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Japan’s Immigrant Dilemma

The Abe Cabinet had had stable support from conservatives. However, the government is currently suffering from a conflict between supporters and measures to alleviate serious labor shortages.                                                                             On October 24th, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated in an extraordinary session of the diet that Japan would accept foreign workers in critical areas. Since the Abe Cabinet revitalized the Japanese economy, many industries have been suffering from serious labor shortages. Especially, construction companies must secure enough workers to build the venues for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.                                                                              In October 2016, the numbers of foreigner workers numbered over 1 million (1,083, 769) for the first time, an increase of 19% compared to the previous year. On the other hand, it is often reported in the media that some companies abuse foreigner workers in terms of cheap salaries or excessive work hours. The Abe Cabinet plans to create a new agency from the Immigration Bureau and will be tackled with employers to secure working conditions commensurate with Japanese workers.                                                                              The immigration overflow problem is occurring in the U.S. and European countries, and the resulting backlash should be instructive. They claim that immigrants deprive employment to citizens, salaries will be depressed, and that crime will increase.                                                                              Japanese place a premium on public safety. Japan’s public safety is the best among major developed countries. And, the majority of Japanese are irritated that many able-bodied immigrants are living on the welfare. In addition, welfare fraud is becoming a serious issue in Japan.                                                                              On the other hand, hardly any immigrants significantly add to Japan’s prestige. For instance, no immigrant has brought a Nobel Prize to Japan while Professor Youichi Nanbu and Prof. Shuuji Nakamura brought Nobel Prizes in Physics to the U.S., and Kazuo Ishiguro brought a Nobel Prize in Literature to the U.K. The reality is that the excellent will almost never immigrate to Japan.                                                                              Prime Minister Abe commented that foreigner workers are different from immigrants. But, I don’t believe so. West Germany accepted “guest workers” from Turkey since 1961. In the 1970s, Turkish workers moved there with their families. In Germany, dirty, dangerous, and/or gloomy jobs are now worked by Turks. They don’t return to their country any longer.                                                                              In Japan, even though many industries are short-handed, over 2 million (2,118,848 as of April) people are living on welfare. About half of them are 65 years or older, but most of the rest are capable of working. The Abe Cabinet should not coddle them, and force them to get a job before turning to worker from overseas.

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