There are 5,000 Japanese currently living in the area of Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Queretaro and San Luis Potosi, and the number is increasing.
Two thousand Japanese live only in Guanajuato: 800 in the municipality of Leon, 600 in Irapuato and the rest in other areas of the State, said the first Japan Consul in Leon, Kayoko Furukawa.
Japan is the main commercial partner of Guanajuato. For six years approximately, the number of Japanese people arriving in the State has experienced a growth resulted from the settling of Japanese companies in the region, mainly from the automotive sector.
There are 114 Japanese companies settled in Guanajuato, with an investment higher than 6,000 million dollars. These companies have generated more than 43,000 jobs in 13 municipalities of the State, according to data from the Guanajuato Government.
“We have one or two companies per month that fulfill an opening of their new plants in the Bajio, this trend of increasing the number of companies and of Japanese inhabitants will continue in 2019,” said Kayoko Furukawa.
ASSEMBLERS ENCOURAGE GROWTH
The arrival of Japanese companies Honda, Mazda and Toyota to Guanajuato triggered the arrival of their supplying companies and, with them, the increase of more Japanese inhabitants.
- Honda is settled in the municipality of Celaya. They started operations in 2014 and has a production capability of 200,000 vehicles per year. On their complex they assemble Honda Fit and Honda HR-V vehicles.
- Mazda has its production plant in Salamanca. Here they manufacture their Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 models, and have the capability of producing 230,000 automobiles annually.
- Toyota began the construction of its plant in Apaseo el Grande in 2016. It is anticipated it will start operations on its plant in 2019. The truck Tacoma is assembled in this automotive plant.
Cultural Exchange between Japan and Guanajuato has not only been about economic issues, but also in cultural topics.
To facilitate the stay of the Japanese community, hotels, restaurants, schools, banks and hospitals, among others, have adapted their services to attend this growing population.
For example, at the beginning of 2015 the general Japanese consulate was settled in the city of Leon and on March 2016 was opened the Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank to serve the needs of the Japanese population living in the states of Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Jalisco y Zacatecas.