New Japanese Immigration Policy

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Very interesting article in the New York Times the other day about a new Japanese immigration program.  In response to growing unemployment rates and a shortage of unskilled labor positions, the Japanese government is attempting to encourage guest workers to leave their country in exchange for a lump sum of money.  The program specifically targets Latin Americans of Japanese descent, who since 1990 have been permitted to obtain a special work visa allowing them to work blue-collar jobs in Japan.  Now, the Japanese government is offering these individuals a few thousand dollars in exchange for a promise that they won't return to Japan. 

My reaction to a program like this is that the ultimate result of this policy will be to isolate Japanese culture and society from the rest of the world.  Japan is already widely known for unusually strict immigration laws, and a policy like this one will only enhance that reputation.  I personally believe that a major strength of American society as a whole is that it embraces multiculturalism.  The Japanese government, apparently, feels that multiculturalism is something that should be avoided at all costs.  That point is made clear by the comments of a senior Japanese legislator, who stated "I do not think that Japan should ever become a multiethnic society."  While the U.S. immigration system is certainly filled with many flawed policies, it is still at least a system that has allowed people of all ethnicities to seek opportunities within our borders. 

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