kasato Maru reaches Santos port in Sao Paulo state and the newly arrived immigrants are sent to work on six different farms, mostly coffee plantations.
* January 1930 - First wave of Japanese immigrants arrives in Brazil’s Amazon region to help grow guarana. They later venture into jute and black pepper production.
* 1932 - The number of Japanese immigrants passes 130,000, with nearly 90 percent of them working on farms.
* 1934 - President Getulio Vargas imposes quotas on immigration to Brazil as part of a nationalist drive.
* 1938 - Brazil’s government imposes restrictions on cultural and educational activities of immigrants, including those from Japan, because of tensions ahead of the start of World War Two.
* 1952 - Brazil and Japan resume diplomatic ties after a hiatus caused by World War Two.
* December 1959 - Shipyard Ishikawajima do Brasil, known as Ishibras, begins operations, the first of many industrial investments resulting from bilateral accords between Japan and Brazil.
* 1967 - Japanese companies including Toshiba and NEC begin investing in Brazil.
* June 17, 2008 - Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito arrives in Brazil for the official celebration of the anniversary.
* Brazil has the largest community of Japanese outside of Japan, with about 1.5 million people.
* There are about 250,000 Brazilians in Japan, mostly factory workers. The so-called dekasseguis send an estimated $2 billion a year to their families in Brazil.
Reporting by Elzio Barreto in Sao Paulo, editing by Todd Eastham