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Roundtable on Japan's Migration

2018 –


In the fall of 2018, JCIE launched a new roundtable to discuss Japan's immigration policy. The project's 25 members include national and municipal policymakers, business leaders, experts from NPOs, academics, and foreign residents.

2nd Meeting

February 7, 2019
Tokyo, Japan

JCIE held the second meeting of the Roundtable on Japan's Migration with the participation of Masaharu Nakagawa, a former minister of education. In light of last year's revisions to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, which expanded Japan's acceptance of foreign workers, the roundtable explored the content of a Basic Law on Foreigners Residing in Japan, which it plans to recommend in March. The members deepened their discussions on how Japan can position foreigners as full members of society— people who reside permanently in Japan, working, living with their family, and raising their children in Japan—rather than simply seeing them as a way to compensate for the country's labor shortages.