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Workers, Welcome to Japan, Just Don't Stay

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 Posted: 04:09 PM JST

The Age carries an interesting article about immigration in Japan. According to the article, "foreigner numbers are now about four times what they were back in 1990."

"Japan, pragmatic as ever," says The Age, "is solving its manpower crisis by out-sourcing demography. While many businesses shift factories to China, others import labour. But no one dares to call it immigration."

And the scary part: "Because they are not encouraged to become citizens, are not promoted, are expected to go back home and do not have the right to vote, they live as second-class citizens. Their children, unable to speak fluent Japanese, become habitual truants."

Keywords: national_news

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3 comments so far post your own

1 | At 08:48am on Dec 22 2005, linna wrote:
this just goes to show how much japan really welcome foreigners. japanese take other country's ideas and get rid of anyone they don't need. i live in canada, and i immigrated there 9 years ago. i'm now a citizen and enjoy the many benefits. i learned english and i'm now fluent. see the difference?
2 | At 07:54pm on Dec 28 2005, Ronnie wrote:
Hi Kjeld,

question for you. I'm thinking of living in Japan part time. My work is overseas via internet, but I am wondering what is the proceedure I need to stay in Japan for longer than 3 months at a time and are there any tax issues they will want to tickle my wallet with?
3 | At 12:01pm on Mar 13 2006, Jim wrote:
Last summer one of your articles questioned the problem of violence in New Orleans after hurricain Katrina, "The scarey part:" describes one of the problems with illegal immigration in America.
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