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Why Didn’t the Japanese Attack Macau During WW2?

Written by Alan Chiu Tsang

These past few months, one of my friends, Tony Wong, has raised this question. “Why didn’t the Japanese attack Macau during the Second World War?”.

I had no idea why but Tony said he has an answer. According to him, the reason behind this question has to do with the Japanese Immigration to Brazil.

During the WW2, Macau was still a Portuguese colony and Brazil being an ex-Portuguese colony was still maintaining close relationships with the Empire of Japan. Japan didn’t want to break ties with Brazil and they thought that attacking Macau would eventually damage this close relationship.

The reason for Brazil maintaining close ties with Japan is because Brazil was at the time home for more than one million Japanese immigrants. Due to high demands of man power due to coffee exports, Brazil had signed an agreement with Japan to grant visa to Japanese blue collar workers to work and settle in Brazil for good.


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Alan Chiu Tsang

Alan is a freelancer photographer and author for
He graduated from Hong Kong university in 2005.