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."
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