In an effort to press the government to fulfill a promise it once made 40 years ago, 12 representatives of Japanese emigrants to the Dominican Republic set foot Sept. 29 on their motherland.

The emigrants and their sons as well as four others joining them Sept. 29 are among 1,319 Japanese who moved to the Caribbean country on the first and only nation-led emigration plan, which was implemented in the late 1950s. The emigrants who arrived Sept. 29 are now 57 to 84 years old.

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