Are there any records of samurai warriors from Japan being in Mexico?

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Are there any records of samurai warriors from Japan being in Mexico?

Answer:

There are a number of relatively suspect accounts of Japanese samurai being employed in Mexico as militia members in the 17th century, although it is highly likely due to the large number of Japanese individuals living in the region at the time. During this period, Japan had closed its borders to the outside world which made it impossible for Japanese workers and immigrants to return to their home country. This led to a number of Japanese settlers living in Mexico who had no work and no form of support. Some of these individuals were trained in either martial arts or swordsmanship and impressed the Spanish authorities enough to be allowed to join the local militia, which technically made them samurai. It is difficult to discern how accurate or widespread this convention was, but it is certainly likely to have occurred.