Japan and immigration: Looking beyond the Tokyo olympics

Gracia Liu-Farrer*

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Japan has so far seen forei gn workers as a stop-gap solution to intensifying labor shortages, as manifested in the labor import scheme for the Olympics. However, due to a gathering demographic crisis, the labor shortage will not disappear when the Olympics ends. Japan needs to create asocial environment where immigrants can more easily fit in. Perhaps the 2020 Olympics, with all its promises and challenges, will be an opportunity for Japan to envision a new form of society and redefineits nationalidentity from an exclusively monoethnic monocultural one to an embracing, inclusive and diverse one.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5345
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • History
  • Cultural Studies


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