Japan's nearly 200,000-strong Brazilian immigrant community lives in pockets scattered across the middle of the country, clustered around auto parts factories and warehouses where they have jobs.

To reach them, Brazilian companies have adopted mobile businesses, sending vans around the countryside selling traditional pastries, Portuguese-language magazines and other goods from home.

Perhaps most visible are the blue and yellow vans from state-owned Banco do Brasil, which often park near the local Brazilian supermarket in the towns they visit.