The Japanese settlers in Papua and New Guinea, 1890-1949
Japanese emigration to Papua and New Guinea began around the turn of the 19th century, as an offshoot from the settlement of Japanese pearl divers on Thursday Island. An adventurous Japanese skipper, Komine Isokichi, explored the waters of New Guinea in a schooner, for new shell fishing grounds. He reached Rabaul in New Britain in 1901 to meet Governor Hahl. Komine managed to develop a good relationship with the German administration. In 1910 he acquired a lease in Manus Island and Rabaul...[Show more]
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