Meet Motome Munemitsu, a 24-year-old Japanese farmer who plans to leave Japan due to his finances going out of control. He previously worked on a rice farm with his family, but due to the Meiji Restoration, he is forced off the farm and is making no money for his wife and two kids. It's time to immigrate!
It takes years, but Motome earns enough savings to have his family also immigrate to the United States and help work on the farm. However, this plan didn’t work out due to the Immigrant Act of 1924 making it so his family was unable to come. He eventually sees his family again, after returning home to Japan after saving as much money as he could. Hugging his kids for the first time in a long time in 1938, not expecting for a huge war to be around the corner a year later.
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