Population Decline & Immigration in Japan

2014–Present

Japan’s declining population presents a huge challenge. Although immigration is a possible solution, it has traditionally been viewed as a taboo subject and has not been analyzed logically or objectively in Japan. A robust dialogue on immigration is essential to combating and solving the burdens that continued population decline will place on Japanese society. With the goal of playing a guiding role in that dialogue, JCIE is building upon its previous work—including its “Multicultural Power” and “Building a Multiethnic Society and Revitalizing Local Communities” projects—to implement a new series of initiatives that addresses population decline and a vision for accepting foreigners into Japan.

PROGRAM NEWS


Welcoming Foreign Workers and Japan's Future | Fukuoka Symposium

November 26, 2019 | Fukuoka, Japan

JCIE’s Roundtable on Japan’s Migration Policy held an outreach symposium in Fukuoka to discuss topics their recommendations and seek input on immigration-related issues in Japan.


Listening to the Views of Migrants—Japanese and Korean Societies Living with Migrants

November 12, 2019 | Tokyo, Kochi, Aichi

A diverse group of experts on immigration and representatives from the immigrant communities of both Japan and Korea gathered for this symposium to share the lessons of the Japan–South Korea Immigrati…


4th Roundtable on Japan's Migration Policy

September 24, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

The third in a series of roundtables that are exploring the content of Japanese laws concerning foreigners residing in Japan.


Japan–South Korea Immigration Policy Exchange | 2nd Korea Site Visit

July 7–10, 2019 | South Korea

A one-week exchange program for a delegation from Japan consisting of immigrants and others with a special focus on national and local government efforts to support immigrant communities in South Kore…


3rd Roundtable on Japan's Migration Policy

June 24, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

The third in a series of roundtables that are exploring the content of Japanese laws concerning foreigners residing in Japan.


Japan–South Korea Immigration Policy Exchange | 2nd Japan Site Visit

May 30–June 2, 2019 | Tokyo and Hamamatsu, Japan

A one-week exchange program for a delegation from South Korea consisting of immigrants and others with a special focus on education for immigrants and attendance at the national forum for Solidarity N…


Roundtable on Japan's Migration Policy | Symposium on Accepting Foreigners and Japan's Future

March 26, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

As part of JCIE’s Roundtable on Japan’s Migration Policy series, a major symposium was convened to examine the question of “Accepting Foreigners and Japan’s Future—Toward a Basic Law on Foreigners Res…


2nd Roundtable on Japan's Migration Policy

February 7, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

The second in a series of roundtables that are exploring the content of Japanese laws concerning foreigners residing in Japan.


1st Japan Site Visit of the Immigration Policy Exchange Program

August 23–27, 2018 | Tokyo and Yokohama

A one-week exchange program for a delegation from South Korea consisting of immigrants and others to learn about Japanese immigrant workers and community services for immigrants and immigrant youth.


1st South Korea Site Visit of the Immigration Policy Exchange Program

April 25–29, 2018 | South Korea

A one-week exchange program for a delegation from Japan consisting of immigrants and others to learn about South Korean immigration policy and community services for immigrants.


Migration and Demographic Challenges: New Policy Approaches in Japan and Germany

February 22, 2017 | Tokyo

Japan and Germany face tremendous common challenges stemming from their aging societies. The taboo in Japan surrounding the issue of immigration is starting to dissipate, and this symposium marked the…


Germany’s Experience and the Implications for Japan: Why Is Germany Accepting Syrian Refugees?

December 5, 2015 | Tokyo

In collaboration with the Japan Association for Refugees, JCIE held this symposium on December 5, 2015, at Hosei University. The meeting was convened as part of JCIE’s program on Population Decline an…


Asia on the Move—Regional Challenges & Lessons for Japan

June 1, 2015 | Tokyo

On June 1, 2015, JCIE held a symposium in Tokyo to share the findings of a multinational case study project on The Movement of People in East Asia and the Role of Civil Society.


Managing Movements of People for Security and Prosperity in East Asia: Roles of Civil Society

February 1–2, 2015 | Tokyo

A multinational group of researchers met in Tokyo as part of a JCIE project on the Movement of People in East Asia and the Role of Civil Society, which was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. Ma…


The Road to Permanent Residency—Establishing a System for Accepting Foreigners

March 28, 2014 | Tokyo

On March 28, 2014, JCIE held a joint seminar with the Toshiba International Foundation at which the findings of the Multicultural Power project were discussed. The seminar featured a robust dialogue a…

RELATED ARTICLES


Japan May Allow Immigration of Hong Kong Financial Sector, Specialized Workers

Palash Gosh, International Business Times

June 12, 2020

Article on Japan potentially allowing immigration of Hong Kong financial sector workers. Features quotes from Toshihiro Menju, Managing Director and Chief Program Officer at JCIE


Japan’s Historic Immigration Reform: A Work in Progress

Toshihiro Menju, nippon.com

Feb 6, 2019

Toshihiro Menju analyzes the recent, controversial new reforms and their implications for Japanese immigration policy and the future of Japanese society.


Invite Foreign Interns to Settle in Japan, Think Tank Says

Tomohiro Osaki, Japan Times

October 29, 2014

Japan Times coverage of a policy proposal put forth as part of JCIE’s program on Population Decline & Immigration., which recommends that Japan replace its discredited national foreigners’ trainee pro…