Despite being long thought of as immune to the globalising effect of immigrant labour, now Japan has begun to experience major increases in the numbers of foreign workers. These migrants do not just come to work and return home, but bring families, form households with Japanese nationals and are spread throughout the country. With the country's impending population decline, a rapidly aging society, a low wage service sector and income disparities, it seems that the global age of migration is to become a permanent, if uncomfortable, feature of Japanese life. Japan and Global Migration brings together current researchh on foreign workers and households from a variety of different perspectives. This influx has had a substantial impact on Japan's economic, social and political landscape. The book asks three major questions: whether the recent wave of migration constitutes a new multicultural age challenging Japan's identity as homogenous society; how foreign workers confront the many difficulties living in Japan; how Japanese society is both resisting and accommodating the growing presence of foreign workers in their communities.
This book contains the most up to date, original data on Japanese migrant culture availble. Its inescapable conclusion is that the multicultural age has finally come to Japan; the question is whether foreign workers will be legally and socially assimilated into the fabric of Japanese society or will continue to be treated as temporary entrants with limited civil rights. The book is written with postgraduate students in Asian studies, Japanese studies, political science, sociology, anthropology and migration studies, in mind.