The first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States in 1843. Today there are 1.4 million Japanese Americans living in the United States. Their population grew 22 percent from 2000 to 2013, according to AAPI Data.
The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act passed barring Chinese Laborers from entering the U.S. and immigrating from China (1882-1943). The decision to repeal this act was tied to the U.S. going to war with Japan. Japanese propaganda made repeated references to the Chinese Exclusion Act in an attempt to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its ally, the Republic of China.