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

February 22, 2017

Japan and Germany face tremendous common challenges stemming from their aging societies. As of today, Japan’s aging ratio has hit 27 percent, the highest in the world; Germany’s aging ratio sits at 21 percent, the third highest. To cope with the serious demographic and labor problems that result from that trend, Germany has been proactively accepting immigrants into its labor force, whereas Japan has not eased its immigration policies for the time being. However, the Japanese government is currently aiming to enact the world’s fastest permanent visa process for highly skilled workers, and is expected to discuss more proactive policies that will address Japan's depopulation and insufficient labor force.


Given the worldwide trend of growing anti-globalism and anti-refugee movements, both Japan and Germany need objective, fact-based approaches to issues surrounding immigration. By sharing their experiences in this field, Japanese and German experts and politicians sought to learn from each other and formulate forward-looking migration policies that can contribute to a dynamic and sustainable future.

The taboo in Japan surrounding the issue of immigration is starting to dissipate, and this symposium marked the the first time that Japanese parliamentarians from two different parties, Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa (Democratic Party) and Hon. Taro Kono (LDP), sat down to openly and positively discuss the need to open the country to immigrants, while the deputy chief editorial writer of Nikkei Shimbun confirmed that his paper is also in favor of a new immigration policy.







Date & Time February 22, 2017 (Wed.), 13:00-17:30
Venue International House of Japan
Language Japanese and German (simultaneous interpretation)
Organizers JCIE
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Supporter Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin (JDZB)





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