Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent by Mike Douglass, Glenda S. Roberts

By Mike Douglass, Glenda S. Roberts

Japan and worldwide Migration brings jointly present examine on international employees and families from a number of diversified views. This inflow has had a considerable effect on Japan's monetary, social and political panorama. The ebook asks 3 significant questions: no matter if the new wave of migration constitutes a brand new multicultural age difficult Japan's identification as homogenous society; how international employees confront the numerous problems dwelling in Japan; how eastern society is either resisting and accommodating the transforming into presence of overseas employees of their communities.This ebook includes the freshest, unique facts on jap migrant tradition to be had. Its inescapable end is that the multicultural age has ultimately come to Japan; the query is whether or not international employees may be legally and socially assimilated into the cloth of jap society or will remain taken care of as transitority entrants with restricted civil rights. The booklet is written with postgraduate scholars in Asian reviews, eastern reports, political technology, sociology, anthropology and migration stories, in brain.

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While foreign investment has been placing labor-intensive production into selected lower-income economies of the world, it also paradoxically stimulates the movement of labor to Japan. Local workers in Japanese enterprises abroad are often sent to Japan for training, to learn Japanese, and to become familiar with Japanese culture and ways of doing business. This, in turn, fosters the possibility of seeking immigration into Japan to use these skills to greater advantage and for higher incomes. 3 present a revealing relationship between trends in direct foreign investment and the entrance of foreigners into Japan by showing that rather than countering each other, they co-vary through time.

Yet the rise of Japan of as a world economic superpower will continue to confront Japanese society with questions about citizenship in a global age of migration. The challenge ahead has been well stated by Hirowatari: It is time we made up our mind to admit ‘co-existent citizenship’, wrap up our history as a ‘monoethnic society’, and begin the preparations for forming an ‘open society’. Doing so could be the first step towards creating the new essence of Japanese society. Hirowatari (1998:106) Japan in a global age of migration 29 Themes and organization of the book The chapters in this book highlight the ways in which meeting the challenge of coexistent citizenship is both being inhibited and moving forward in Japan.

9 Visa overstaying became a widespread practice not only of Philippine and Thai women in the entertainment and sex industry, but also of male workers from China and South-East Asia. In 1996 the government reported that Japan had almost 300,000 visa overstayers—officially illegal migrants—in the country. 5). Competing, sometimes contradictory, immigration policies also create avenues for immigrants to come to work in Japan, even without having an appropriate work visa. The government actively promotes the entry of tourists, students, trainees, businessmen and women entertainers.

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