When Lucan Toshio Suzuchi tried to find a job, the only option he had was being a dispatch worker in a factory. Now 23, the Japanese-Brazilian had quit junior high school when he was 14.

"I wanted to go to school," he said. "I think I could have avoided ... this kind of tough work if I had gone to school."

Suzuchi, who came to Japan at 9, attended a private school for Brazilian children in Gunma Prefecture, but quit at 14 because his parents could not afford the tuition.