First Japanese dentists in Mexico and their influence upon development of dentistry

Alberto Teramoto Ohara


During the years 1950-1980 a great percentage of young subjects, descendant of Japanese in Mexico and called Mexican Nikkei1 exhibited predilection for some university careers, among which we can highlight Dentistry above others. This is due to the fact that in most cases a family friend or family member had been devoted to this profession. This might have been due to a series of historical events which had been taking place in previous years between Mexico and Japan. Technological exchange was enhanced, which brought about the development of some parts of health areas which favored wide sections of Mexican population, and later, in the life of Japanese subjects who had migrated to Mexico, this trend was later observed in the development of Japanese-ascent Mexicans.

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