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There are currently around 40,000 Indians living in Japan and their stories, similar to minority groups in other countries, are often ignored or pushed aside. This lack of public awareness and representation can lead to cultural misunderstanding, or worse, discrimination.

Enter Megha Wadhwa, 37, a postdoctoral fellow at Sophia University and a resident of Japan for the past 14 years. Through her research, as well as her work as a contributing writer for The Japan Times, she has shown an urgent yet sensible concern for the Indian community in Japan. With her book, “Indian Migrants in Tokyo: A Study of Socio-Cultural, Religious, and Working Worlds,” Wadhwa has managed to synthesize her research into an ambitious narrative that sheds much-needed light on a growing population.

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