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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